PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Gibson USA Custom Shop. In this segment, we get to see and learn more about Gibson's newest models for 2011--Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul, Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess with Floyd Rose, Marc Bolan Les Paul, 1959 Les Paul Reissue, Don Felder Hotel California Les Paul, EDS-1275 Hotel California double-neck, and the F-G5 Mandolin.



PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Gibson USA Custom Shop. In this segment, we get to see and learn more about Gibson's newest models for 2011--Eric Clapton 1960 Les Paul, Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess with Floyd Rose, Marc Bolan Les Paul, 1959 Les Paul Reissue, Don Felder Hotel California Les Paul, EDS-1275 Hotel California double-neck, and the F-G5 Mandolin.

The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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Jazz virtuoso Lionel Loueke joins us in contemplating who we’d put at the helm while making the album of a lifetime. Plus, musical obsessions!

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