gibson les paul custom silverburst stephen van zandt

This well-worn road warrior Gibson Les Paul Custom is a 1978 model, in a rare silverburst finish.


This well-worn road warrior Gibson Les Paul Custom is a 1978 model, in a rare silverburst finish.
Two Tom Anderson humbuckers have been installed, an H3 in the bridge and an H1 in the neck, and the frets have been replaced with a stainless steel type, which form a pyramid shape. The instrument is actually a factory second, but surprisingly there are no structural flaws. There is a slight flaw in the back burst tip, which is the likely reason why it was stamped a “second.” The story that came with the guitar is that it once belonged to Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band. [As of press time, PG has been unable to confirm this.]

Guitar store staff have better things to do than clean your instrument, so a well-loved but unsoiled 6-string like this is going to command a higher trade-in value than one that comes in covered in years of residue.

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There's an overwhelming amount of activity in the guitar market these days, and the sheer amount of demand has left some manufacturers struggling to keep up. But rather than wait around for stores to re-stock, more and more customers are shopping for used and vintage guitars. You might wonder, where do all those used guitars come from?

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How jangle, glam, punk, shoegaze, and more blended to create a worldwide phenomenon. Just don’t forget your tambourine.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Learn genre-defining elements of Britpop guitar.
  • Use the various elements to create your own Britpop songs.
  • Discover how “borrowing” from the best can enrich your own playing.
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When considering the many bands that fall under the term “Britpop”–Oasis, Blur, Suede, Elastica, Radiohead’s early work, and more–it’s clear that the genre is more an attitude than a specific musical style. Still, there are a few guitar techniques and approaches that abound in the genre, many of which have been “borrowed” (the British music press’ friendly way of saying “appropriated”) from earlier British bands of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

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