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Les Paul: Gibson vs Epiphone – Can You Tell The Difference?

March 28, 2014 by · 14 Comments 

Hey Gear-Vault readers! An interesting debate was brought before our attention earlier this week and we thought we’d pass it along to you guys. Let’s put your mad guitar knowledge to the test! Comment your answer at the end of this kick ass discussion!

Can you tell which is Gibson and which is the Epiphone?

Now let’s take a closer look at these two guitars:

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Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul

At first glance, these two guitars appear quite similar. In fact, many players might even have trouble distinguishing between the two. However, did you know that the left guitar often costs as much as NINE TIMES than the one on the right? That’s right. The axe on the left is perhaps one of the most recognizable guitars in the world: a Gibson Les Paul Standard. You can typically purchase one of these for around $2500-3500. Pictured just to the right of the Gibson is the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, which usually clocks in at just under Read more

Legends of Gibson Vintage Semi-Hollow Body Guitars

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage Gibson ES-335 Semi-HollowbodyIn 1958, Gibson brought the ES-335 into the world in response to Jazz Players whose hollow-bodied git-boxes howled with feedback. Looking very much like a traditional thinline hollow body, the 335 had a center block of maple that cut feedback while it spawned a far-flung family of subtle, genetic variation, such as Gibson’s Vintage ES-345, ES-347, ES-350 and ES-355 models, Epiphone’s Sheraton, Casino and Riviera guitars and a slew of close relatives and out-and-out clones by virtually every guitar maker in existence. Read more

Win a Gibson ES 335 Electric Guitar

February 13, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

Gibson Joe Bonamassa 335 electric guitar
Here’s your chance to win a beautiful Gibson ES 335 Semi-Hollow body Joe Bonamassa Signature Model guitar! This guitar values at around $3,300 big ones.

Contest ends April 4th

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Video: Gibson ES-335 Joe Bonamassa

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Sexy Gibson ES 335
Gibson Joe Bonamassa 335 guitar

Gibson Guitars vs Fender Guitars – Which is better?

June 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

fender vs gibsonAh, the classic Gibson vs. Fender debate. This dispute has become so famous and so controversial that nearly all guitarists are forced to segregate themselves and declare their allegiances. But why form such specific, exclusive factions, driving a wedge between the guitar playing community? For good reason, as it turns out the two companies build different guitars for different purposes, making it perfectly reasonable that some players only pick a Fender while others are firm Gibson men (and women). But which is best for the player who has yet to pledge themselves to one brand? Read on and find out. Read more

Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars

May 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars There is a lot of fuss made in the guitar community about so-called ‘vintage’ guitars, ‘vintage’ being another word for ‘old’. There is a certain part of our world that longs to play a 30-, 40-, or even 50-year-old guitar or bass for a variety of reasons. To be honest, there is something to this argument when it is applied to instruments that truly are products of what many to be the ‘golden era’ of guitar production in the USA which, if we combine acoustic and electric guitars, would be roughly from the 1920’s to about 1970.
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Fireball Electric Guitar

May 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gibson Les Paul Standard Firebal
Gibson brings innovation to Robot Guitar tuning technology with the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited Electric Guitar. Les Paul, Gibson, and the Les Paul guitar have always been about innovation. With a legacy as one of the most versatile electric guitars available, the robot Les Paul knocks versatility right off the charts, courtesy of Gibson USA.

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With Robot Guitar automated tuning capabilities, 2 different but seminal magnetic pickups, a piezo-loaded bridge, and Chameleon Tone Technology courtesy of its Master Control Knob (MCK), the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited packs a dizzying array of sonic capabilities, all primed to unlock your inner creative potential. From the raw, biting crunch of a hot, chrome-covered, hum-canceling P-90H in the neck position and the sizzling wail and punch of an overwound BurstBucker 3 in the bridge, to the subtle acoustic response of its piezo bridges saddles — and any conceivable blend of the three, accessed instantly from the MCK — the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited really does pack all the tonal colors of the rainbow. And to keep it all sounding true, Gibson’s exclusive Robot Technology puts you perfectly into tune in seconds at the push of a button, or shifts you into any of a countless number of open and alternate tunings, all accessed at your command. Read more

Gibson 335-S Solidbody Electric Guitar

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Electric Guitars

Down through history, people have constantly been in search of the next big thing. From the car, to the washing machine, the compact disc to the iPod, many things are thrown at the wall, but only certain things stick.

This same principle remains a constant in the field of guitars; the tried and true functional pieces ring true for players of all sorts, and the flashy toys eventually end up in the garbage can with yesterday’s potato chips. And yet, some of these things that really should be utilized to the fullest extent end up being tossed away with everything else, for one reason or another, only to be brought back into popularity many years later on a retro throwback trend. Read more

Fender and Gibson 9/11 Tribute Guitars

September 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Stratocaster GuitarsI’m a little late to the party, but thought this was something worth posting. I thought it was a classy move by both Fender and Gibson guitars. Below are the press releases and images of the 9/11 tribute guitars. Read more

Gibson Guitar Corporation Raided by Federal Agents

August 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Gibson GuitarsThe Gibson Guitar Corporation is under fire once again for suspicion of violating foreign wood and labor laws. Read more

Gibson Midtown Standard with Bigsby

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Gibson  Midtown Standard GuitarEvery year or so, the big 2 guitar manufacturers [Gibson, Fender], release a guitar that is designated as their latest “Wow Guitar”. You know, the ones that are pure eye and ear candy, that tempt you with selling your car to have one of your own. Read more

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