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Gibson Guitars and Carlton Cases Unite for a Collaboration

Two goliaths of guitar engineering and design, Gibson and Carlton Cases, have united to unveil the first ever Gibson Series of guitar cases, powered by Carlton Cases. To view the new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton Cases, visit here.

“I am excited to offer the new collaboration with Carlton,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “When it comes to traveling and sending my personal collection around the world for artists to use in the studio, at home, and on tour, I rely on Carlton to keep them safe. We are thrilled to partner with Carlton to create and offer this new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton and offer it to our fans.”

“It’s thrilling to work directly with such a historic influential megaforce in the music industry,” adds Jeff Poss, Owner of Carlton Cases. “The team at Gibson are attentive to every detail; it’s why we get along so well and surely why the Gibson Signature Series are the best cases to come out of Carlton, ever.”

An American icon for 126 years, Gibson has been a heroic figure across all genres of music, a symbol of quality in sound and guitar design worldwide now paving the way for another century of success in guitar stylings and creativity. For over 50 years, Calton Cases has proudly designed customized cases for guitarists that have protected and lengthened the lifespan of their beloved guitars with custom flair, so instruments can transcend generations.

Guitars are a legacy, carried over generations in songs sung and stories told and at Calton Cases, we identify with Gibson’s unmatched quality and attention to detail. Every case at Calton Cases is customized and tailored to preserve each unique and amazing guitar for a lifetime and more and every Gibson guitar is a tool for legendary music in the making.

The resulting Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases has forged an immaculate line of guitar cases, well-designed and built, and collaboratively customized from look and feel to strength and durability.

There is no compromise in the aesthetic and endurance of the new Gibson Signature Series. The brown and subtle metallic-copper gelcoat exterior is an electrifying embodiment of the classic combined with modern ideals for which Calton is renowned worldwide. Meanwhile, the sumptuous Gibson color-matched plush pink interior and riotous brass hardware rock Gibson’s rebellious spirit.

With the success of this launch the Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases, it’s clear that Gibson guitars and Calton Cases will continue this unstoppable unity for many years to come.

Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior Available Worldwide

By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future with instruments that nurture new players across generations and genres of music. Gibson and Lukas Nelson have announced they’ll release the first-ever Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior.

Lukas Nelson knows all about legacies, indeed he’s been hard at work carving his own for most of his young, but extremely eventful life. This customized Gibson Les Paul Junior is inspired by Lukas Nelson’s own 1956 Junior.

“The beauty of this guitar is that it is very versatile with the sound. In fact, I can get a lot of different tones just from the P90 and the way that I attack the strings and through the intonation and the vibrato that I give,” says Lukas Nelson. “If I hit it lighter, it doesn’t break up as much. If I get into it, it gets a lot of grit and dirt and breaks up. It’s a versatile tone, which I’m pretty grateful for. Frankly, Gibson has been nothing but incredible to us – to me – since I’ve met them. And this guitar has taken me on a long journey. It’s taken me to some amazing places, and I hope that a lot of other people get the same opportunity with their version of my guitar.”

Lukas and Gibson’s Luthiers worked closely to develop his Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior. Several prototypes were road tested by Lukas on tour over this past year and the end result is Lukas’s vision. Based off his beloved 1956 Les Paul Junior which has been his main guitar for several years, the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior is rooted in tradition with some modern enhancements.

Like his original, the single cutaway slab Mahogany body, and neck are crafted of genuine Mahogany for its resonant tonal characteristics and moderate weight. The fat 50’s-style neck profile feels smooth and comfortable while providing rigidity and sustain. It features a Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and medium jumbo frets for a vintage feel with modern playability. Finished in a deluxe satin Vintage Sunburst, this shade was developed to capture the same vintage patina of his original.

The single, dog-ear P-90 pickup features Alnico III magnets and is voiced to replicate the tonal response that Lukas requires. The single volume and tone controls have gold speed knobs (as used in 1956) and are hand-wired featuring an orange drop capacitor and original spec 500k vintage audio taper pots. The aged nickel-plated hardware includes Vintage Deluxe strip style tuners w/ white buttons like the originals but feature a higher gear ratio for improved performance. The 50’s style wraparound bridge provides the same look and solid resonance as the original, but it is made with a stealthy compensation contour to improve intonation accuracy.

The new Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior will officially be available worldwide at all Authorized Gibson Dealers in August 2020.

Gibson Announces Frank Hannon ‘Love Dove’ Acoustic Guitar

By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future generations. Gibson is proud to announce a new acoustic collaboration with Frank Hannon, the acclaimed solo artist, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the multi-platinum band TESLA. The new Frank Hannon ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar marks Frank’s first signature guitar in his 35-year music career and is now available worldwide at all authorized Gibson Dealers.

Frank used his 70’s era Gibson Dove to write and record numerous songs, including the TESLA hits “What You Give,” “Stir it Up,” he also recorded the celebrated intro to the ballad “Love Song” for the “Times Makin Changes” video collection. After trying many acoustic guitars, it’s the Gibson Dove model that Frank has faithfully used to record and tour with for the past 30 years. The new “Love Dove” model guitar can be seen and heard on TESLA’s latest release 5 Man London Jam recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios, and it is filled with love, power and performance like Frank’s lyrical, vocal and musical prowess.

The Frank Hannon “Love Dove” acoustic guitar is highly customized featuring a thermally Aged Sitka spruce top, married to a maple back and sides, allowing for supreme response and resonance. A 70’s era Dove bridge with scalloped wings decorated with mother-of-pearl wing inlays adorn the center, and the highly desirable Dove pick guard features hand-engraved and painted details. Each “Love Dove” comes in Vintage Cherry Sunburst and is commemorated with a signed inside label by Frank Hannon and custom Love engraved truss cover written by Frank himself.

Visit the Gibson blog to watch a video of Frank Hannon playing the ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar, and to read an interview with him. More information on the ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar can be found here.

Gibson Teams Up with MyMusicRx for a Sweepstakes

Gibson, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has teamed up with MyMusicRx, flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA), to bring the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses.

Help support this worthy cause with a donation, and you could win one of six Epiphone, Gibson, and Kramer guitars PLUS interactive guitar lessons through a year-long subscription to the Amped guitar learning app and a swag bag full of Gibson merch!

Prizes include:

  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Cherry
  • Epiphone Casino – Vintage Sunburst
  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Iced Tea
  • Kramer-Assault-Plus – Vintage Sunburst
  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Honeyburst
  • Epiphone Masterbilt-DR500

Your generous donation will directly support MyMusicRx’s free music medicine programs for hospitalized kids and teens. These tailored, one-on-one music experiences are designed to relieve their stress, anxiety, and perception of pain, allowing kids and teens to improve their mental and emotional well-being through the healing power of music.

The Sweepstakes is available until June 26, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST. The Drawing Date is June 29, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST. Each entry gives you a chance to win any prize.

Entry Prices:

  • 10 Entries for $5
  • 30 Entries for $10
  • 100 Entries for $25

You can get 5 more entries by posting your link (presumably on social media), and 5 more entries when friends use your link. Friends get 5 more entries for using your link.

The Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding New York), the District of Columbia, countries in the EU, U.K., and Canada who are 18 (except 19 on Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi) years of age as of the date of the entry or legal age of majority or older in their country of residence.

Canadian winners will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question as a condition of receiving a prize.

Sweepstakes is void in Cuba, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, the Province of Quebec, and any place where offering the sweepstakes or awarding of a prize is prohibited.

Gibson to Showcase New Products at Shanghai International Expo Centre

Gibson announced that it will showcase an array of new guitars, top talent, and a handful of rare guitars at Music China 2019 – Asia’s largest trade show in the music industry – October 10-13 at the Shanghai International Expo Centre.

At Music China 2019, Gibson will be on the ground to connect with Dealers, Strategic partners, and Distributors, to forge new relationships and explore throughout the region. Gibson’s new CEO and President James “JC” will visit, marking his first time in a decade a top executive at Gibson has visited Music China 2019.

The Gibson booth and experience at Music China will feature exciting, award-winning new products from the brand including the new G-45 Series Collection – the G-45 Standard and G-45 Studio guitars. Hand-crafted by skilled artisans at the Gibson acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana – who build the most cherished and iconic acoustic models – the G-Series offers acoustic players of all levels the perfect mix of tone and performance with traditional Gibson style and value.

The newly released Gibson Original, Modern and Custom Shop Collections as well as the recently launched String Collections will be on display in full at Music China. Featuring the Les Paul Standard 50s, Les Paul Standard 60’s, Les Paul Special in TV Yellow, Les Paul Junior in Tobacco Burst, the SG 61 Standard with factory stop-tail, Mastro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figures and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, the J-45 and Hummingbird as well as the J-200, the Gibson Original Collection brings classic design, innovation and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans.

The Gibson Modern Collection builds on Gibson’s solid legacy of coveted innovation by introducing modern features players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability. The Les Paul and SG Modern, Les Paul Studio and Tribute models, the new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2, and modern Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15 as well as the Parlor acoustic models round out the Gibson Modern Collection.

Enter the Gibson Iced Tea Burst Giveaway

Gibson is doing a giveaway of a Les Paul Standard 60’s Iced Tea Burst guitar. Those who are interested in entering the giveaway must do so before May 2019 ends. No purchase is necessary.

To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States. The winner will be announced the second week of June 2019. You may want to read the Terms & Conditions before entering the giveaway.

The Les Paul Standard returns to the classic design that made it relevant, played and loved – shaping sound across generations and genres of music. It pays tribute to Gibson’s Golden Era of Innovation and brings authenticity back to life.

The Les Paul Standard 60’s has a solid mahogany body with an AA figured maple top, and a slim taper 60’s style mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and trapezoid inlays. It’s equipped with a classic-style Tune-O-Matic bridge, aluminum stop bar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic “Kidney” tuners, and gold top hat knobs with silver reflectors. The Burstbucker 61R (neck) Buckstrider 61T (bridge) pickups are loaded with AINiCo V magnets, audio taper potentiometers and orange drop capacitors.

Guitar specs:


  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AA Figured Maple
  • Weight Relief: None
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer


  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Scale Length: 24.75”/62.865cm
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12” / 304.8mm
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Graph Technology
  • Nut Width: 1.695”/43.05mm
  • End-of-Board Width: 2.26”/57.4mm
  • Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoids


  • Finish: Nickel
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatics w/Kidney Buttons
  • Pick Guard: Cream
  • Control Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Silver Reflector & Pointers
  • Switch Tip: Amber
  • Switch Washer: Cream
  • Jack Plate: Cream

Gibson Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Variety reported that Gibson Brands Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 1, 2018, “with a turnaround plan that will give some of the company’s lender’s equity ownership of the long-running guitar and musical equipment company that has become synonymous with classic rock and roll.”

Chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands, Henry Juszkiewicz, posted about this on Gibson’s Facebook page. He started the post with “Dear Friends:”

Yesterday, we made a significant announcement that marks the next phase of Gibson’s long and storied history. We are re-focusing the Company on the manufacturing of world-class, iconic musical instruments and the continued development of the global Gibson brand, by reorganizing around its core business in the Musical Instruments segment. Gibson has reached a Restructuring Support Agreement with its majority stakeholders that clears the way for the continued financing and operations of the musical instrument business.

To implement the agreement, the Company filed today to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Delaware. This will allow our Company to continue to design, build, sell and manufacture Gibson’s legendary guitars and instruments without interruption.

Gibson included some important facts to know about the Chapter 11 process:

  • Gibson Brands is not going out of business. The legal process is being used to implement a reorganization of the Musical Instruments division, not liquidation
  • The filings do not change pricing, inventory, ordering, or delivery timing of our guitars, musical instruments and Pro Audio equipment.
  • There will be no change to the quality of service and support our customers have come to expect from us.
  • There will be no changes to our warranty and customer service policies.

In addition, Gibson posted a tweet that said: “Gibson filed yesterday to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code. This does NOT mean Gibson is going out of business. It means it is reorganizing its business to focus on guitars and musical instruments and becoming a stronger company in the process.”

Gibson also tweeted: “Rest assured, there will be no changes to our warranty and return policies and we are still making, selling and shipping the world’s most iconic guitars. Our relationship with you is important to us and we’re excited for what the future holds.” The tweet ended with #onlyagibsonisgoodenough

Neat Microphones Creates Widget Series

Neat Microphones Widget SeriesNeat Microphones has a futuristic, colorful, line of microphones that look like something that would not seem out of place in The Jetsons cartoon. Each one is a little, functional, sculpture. Together, these three visually interesting mics are the Widget Series.

The Widget Series of microphones are uniquely styled, USB ‘plug and play’, high-definition microphones. The three mics look very different from each other, but each uses the same proprietary capsule and circuit design that delivers remarkable sonic character, regardless of the Widget’s shape. These microphones are for podcasters, musicians, or even for people who need to take part in an internet conference call.

Microphone A is the green one with the yellow highlights. Microphone B is the red one with yellow highlights. Microphone C is the blue one with yellow highlights. Each one is a desktop microphone with clear, full-range 96kHz/24 bit audio. Each has a custom capsule, integrated internal pop filter, shockmount, and adjustable height.

All the microphones are easy plug-and-play with either Mac or Windows. These microphones are for use with Skype, conferencing, videos, blogs, voiceovers, music, and more. Gizmodo reports that the Widget Series of mics by Neat Microphones will hit stores like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon starting on November 15, 2015, and for a price of $99 each.