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Gibson Basses / Re: Need pix of the brothers!
« Last post by Highlander on August 16, 2017, 01:31:08 PM »
I'd offer about to stomp a poor innocent white pedal to death...? :mrgreen:
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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Music videos that feature Rics
« Last post by Highlander on August 16, 2017, 01:28:55 PM »
I'm eternally grateful to Bruce Foxton... he went into a shop in Hounslow and bought a white Epi Rivoli I had the cash for and when I discovered it was gone (were talking hours here, not days) I discovered the same shop had the PC for sale, £20 cheaper than the Epi...
Cheers Bruce... I owe you a pint, or at least a large dram... ;)
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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Motörhead meets Kia Soul Turbo
« Last post by Highlander on August 16, 2017, 01:19:46 PM »
Hayseed are regulars up in Inverness and the Highlands... :mrgreen:
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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by Highlander on August 16, 2017, 01:17:20 PM »
Like his iconic predecessor, Les Paul, I look forward to the Gibson Slash (tm) :-\

Oh yes, and as Uwe noted, I'm one of those folks who do not own a GnR recording and will be forever irritated by the persistent flat notes in the outro solo section of "September" Rain (sic) ...
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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by westen44 on August 16, 2017, 01:16:19 PM »
It's obvious Axl's bad boy image has an appeal to a segment of the female population.  That had to be a big factor in driving GNR.  Even now Lana Del Rey makes it clear she is quite a fan.  Once again, though, whatever it is that their music had I was never quite able to grasp. 
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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by uwe on August 16, 2017, 12:00:29 PM »
Musically better bands have come from America (I'd say GnR are on par with Oasis as regards their musical worth), but with GnR it is the whole late 80ies era defining package. They were the last hair metal band

- though they are more rock than metal, I saw them a few weeks ago at a three hour (!) gig - yes, Axl was on time!, they have quite a range of music on offer even though they hardly ever provide it with Toto'esque precision and aplomb :mrgreen:  -


to make it, yet also had that street credibility in them that was so important to the later grunge deluge. Add a few hits/iconic songs, Axl's love-it-or-hate-it-but-it's-unmistakeable Janis Joplin-screech plus that outlaw mystique that also served the Stones so well for decades. No one gives a damn whether Chad Kroeger is on stage late or early (of course he never is late, clockwork band he fronts) - with Axl we somehow do (or a lot of people do).

GnR were also a canvas of easily identifiable characters for a lot of adolescent fans: With Axl as the enigmatic diva with sartorial splendor/daring and unhinged moods (but he wouldn't do something really irresponsible like kill someone driving drunk), Slash as a cardboard cliché of a rock god guitarist, Duff as the credible punk, Izzy as Mr Cool (strong and silent) and Steven Adler as Mr Unlucky everyone somehow still likes and cares for.

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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by westen44 on August 16, 2017, 11:07:16 AM »
It's just that for me Guns 'n Roses never cut it for me.  I could never get into their music at all.  It's comparable to U2.  Try as I may, I could never understand what the appeal was for either band.  I have never wished either band ill, though.  They probably deserve the success they have; I just don't know why. 
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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by lowend1 on August 16, 2017, 10:33:34 AM »
Yeah, it's a good choice. He is almost exclusively associated with Gibson guitars. He crosses over both musically and culturally, and appeals to different segments of the guitar buying public. Then there's the fact that his parents were tied into the music business in the areas of clothing design and artwork at a fairly high level, so he's probably got some pretty interesting numbers in his phone book too.
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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by uwe on August 16, 2017, 10:10:28 AM »
Unless you are in Henry J-bashing mode, Slash is a good choice. He is a face/top hat that people know who haven't owned a GnR album in their life. Like ZZ Top or the Ramones, he is a "near-cartoon-character" icon for what "rock" is perceived to be by people who don't know much about it. Slash himself is as much a lifestyle brand as he is a rock guitarist who favors Les Pauls. So his choice as global ambassador for a company like Gibson that by Henry J's own announcement wants to become a lifestyle brand like Harley-Davidson or Nike makes perfect sense.

Now you might not agree with that lifestyle concept of Henry J, but that is another question. It's a logical implementation of what he wants. It's no less a weird choice than a perfume or make-up manufacturer picking an actress to advertise its products. Or Nike choosing an athlete.

As for Slash, he appreciates

https://www.facebook.com/Slash/posts/10151598468122439

an also top-hat-wearing individual dear to me



so there!  :mrgreen:

I wouldn't write a bad thing about him. I would even go as far as to unequivocally state that his guitar style and choice of solo notes are as flawlessly clean and precise as Jimmy Page's. Always Duff as a bass player, but never a duff note.  :rimshot:

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Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« Last post by westen44 on August 16, 2017, 09:31:58 AM »
I can't remember ever at any point being excited about Slash.  I don't know who I would have chosen to represent Gibson, but it definitely wouldn't have been Slash.  Nothing against him personally--just never been a fan. 
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