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Introducing the Gibson Generation Collection: A New Line of Acoustic Guitars Purpose-Built For Players To Hear More of Themselves

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Above: the Gibson Generation Collection of acoustic guitars.

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When it comes to musical instruments, there are few designs more elemental and timeless than the acoustic guitar. With just a hollow wood body, a wooden neck and fretboard and a few choice pieces of metal and plastic, the instrument has fueled music creation for centuries, and remains a staple of rock, pop, folk, blues and myriad other styles to this day.

Similarly, for much of that time Gibson, the legendary 128-year-old instrument maker, has crafted some of the most iconic acoustic guitars in history. Today, Gibson continues to build popular and enduring designs like the J-45, the J-200, and The Hummingbird. At the same time, the brand is pushing forward into new and imaginative acoustic guitar territory – proving that in the right hands, even the most traditional of instruments can serve as a platform for innovation in sound and style.

The brand-new Gibson Generation Collection is the latest example of Gibson tapping into its distinctive history in the service of designing guitars for the modern era. The four acoustics in the Generation Collection – the small-bodied G-00, the slope-shouldered G-45, the cutaway-equipped G-Writer, and the Jumbo-sized G-200 – are constructed around an innovative side sound hole design that projects sound up toward players. Meaning that, for the first time, guitarists are hearing exactly what their audience is hearing. This sound hole, which Gibson has dubbed the Player Port, was developed from a long-lost 1964 blueprint discovered in the Gibson archives, which illustrated a guitar with a sound hole built into the side of the body.

Learn more about the Gibson Generation Collection: HERE.

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Explore the new Gibson Generation Collection on Gibson.comhttps://www.gibson.com/en-US/generation.

“Gibson’s historical items and archives have moved so many times that it’s a wonder we have anything left at all,” says Mat Koehler, Senior Director of Product Development at Gibson. “But a lot of amazing things still exist from Gibson’s golden era, like this blueprint, which I believe has to be the first documented use of a side port on a guitar.”

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Above: the small-bodied Gibson Generation Collection G-00.

Watch the G-00 video: HERE.

Perhaps too unconventional a concept for 1964, the side port-equipped model never went into production, and soon faded from memory. Until now. The new Gibson Generation guitars incorporate an updated version of the original 1964 side port concept into the Player Port design, providing players with a next-level immersive sonic experience. In addition to the sound being projected out at the listener via the traditional sound hole in the top of the guitar, the Player Port, on the side of the body, directs it right at the player. “As a result, you can hear more of yourself than ever before,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson.

Koehler likens the effect to “wearing in-ear monitors and having a microphone in front of your guitar. It’s that different of a playing experience. The first time we tried out a prototype, we were blown away by what we were hearing.” And the benefit is not just in performance. “If you’re sitting in your room practicing, or even just learning guitar for the first time, hearing all of those nuances in your playing is going to help you in your development.”

Gueikian stresses that, true to their name, these acoustics were designed with a “new generation” of player in mind. Meaning that in addition to groundbreaking features like the Player Port, other design aspects – thinner bodies, slimmer neck profiles, and a flatter fingerboard radius – were incorporated to provide an overall easier playing experience. Combined with the immersive sonics, the result is a guitar that you want to sit with longer, helping to spark creativity and a desire to further explore and hone your skills on the instrument.

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Above: the Gibson Generation Collection G-45 acoustic guitar.

Watch the G-45 video: HERE.

“The slimmer build, along with other little tweaks, make it a little more comfortable than a vintage-style acoustic guitar,” Koehler says. “These are small changes that really modernize the build and make the instrument more comfortable to play than most other acoustics in the marketplace.”

And the Generation guitars achieve this with the added benefit of being offered at an affordable price point. Like all Gibson guitars, all four models are USA-built at Gibson’s Bozeman, Montana, craftory and are constructed of premium solid woods, including Sitka spruce tops, walnut backs and sides, “a beautiful, sustainable and great-sounding wood,” Koehler adds, utile necks and striped ebony fingerboards. The G-Writer and G-200 guitars also add in an LR Baggs Element Bronze pickup system for easy amp plug-in and-play.

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Above: the Gibson Generation Collection G-200 acoustic guitar.

Watch the G-200 video: HERE.

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Above: the Gibson Generation Collection G-Writer.

Watch the G-Writer video: HERE.

“For Gibson, innovation is not just a new guitar feature or new electronics,” Gueikian adds. “It’s also about creating a premium made-in-USA Gibson guitar at an accessible price.”

And indeed, these are classic Gibson guitars through-and-through. “The goal was not to reinvent the wheel, but to improve the creating and performing experience for the player,” Koehler says. “So the best part is that even with the Player Port and the other modern features, the Generation guitars still sound intrinsically like a Gibson.”

Tradition and innovation, all wrapped up in a great-sounding, easy-to-play and affordable acoustic. More than a century in, this continues to be the Gibson way. “Orville Gibson started this whole thing in 1894 with analog innovation and respecting the value of an instrument as an artistic tool,” Koehler says. “And that’s what we keep in mind with every new guitar we offer: How can we innovate in a way where it still ties into the Gibson legacy, but also has slight improvements for today’s player? And I think we really hit that balance with these new acoustics.”

“This is an idea that began in Gibson’s golden era in 1964 and is now being put into practice in 2021,” Gueikian says. “We always talk about leveraging our iconic past to lean into the future, and the Gibson Generation Collection acoustics feel like the ultimate expression of that belief.”

Gibson Generation Collection:

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Why Fans Are Convinced Pete Davidson Snapped Kim Kardashian’s Latest Bikini Shots

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Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson Get COZY on Date Night

Nothing says amore like getting all your right angles.

 

At least that what’s fans think when it comes to Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, all thanks to one of her latest bikini pics. Kim had her Instagram followers buzzing on Jan. 17 when she posted three photos of herself frolicking alongside a beach in her two-piece swimsuit, captioning the series of snaps, “Mother Nature.”

 

But it was the third photo itself that seem to catch everyone’s attention since there was a noticeable shadow in the photo behind the lens, and for fans—that could only be one person.

 

“The shadow is Pete, we all agree right,” one person wrote. Another added, “Tell Pete to not get a shadow next time.” A third follower commented, “Not me zooming on the shadow of the photographer to see if it was Pete.”

 

All small social media investigations aside, the assumption of boyfriend-turned-photographer wouldn’t be that far-fetched considering the budding romance between the two seems to be going pretty strong.

Ever since the couple confirmed their relationship last November, there have been several low-key dates between Kim and Pete. Not to mention, the couple took their date nights beyond their local spots, most recently jet-setting for a getaway in the Bahamas—where he likely could’ve snapped those bikini pics.

However, the relationship between the SNL star and the SKIMS founder goes beyond palm tree and pictures, with a source telling E! News in early January that “Kim and Pete are getting very serious,” adding that Kim is “smitten and the relationship is very exciting to her.”

 

As for whose shadow that was for sure? Well, social media seems to be keeping up with the clues. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears glosses over Dan Schneider scandal in her memoir

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January 18, 2022 | 8:00am

Jamie Lynn Spears heaps praise on “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider in her new memoir but fails to acknowledge the allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him.

When Spears, 30, first mentions Schneider, 56, in “Things I Should Have Said,” she credits him as the person who “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy.

“The show attracted some of the best professionals in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneider, was exacting and insisted on professionalism,” she writes.

Spears then applauds Schneider, who infamously had a habit of tweeting photos of young actress’ feet, for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.”

But any mention of the embattled showrunner ends there.

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“Things I Should Have Said” hit stores Tuesday.
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Schneider was once an unstoppable force at Nickelodeon, creating children’s sitcoms including “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.”

But in March 2018, the network abruptly cut ties with the producer so he could “pursue other opportunities and projects.” Page Six broke the news at the time that he walked away with a $7 million payout.

Deadline reported soon after that “for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,” while the New York Times revealed in June 2021 that an internal investigation at Nickelodeon had found Schneider was verbally abusive toward co-workers. (The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)

Dan Schneider accepting the 2014 Kids' Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Schneider is the sole recipient of the Kids’ Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Schneider denied to the Times that he had ever acted inappropriately at work, saying in part, “I couldn’t and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”

He also insisted that his photos and videos of kids’ feet were “totally innocent.”

Schneider was most recently credited as the creator of Paramount+’s “iCarly” revival, which premiered in June 2021, though he had no creative involvement.

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Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years

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January 18, 2022 | 7:49am

She said “yes” — for the fifth time.

Jodie Sweetin announced on Instagram Monday that she is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after four years of dating.

The “Fuller House” alum quoted famed author Maya Angelou before leaving fans with a romantic caption of her own.

“I love you Mescal, for always,” Sweetin wrote. “You’re my person. I can’t wait to see the life that lies ahead for us.”

Sweetin’s photo included a close-up look at her marquis-style engagement ring, which Wasilewski gave to her two days before her 40th birthday.

“Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together,” she continued. “I think I’m really gonna like turning 40 ❤️❤️❤️💍.”

Wasilewski shared the same photo on his Instagram and added, “So that happened…”

Sweetin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Shaun Holguin lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006. The “Finding Santa” star then married Cody Herpin in 2007. The former couple, who split in 2010, share daughter Zoie, 13.

She shares daughter Beatrix, 11, with ex-husband Morty Coyle, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2016.

The “Love Under the Rainbow” actress then became engaged to Justin Hodak in 2016, but the two never made it to the altar.

Sweetin’s engagement comes just over a week after her “Full House” co-star Bob Saget died unexpectedly at age 65. The cast released a joint statement in the aftermath, saying they were grieving “as a family.”

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Wasilewski popped the question just days before Sweetin’s 40th birthday.
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“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family,” they said in the statement released on Instagram last week.

“Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

The statement was signed by stars Sweetin, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as series creator Jeff Franklin. 

More than 100 stars turned out to remember the late comic at his funeral.

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