Gibson releasing free limited edition high-def guitar album online

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gibson_robot_guitar_stylised.jpgGibson Guitar has announced that it’s releasing a music album, featuring performances by some of the world’s best guitarists, exclusively for download from HDTracks.com.

Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High Definition will be available for just sixty days from 6th October (yesterday, by my calculations, though the web site still lists it as “available for download soon”) in a variety of high quality audio formats including uncompressed AIFF and FLAC and 320kbps MP3, all DRM-free.

Sounding good? Well, if your broadband connection is ready to accept the challenge, keep an eye on HDTracks.com. One lucky person who downloads the album before 6th December will also win a Gibson Robot Les Paul guitar, plus other gear from Creative Labs.

The album, which won’t be released in any other format, features tracks from the likes of Johnny A, Michael Burks, Billy Burnette, Chris Cain, Nick Colionne, Tinsley Ellis, Eric Johnson, Peter Karp, Big Bill Morganfield, Kenny Neal, Arlen Roth with Sonny Landreth, Neal Schon and Johnny Winter, plus a never-before-heard instrumental track featuring father and son team Abraham Laboriel Sr and Jr performing with Slash.

“Gibson is committed to providing its customers with the most innovative and exciting musical experiences in the world,” said chairman/CEO of Gibson Guitar, Henry Juszkiewicz. “This will be one of many such opportunities as we continue to partner with HDtracks on this pioneering effort.”

Co-founder of HDtracks, Henry Juszkiewicz, commented, “I’ve never been a fan of MP3s and I wanted to have a website that delivered the same quality music as you’d get in a record store.”

Here’s hoping the HDTracks web site has plenty of capacity. I’m waiting…

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Andy Merrett