Gibson Guitar, the musical instrument manufacturer, has partnered with HDtracks to offer free, downloadable, high-definition music — a first of its kind collaboration for an instrument manufacturer. The exclusive offering to fans of Gibson Guitar, titled "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition", is a diverse collection of music performed by the world's best guitarists and will be available as a FREE download at Gibson.com for a limited time. "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition" features exclusive tracks from legendary performers 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 (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES). Guests at Gibson.com can read about the brilliant musical performances and download the entire album in high definition for free on Monday, October 6, 2008 and for 60 days thereafter through HDtracks.com. On December 6, 2008, the first-of-a-kind album will no longer be available with no plans to redistribute it in any format.The high-definition format of "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition" guarantees a listening experience never available before for consumers. The resolution of the audio does matter! They will also have the option of choosing the format in which to download it. Fans who download the album are automatically entered to win an exclusive Gibson Robot Les Paul guitar and other prizes from Creative Labs. "Gibson Presents: Hot Tones in High-Definition" is a non-DRM, high-definition download available in AIFF, FLAC, and 320kpbs MP3 formats. The download is available for 60 days in the U.S. and worldwide. Consumers will have the chance to hear some of the world's greatest masters of guitar tone on a single disc. The project represents an enormous amount of passion for and dedication to creating the best possible high-definition experience for the Gibson consumer with no financial return to the company. It is a pioneering union of musical excellence and technical achievement for the 21st century. The free distribution of a high-definition guitar album is possible now because of the massive access of today's Internet users to high-speed DSL and cable services. Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz and David Chesky, co-founder of audiophile label Chesky Records are two technologists who, over a recent lunch in New York, combined their ideas and efforts to create the inaugural offering from Gibson.com and HDtracks.com.
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