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Phil Manzanera to Judge Guitar Riff Competition

Published: Mon October 13, 2008  News Feed

Phil Manzanera host of new Planet Rock Radio series “A Plank of Wood and Six Strings” joins the judging panel for a special online guitar riff competition in association with Gibson Guitar and Haynes Publishing.

To mark the launch of the Gibson Les Paul Manual, Gibson Guitar and Haynes Publishing are collaborating on a special competition for guitar players of all ages. This is an opportunity for guitarists of all capabilities to demonstrate their skills and be in with a chance of winning a Gibson Les Paul guitar. The winner will have their new guitar presented on the Gibson Tour Bus at Music Live on November 8th. Other judges include Guitarist Magazine Editor Mick Taylor and the Gibson Les Paul Manual author Paul Balmer.

To enter the Riff contest, players must create an original guitar riff (not exceeding 30 seconds) and upload it as a music file to the special Haynes contest site – The competition closes on 12th October 2008. In addition, the first 20 online entrants to the Riff competition will each receive a signed copy of the Haynes Gibson Les Paul Manual, which is out now in all good UK bookshops retailing for £17.99.

The riff competition has been set up to celebrate the publication of the Gibson Les Paul Manual – How to buy, maintain and set up the legendary Les Paul electric guitar by Paul Balmer.This easy to use manual consists of twelve case studies offering advice on how to get the best from their Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul guitar. The book features a variety of vintage and rare Les Paul guitars as well as the Gibson Robot guitar, the HD 6X Pro Digital Les Paul through to a prized Gibson 59 Les Paul Sunburst. With step-by-step guidance and detailed photographs, subjects include how to change pickups, adjusting a truss rod and understanding some great stage rigs, this new self aid manual is the most comprehensive Les Paul book on the market.

In addition, the legendary Les Paul has generously provided a foreword to the manual so this book is a must for all guitar enthusiasts. In the manual, there are many ‘Technical Tips’ from guitar technicians, luthiers and producers, including Mike Vernon on the ‘Blues breaker’ session with Eric Clapton and Neil Dorfsman on the legendary ‘Money For Nothing’ sessions with Mark Knopfler.

Author Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 40 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio) and authorship of several books. Besides Haynes's Gibson Les Paul Manual Paul has written the acclaimed official biography of Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violinist, and is a contributor to the Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. As a broadcaster, writer, performer and teacher Paul Balmer has admired the Les Paul since 1966.

Phil Manzanera will be releasing his instrumental album ‘Firebird V11’ on 10th November 2008 on Expression Records. The new album is named after the Gibson Firebird V11 guitar, his signature guitar. His radio series will run on Planet Rock on Sunday evenings at 6pm, beginning on September 7th, for 6 weeks, to be repeated the following Friday evening.

To enter the Gibson Guitar and Haynes Riff Contest please visit www.haynes.co.uk/gibson

To listen to Phil Manzanera’s weekly radio show on Planet Rock - UK Digital station of the year’ please visit www.planetrock.com

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