Orville Gibson founded the Gibson guitar company in 1902 in Kalamazoo, MI.  He was making mandolins and other instruments in the area as early as 1890.  Orville Gibson is credited with inventing arch top guitars by carving the tops like a violin.  He started making flat top acoustic guitars in the 1930’s.  In 1919 he hired Lloyd Loar to help him design modern instruments.  Orville Gibson and Lloyd Loar are responsible for designing the finest banjos, guitars and mandolins ever.  Gibson began experimenting with electric guitars in the 1930’s and by 1936 they had introduced their first electric spanish guitar, the ES-150.  In the 1950’s Ted McCarty became president of Gibson Guitars and greatly expanded the number of models and types of instruments offered by the Gibson guitar Co.  The Les Paul guitar came about when guitarist Les Paul and Ted McCarty set out to design a solid body electric guitar.  Ted McCarty was also responsible for the Flying V, the Firebird, the Explorer, and the thin line hollow body guitars such as the ES-335, Birdland, ES-350, ES-225.  Gibson produced their first bass guitar in 1953 called the EB-1.  This was in response to the huge success that Fender had with the Precision Bass introduced a few years earlier.  Gibson has had great success with their line of bass guitars such as the EBO, The EB-3, the Gibson Ripper, the Gibson Grabber, and their first 34- inch scale model, the Thunderbird which was first produced in 1963.   Other major accomplishments of the Gibson guitar company in the 1950’s were the tune-o-matic bridge.  This bridge allowed intonation of each individual guitar string.  Gibson revolutionized the electric guitar pick up design by inventing a dual coil (humbucking) pick up that cancelled all hum and static.  Gibson was purchased in 1969 by Norlin Inc.   In 1974 guitar production was shifted to Nashville TN.  They continued making guitars in Kalamazoo Michigan until 1974 when all production was moved to Nashville.  Many musicians believe that between 1969 and 1974 production was inferior to that of previous years.  In 1986 the company was purchased Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman, Gary Zebrowski and they revitalized the company and restored Gibson to its former greatness.  These men made the Gibson guitar company very environmentally conscience. They have worked hard to protect the rain forests and the planet by supporting many non-profit organizations such as the rain forest alliance smart wood program, green peace, environmental defense and many others.  The Gibson guitar company is also involved in many community projects and charities.

Famous Gibson Guitar Players

Johnny A

Jan Akkerman

Duane Allman

Billie Joe Armstrong

Chet Atkins

Martin Barre

Jeff Beck

Franny Beecher

Wayne Bennett

George Benson

Chuck Berry

Dickey Betts

Marc Bolan

Mick Box

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Jack Bruce

Sam Bush

Larry Carlton

Charlie Christian

John Cipollina

Eric Clapton

Dennis Coffey

Allen Collins

Stonpin’ Tom Connors

Sheryl Crow

Dave Davies

Reverend Gary Davis

Tom Delonge

John Denver

Buck Dharma

Al Di Meola

Bob Dylan

Duane Eddy

Elliot Easton

The Edge

John Entwistle

The Everly Brothers

Tal Farlow

Don Felder

John Fogerty

Peter Frampton

Ace Frehley

Hank Garland

Billy Gibbons

David Gilmour

Scott Gorham

Freddie Green

Grant Green

Dave Grohl

Arlo Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

Steve Hackett

Kirk Hammett

Emmylou Harris

Warren Haynes

Justin Hayward

Jimi Hendrix

James Hetfield

Steve Howe

Tony Iommi

Matthias Jabs

Joan Jett

Eric Johnson

Gordie Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Robert Johnson

Brian Jones

Mick Jones

Steve Jones

Jorma Kaukonen

Barney Kessel

Daniel Kessler

Albert King

B.B. King

Freddie King

Paul Kossoff

Lenny Kravitz

Robby Krieger

Andrew Latimer

Albert Lee

Alvin Lee

John Lennon

Matty Lewis

Alex Lifeson

Lonnie Mack

Frank Marino

Bob Marley

Pat Martino

Daron Malakian

Tak Matsumoto

Paul McCartney

Duff McKagan

John McLaughlin

Ralph McTell

Pat Metheny

Bill Monroe

Gary Moore

Scotty Moore

Wes Montgomery

Jimmy Nolen

Ted Nugent

Mike Oldfield

Roy Orbison

Jimmy Page

Joe Pass

Les Paul

Joe Perry

Carl Perkins

Tom Petty

Andy Powell

John Prine

Mick Ralphs

Jimmy Raney

Randy Rhodes

Keith Richards

Lee Ritenour

Howard Roberts

Brian Robertson

Rich Robinson

Mick Ronson

Gary Rossington

Carlos Santana

Michael Schenker

Rudolph Schenker

Tom Scholz

Neal Schon

Gene Simmons

Earl Scruggs

Nikki Sixx

Slash

Johnny Smith

Chris Spedding

Bill Spooner

Paul Stanley

Izzy Stradlin

Hubert Sumlin

John Sykes

Alex Skolnick

Mick Taylor

Rosetta Tharpe

George Thorogood

Johnny Thunders

Pete Townshend

Eddie Van Halen

T-Bone Walker

Joe Walsh

Muddy Waters

Leslie West

Snowy White

Carl Wilson

Johnny Winter

Ronnie Wood

Zakk Wylde

Angus Young

Neil Young

Frank Zappa

Gibson 1993  “Series”

J-200 Series

  1. J-200
  2. J-100 Xtra
  3. J-200 Junior

Historical Series

  1. Hummingbird
  2. Dove
  3. J-160E
  4. Gospel

Pro  Series

  1. J-30
  2. J-45
  3. J-60
  4. J-2000 Custom

L-Series Blue Models

  1. L-00 Blues King
  2. L-1
  3. L-20 Special

Electric Acoustic Series

  1. EAS Standard
  2. EAS Deluxe
  3. Starburst Studio
  4. Starburst Standard
  5. Starburst Elite

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