Gibson Guitars a Legend With a Unique History

Posted by: Daniel R. Lehrman Posted in: Gibson Guitars

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I have a classical background, however I haven’t touched my Gibson Classical guitar, or played classical music since I first heard Jimi Hendrix in 1966. He changed my life in the same manner Fender changed the guitar world. I have not found a guitar that suits me better. (Sorry, I play a Strat).

Needless to say , the legend and history of Gibson Guitars started in the late 1800′s, a man named Orville Gibson started to manufacture mandolins and guitars with a carved top design. His reputation spread quickly and in 1902 he incorporated “Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Co., Ltd” in Kalamazoo Michigan.

After years of success as a mandolin and “F Hole” archtop guitar manufacturer and well past Orville Gibson’s passing, in 1937 Gibson Guitars introduced their first electric guitar, the ES-150. The ES-150 stood for Electric-Spanish and is essentially an “F Hole” archtop guitar with a pickup.

In the mid 1940′s, a man named Les Paul contacted Gibson Guitars with his new invention, a solid body electric guitar. However, Gibson did not see the his guitar as anything people would want, in fact it’s been said they told Les his creation was a “broomstick with a pickup on it”.

A few years later, Gibson Guitars made history perhaps their best move ever, they tracked Les Paul down and brought him back in to design none other than the Gibson Les Paul, introduced in 1952. Over the years Gibson has created several different types of electrical and acoustical guitars. They have stuck with their plan of creating high quality guitars made of the finest materials and are now located in Nashville Tennessee with their Gibson USA plant. Today, Gibson Guitars are regarded as some of the finest guitars on the market. Gibson Les Paul

As mentioned before, the Gibson Les Paul was released in 1952. Gibson Les Pauls are created from a solid mahoganey body with a carved maple wood top. The necks are made of mahoganey with a rosewood fretboard, they’re normally fit with humbucker pickups that vary from the one type of Gibson Les Paul to another. The Les Paul is Gibson’s flagship product and is the most popular Gibson guitar, they are wonderful and beautiful guitars and some will argue the best of all electric guitars.
Gibson SG

The SG was actually a redisgned Gibson Les Paul back in the late 1950′s. In 1959 Gibson created a Les Paul SG that was basically a Gibson Les Paul with a double cutaway. In 1961 they modified it even more by giving the double cutaway a horned look, thinner body and renamed it the Gibson SG. Gibson SG’s are made of solid mohaganey with a rosewood fretboard and most feature the classic tune-o matic bridge. Now Gibson broke the mold again with the Robot Guitar.

Here are a couple of Gibson Guitar Favorites. The Les Paul and The SG are the two most influential electric guitars Gibson ever made. Ever heard of Jimmy Page of Zakk Wylde? Well both of these guitarists play Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul Guitars.


Gibson SG-3 Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry

Gibson SG-3 Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry


Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany Electric Guitar Worn Brown

Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany Electric Guitar Worn Brown

Here is a Real Classic. The Gibson Flying V Faded 3 Pickup Electric Guitar Worn White

Gibson Flying V Faded 3 Pickup Electric Guitar Worn White

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26 Responses to Gibson Guitars a Legend With a Unique History

  1. Great historical view. I like Fender guitars better. The Gibson guitars weigh to much.
    Great site though.

  2. I think I have also started reading the history of Gibson guitars from the moment the guitar was created, I didn’t know this story with Les Paul approaching Gibson

  3. Kara and Mark's Mom

    Fascinating!!! Really love the history. Well done!!

  4. I played a Gibson when I first got going–big sound. Visit the Gibson factory/museum in Memphis. Very cool!

  5. There is a lot to be said for the Gibson line of Jazz guitars.

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  7. GuitarBizarre

    I urge ANYONE looking to buy ANY Gibson guitar to DO THEIR RESEARCH and PLAY THE ONE THEY BUY.

    The reasoning for this is that Gibsons quality control, as a huge company, is VERY lacklustre due to a combination of size, and selling on brand name. This doesnt extend only to setups, but the actual construction of the guitar itself. See this link and you will see first hand what 2008 gibsons come out of the factory looking like.
    http://www.musicbanter.com/talk-instruments/29602-heres-warning-anyone-even-thinking-looking-gibson-guitar.html

  8. Thanx i now know to by a flying V

    ROCK ON

  9. Hi there yall
    Can anyone tell ma what makes a Gibson Unique??

  10. Hey Elroy the thing that makes Gibsons unique is obviously their sound but also they are much more heavy than say a Fender. They also i think look better and have a wider variety…..someone else can add to this because i really dont know alot just enough to keep me from being low balled and over priced

  11. These are really cool guitars plus that i like gibson guitars.so just keep doing what ur doing and make more.

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  13. great article, i play a strat, so i liek fender better but i would stil love to afford an SG

  14. Rick Westwood

    Hello,

    I heard on a TV documentary that Les Paul had nothing to do with the design of the Les Paul guitar. He just let them use his name.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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  17. What’s interesting to me and was left out in this little history lesson is that Les Paul actually had the Larson brothers, makers of the acoustic guitars Prairie State, Stahl, Mauer, Euphonon, as well as the Dyer Harp guitar, build his first prototype. They told him it wouldn’t work but built it for him anyway. Thank God for persistent free thinkers!

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  21. LEON STOFFELS

    I love listening to live music,it can be of any style as long as it is live. I myself have never been blessed to be able to play well and yet I love musical instruments. In my house I have a piano, keyboard, a four and a five string bass guitar, a semi-acustic guitar, a full acustic giutar, and my last collection is a classic Hoffner solid body with three pick-ups. I still would love to own a GIBSON Giutar some day.
    I love giutars but I just can’nt play them.
    Regards
    Leon.

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  23. Teresi Pino

    Dear friends,
    My full name is Teresi Giuseppe. I’m Italian, living in Cortona, Tuscany. I try to find somebody, who can give me a real present value of my gibson guitar I bought in 1962
    in Tripoli of Libia from an American man working in the U.S. Air force base Wheelus Field.
    The model is a Custom and I don’t know the year, because I bought as second hand.
    In the Gibson USA history concerning Les Paul guitars I thought to find it. It has got
    three pick up and the colour is Alpine White. I can send a photo if you can be so kind to find the right person, able to give me the real value of this guitar.
    Thank you very much.
    Kind regards,
    Pino
    Pino

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