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Orville Gibson started making guitars in Kalamazoo MI, 1894. He applied many of the concepts of the violin to guitars and mandolins. The archtop guitar was born and demand quickly outgrew Orville's capacity to produce. In 1902 he sold the rights to his name to a group of Kalamazoo businessmen who formed the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, soon to become Gibson, Inc.

In 1944 the Chicago Musical Instruments Company (CMI) bought Gibson and continued making instruments in Kalamazoo. In 1957 CMI also purchased Epiphone and moved it from New York to Michigan. It wasn't until 1970 that Epiphone production was moved overseas.

Already famous for their hollowbody guitars, particularly the L-5 model, in 1952 Gibson created a solidbody guitar designed in collaboration with guitarist Les Paul. In the late fifties Gibson successfully launched some new designs (most notably the Explorer, the Flying V and the ES-335) and in 1961 the Gibson Les Paul was discontinued in favor of the SG (Solid Guitar). However, as the decade progressed British players like Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton gave the Les Paul wide exposure. It returned to production with a vengence in 1968 -- going on to become a rock-n-roll icon.

Soon thereafter CMI (and Gibson along with it) was taken over by the Norlin Company and Gibson production was divided between Kalamazoo and Nashville, TN. Production quality declined and financial problems mounted.

In 1986 Gibson and Epiphone were purchased by three Harvard business school grads, Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski. Their management probably saved the company. Gibson now manufactures in three US facilities located in Nashville, Memphis and Bozeman MT. Most of Gibson's designs from the fifties and sixties remain popular today.

 


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Gibson Guitars
Gibson ES-137C Gibson ES-137C

2003. NM. Tri-burst. Low fast action and sparkling clean tones with endless sustain.

Recently PLEKed by Seattle area luthier and guitar tech Mike Lull. Perfect fret job.

OHSC. NM. $1599.

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ESP Custom Shop Tele Gibson Gothic Flying V     ...Sold...

1997. VG+. Black as can be with classic Gibson 490 ceramic pickups. Just set up and playing great. A shred machine.

One of the first Gothics to appear in the late 90's. These guitars have a great rep.

Classic brown & pink 90s stock Gibby case.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus

2005. Desert burst. AAA Flamed maple top. Mahogany neck and body. Stock pickups. 60's Neck Profile. 22 frets. Gibson logo headstock inlay.

NM Condition. Stock Gibson Case, Mint. $1999

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Gibson Les Paul Standard Gibson Les Paul Standard     ...Sold...

1994. Honey burst. Gibson logo and crown headstock inlay. Stock pickups. Gibson/ Kluson tuners. Medium Neck Profile. 22 frets.

VG Condition. Stock Gibson Case, VG.

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Gibson SG Special Gibson SG Special

1989. Ferarri Red. Ebony fretboard. Stock Gibson ceramic pickups. Gibson/ Kluson tuners. 22 frets.

VG Condition. Hardshell Case, VG. $649

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Gibson SG Standard Gibson SG Standard

1977. Natural. Stock Gibson humbuckers. All-stock hardware (new knobs). Bound Rosewood fingerboard. Gibson/Kluson tuners. 22 frets.

Somewhat rare natrual gloss finish.

VG Condition. Stock Gibson Case, VG. $1599

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Gibson Les Paul DC Gibson Les Paul DC

2005. Double cut. Faded finsh. Maestro trem. Coil tap. Gibson/Kluson tuners. 22 frets.

Old bridge mounts are visible in finish.

G Condition. Hardshell Case, VG. $549

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