What Are Some Facts About the Gibson Guitar Corporation?


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Gibson Guitar was founded by Orville Gibson in 1894, and originally sold acoustic guitars and mandolins that used an innovative implementation of the arch-top design of violins. The company celebrated their 120th anniversary in 2014.

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Gibson made all his instruments by hand in his own woodshop until 1902, when soaring demand led him to seek financial backing to form a manufacturing company. Gibson stayed on with the company as a consultant until 1904.

Gibson's first electric guitar was the EH-150. It was introduced in 1935. The ES-150 was introduced the next year and became the favorite model of jazz legend Charlie Christian.

The "Les Paul" models are Gibson's most successful signature guitar line. They were named for recording artist Les Paul, who was extremely popular when the line was launched in 1952.

The humbucker pickup was invented in 1957 by Gibson employee Seth Lover and almost immediately became an industry standard. Between 1957 and 1963 Gibson was also known for introducing very advanced electric guitar concepts such as the Flying V. While they did not do well commercially at the time, these models have gone on to become iconic and highly sought after.

Gibson debuted the world's first digital guitar in 2002.

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