Gibson Acoustic Guitars
Gibson is one of the most recognizable and famous acoustic guitar brands in the world. Founded in 1902 in Michigan, Gibson was created to make mandolin family instruments and quickly became the company to invent flat top guitars based on the design of the violin. The first design came in 1898 when Orville Gibson designed a mandolin that was exceptional for it’s time and place/The design that started with the smaller mandolin size guitars, grew to full size acoustic flat top guitars.
By the 1930s, the acoustic guitar became a focus of the Gibson brand along with electric guitar which including one of the first hollow body electric guitars, made famous by Charlie Christian. Gibson worked with Les Paul to release the Gibson Les Paul, making Gibson not only a leader in acoustic guitars but electric guitars as well.
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As was the case with many instrument makers, from drums to guitars, World War II put a kink in instrument production as there were shortages on wood and steel and manufacturers of all sorts started using their facilities to provide supplies for the war.
In 1944 When Ted McCarty joined Gibson, that’s when the guitar really stared to take off, with both the inventions of Les Paul being supported by Gibson and the modernization of the acoustic guitar.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Gibson shifted their acoustic guitar production to Nashville TN and from there the brand really flourished, with many vintage Gibson guitars become high valued collectors items.
Today Gibson is still one of the most iconic brands in guitars and their acoustic guitars are second to none.
Musicians that have made Gibson guitars a household name are many and include:
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
Slash of Guns and Roses
Les Paul the inventor of the electric guitar
Pete Townshend of The Who
Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule