Gibson are one of the two long-standing giants of the guitar industry. They represent both the history and the future of guitar-building, with their electric and acoustic instruments seen in the hands of countless rock legends & future stars.
With a huge number of high-profile users, Gibson has built an outstanding reputation for their craftsmanship and prestige. Some of their most renowned players include Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Angus Young (AC/DC).
History of Gibson
Gibson has a rich history, and since the company’s inception in 1902 they have produced a wide range of guitar designs that have gone on to become classics. Their first major breakthrough in electric guitar design came in 1935 with the Gibson ‘Electric Spanish’, now affectionately known as the ES series.
However, their most successful and legendary innovation came in 1952. Enlisting the help of renowned musician Les Paul, together they created a solid body electric guitar to rival Fender’s Stratocaster model. As they say, the rest is history…
Apart from the ES and Les Paul models, Gibson continued to innovate by releasing a number of other distinguishable electric guitar designs in the following years. The most noteworthy of these includes the SG, as well as the Flying V, Explorer, and Firebird models, which still remain in their catalogue decades later. These models continue to be updated and developed for a modern audience, yet still maintain the heart and soul of the early releases.
Throughout the years, Gibson has also stayed close to their roots by making a range of high-quality acoustic and electro- acoustic guitars, including the popular J-45 and Hummingbird models. Gibson acoustic guitars have been seen in the hands of iconic acts over the years, including the Everly Brothers and more recently Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains).
With their designs often copied and acting as the foundation for many subsequent brand’s models, this is a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning many generations and continuing to inspire.
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Why are Gibson guitars expensive?
Gibson are one of the oldest and most renowned guitar manufacturers on the planet. Their custom shop and original production line guitars are expensive due to their superb build quality, but they also offer many affordable ranges such as the Tribute line.
What's the difference between Epiphone and Gibson?
Epiphone is the offshoot company of Gibson. They are geared towards making affordable versions of legendary Gibson designs.
What does “VOS” mean for a Gibson guitar?
VOS stands for Vintage Original Spec. It is specifically used for custom shop Gibson guitars which replicate legendary features of '50s and '60s models.
Which is better: Gibson or Fender?
An age old question, and one you simply cannot give a yes or no answer. On the whole, Gibson guitars offer a thicker sound thanks to the extensive use of humbucker pickups, while classic Fender tone can be described as dynamic and chimey. Both offer a wide variety of shapes and prices. It's all about preference.
Do Gibson guitars hold their value?
It's difficult to say which particular guitar holds value. But you'll find those which are made using rarer woods, or guitars made by top Gibson builders will likely be worth a good amount of money in the future.
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