Founded by Orville Gibson in 1902 and originally making mandolins, the Gibson company is now one of America’s most famous guitar companies. Gibson guitars were the first to be built with archtop designs, based on the curved tops used in violins, and their archtop guitars are particularly sought after by jazz players.
The most iconic of all Gibson guitars is, of course, the Les Paul. Created in conjunction with the famous jazz, country and blues guitarist from whom it takes its name, the Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar which was introduced in the early 1950’s. While it lost favour for some years, being considered “old fashioned” at the time, its popularity surged when it was adopted by such stars as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in the 1960’s, and vintage models are now amongst the most desirable and sought after guitars in the world.
When demand for double-cutaway body designs grew in the 1960s, the body of the Les Paul was redesigned, and later renamed the SG, for “solid guitar”. The Les Paul and the SG together are probably the most popular Gibson guitars today, used by famous artists from Sheryl Crow to Metallica, but their other iconic instruments such as the Flying V and the Explorer also have a dedicated fanbase.
Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled guitarist, a Gibson makes an ideal instrument for both practice and performance, with a rich and unique sound that is suitable for a wide range of musical genres.
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