Back in 1896, Orville H. Gibson founded the Gibson Guitar Company. Orville’s guitars were often made of the wood from old furniture, to get the tonal quality of aged wood. Orville also pioneered the use of the arch top in guitar and mandolin design, taking inspiration from that of fine violins and cellos. This resulted in instruments that produced great tone and volume and established Gibson as one of the premier guitar makers in the world.
Ever since Orville’s day, the Gibson guitar company has been particular about selecting and curing tone woods and in using fine finishes that get the most out of these carefully selected materials. Furthermore, Gibson has always been one of the greatest innovators in the guitar business. From the pioneering solid-body electric guitars developed with legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, to the humbucking pickup, to the development of the first guitar effects, Gibson has always been at the forefront of guitar technology. Today, Gibson guitars are made in the musical heart of the United States: Nashville, Tennessee.
Today, Gibson remains one of the most respected and innovative companies in the music business, known for its great solid body electric guitars, hollow body electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, mandolins, and more. Gibson makes some of the most prized guitars in the world, including legendary solid-body electrics like the Gibson Les Paul, the Gibson SG, the Gibson Firebird, and the Gibson Flying V; prized arch-top electric jazz boxes like the Gibson ES-335 and the B.B. King Lucille; and stunning acoustic guitars like the Gibson Hummingbird, and the Gibson J-200. The Gibson Custom Shop produces unique and sophisticated guitars of the highest order. Gibson also makes a full line of guitar accessories, including guitar strings.