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Gibson Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Basses & More

This heritage company has made so many iconic instruments since its founding in 1902. Their current lineup of US production and custom-made guitars continue to innovate and reaffirm their status as a true giant of the guitar industry.

Gibson is one of the all-time most revered and prestigious guitar manufacturers. The sheer number of legendary players and recordings that have featured Gibson electric and acoustic guitars is immense.

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Joan Jett (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Angus Young (AC/DC) Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Sheryl Crow are just a handful of the acclaimed artists that have favoured Gibson guitars. You could easily fill a book with the sheer number of groundbreaking guitarists that have wielded a Gibson live and in the studio.

Thanks to the exacting craftsmanship that goes into building them and their unmistakably rich tone, Gibson electric and acoustic guitars remain the go-to instruments for many pros.

If you mention the words “electric guitar” to someone, there’s a strong chance that they’ll picture a Gibson model. Gibson guitars such as the Les Paul, SG, ES-335, Explorer, Flying V and Firebird are true icons that are firmly etched into the fabric of music history.

No matter what your playing style or genre is, there’ll be a Gibson guitar that’s perfect for you. The fact that you can hear a Gibson played on an intimate Folk song one moment then a blistering Heavy Metal track the next is a testament to the range and depth of these instruments.


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Gibson Electric Guitars

Gibson is arguably most well-known for their timeless electric guitars, which have had a major influence on the way the instrument would be made for decades to come. From the solid-body Les Paul and SG to the semi-acoustic ES-335, Gibson electric guitars remain immensely popular due to their stunning looks, smooth playability and unmistakable tone.


Gibson Acoustic Guitars

Gibson acoustic guitars, particularly the round-shouldered J-45, the dreadnought Hummingbird and the Jumbo SJ-2000, are amongst the most instantly recognisable models out there.

Gibson also make electro-acoustic guitars, which are equipped with high-quality pickups and preamps, making them a top choice if you’re a live performer and want that classic Gibson acoustic sound.


Shop Gibson's latest Acoustic Guitar Range, The Generation Series

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With the Generation Collection series, Gibson has used their decades-long knowledge building some of the finest acoustic instruments around to create a stellar lineup of guitars. If you’re in the market for a professional-quality acoustic guitar that plays beautifully, sounds exceptional and is great value-for-money, the Gibson Generation Collection series is definitely worth your attention.


Bass Guitars

Whilst they’re often recognised for their electric and acoustic guitar models, Gibson bass guitars are every bit as distinctive as their six-string siblings. If you’re after a big, bold and punchy tone with plenty of low-end, a Gibson bass is an excellent choice.


Gibson Custom guitars are the cream-of-crop, representing the pinnacle of their craftsmanship, quality and tone. Each Gibson Custom is meticulously handmade using exclusively high-end tonewoods, hardware and pickups.


Like many heritage music companies, Gibson’s origins are remarkably humble. Orville Gibson, the founder of Gibson Brands, Inc., began creating and selling mandolin-family instruments out of his small Kalamazoo, Michigan workshop. The Gibson company was created in 1902 to market Orville Gibson’s instruments. They quickly became known for their high manufacturing standards.

Orville Gibson kicked off the company’s innovative streak in 1898 when he was awarded the patent for the archtop guitar and mandolin. Gibson’s violin-style top and back design was carved from a single piece of wood and featured an oval soundhole. The result was a more durable instrument that delivered superior resonance, power and quality of tone.

Following Gibson’s death in 1918, luthier Lloyd Loar picked up where his predecessor left off. Loar designed the highly sought-after F-5 mandolin and the L-5 acoustic guitar, the first guitar to feature F-holes. From there, Gibson continued to produce incredible acoustic guitars such as the J-200, the J-45, the Hummingbird and the Dove.

The 1950s saw the dawn of the solid-body guitar and Gibson’s first commercial entry, launched in 1951, would become a true icon. The single-cutaway Gibson Les Paul was designed by the factory manager John Huis and his team. Guitarist and innovator Les Paul was consulted during the design process and lent his name to the guitar to boost sales.

What set the Gibson Les Paul Standard apart from the competition was its set-neck construction, solid Mahogany body, carved Maple top and independent tone & volume controls. This winning combination gave the Les Paul its trademark rich, warm and versatile tone with heaps of sustain.

Out of all the Les Paul models, the 1959 Les Paul “Burst” is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of electric guitars, with prized examples fetching over $400,000. If that’s a bit out of your price range, the Gibson Custom Shop and Murphy Lab craft spot-on recreations that have the feel, vibe and tone of those hallowed guitars at a more attainable price point.

Since the Les Paul’s release, Gibson has gone on to produce other landmark guitars including the double-cutaway Gibson SG (short for Solid Guitar) and the Gibson ES-335 (the world’s first commercial semi-hollow guitar). Other Gibson guitars that were considered too futuristic for their time - the Explorer, the Flying V and the Firebird - have since become classics in their own right.

Today, Gibson remain true to their roots and continue to manufacture all their guitars in the United States. Gibson guitars are made at three factories, which specialise in certain guitar types. Acoustic guitars are made in Bozeman, Montana, semi-acoustic guitars are built in Memphis, Tennessee whilst solid-body electric guitars are crafted in Nashville, Tennesee.


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