Orville Gibson began production of mandolins and folk instruments in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1902. Gibson's archtop electric manufacturing began during the golden age of jazz, big band, and swing in the 1930s. As the 1950s approached, the idea of a solid body guitar was unheard of and scoffed at in some leagues until guitarist Les Paul crafted the idea for a guitar with never-before-conceived tonal complexity and sustain. Gibson guitars paved the way through the next forty years of musical evolution, known for an indisputable sound, style, and total sonic landmark.
Gibson USA, Custom, and Memphis
Gibson Guitars continue to be made in the United States, with different divisions of the company providing guitar players of all tastes and backgrounds with the guitar for their vision. Gibson USA, facilitated in Nashville, Tennessee, continues to push the envelope on how an iconic instrument can be made today, while the Gibson Custom Shop fulfills the desires of the vintage inspired player, or the player desiring upwards of a ground-up custom Gibson guitar through the Made 2 Measure program. Semi and full hollow electrics are built by human hands in Memphis, Tennessee