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Gibson Brands, Inc. (formerly Gibson Guitar Corp.) is the world’s best-known manufacturers of guitars, mostly electric guitars. The group has several subsidiaries, including discount label Epiphone. Unlike competitor Fender, all Gibson guitars made in the USA. Gibson is a perfect brand if you’re looking for online guitar training 

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History of the guitar brand

Orville Gibson began making mandolins in 1884 in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA. In 1902, Gibson Guitar mandolin-Mfg. Co., Ltd founded to market these instruments. Orville Gibson died in hospital in 1918.

Through the 1920s and 1930s, the Gibson company the leading manufacturer of arch-top guitars, particularly the Gibson L5 model. In 1936 they introduced their first electric Spanish guitar, the ES 150’en, who is considered the first successful electric guitar.

In 1952, Gibson launched a massive electric guitar in collaboration with guitarist Les Paul. This guitar was named after the guitarist, and are still sold today as a Les Paul. In the late 50s published many new Gibson guitars, including Flying V and Explorer guitars, and the semi-acoustic ES-335th It was also during this period that humbucker pickup was developed. production of Les Paul guitar discontinued in 1961 when SG guitar was launched, but was again put into production in the late 60s when it was very much in demand. Both the Les Paul and SG guitars later became popular with rock and heavy metal guitarists.

Between 1974 and 1984 moved Gibson from Kalamazoo to Nashville, Tennessee.

Gibson is known for producing guitars of high quality, however, are quite expensive. Therefore Epiphone firm acquired to produce cheaper versions of Gibson guitars. Guitar firms Kramer and Steinberger is also owned by Gibson, as well as Tobias makes bass guitars, Baldwin which makes pianos, electronics company OBERHEIM and drum company Slingerland. Gibson also produces amplifiers.

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Flying V

Flying V is an electric guitar model introduced by the guitarfabrikanten Gibson in 1958. The guitar’s body in a Flying V has the shape of an inverted “V”. This type guitars harvested popularity in the 1960s when, inter alia, Jimi Hendrix Flying applied a V-shaped guitar. From the 1970s, guitar type in widespread use among rock and heavy metal grupper.Også built by other Firmer fks. Dean

The first prototypes were produced by Gibson in 1957, as part of the company’s modern series, which should help to give the company a small old-fashioned image. They sold not very well, but Gibson resumed production in 1967 which, inter alia, Jimi Hendrix helped to make the model more success than met in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In the 70s and 80s, this guitar widely used in the heavy metal genre. It was partly due to the somewhat aggressive appearance and the sharp sound of the ceramic 500T pickups that made it good for metal. In the 80s and 90s began other manufacturers to make other variants of the guitar. One of the most famous versions are Jackson Randy Rhoads model built for guitarist Randy Rhoads from Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne’s band. It had a “wilder” look, with more pointed “wings” and head. Blue. ESP has also produced a version of this guitar, among other things, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has as signature model.

Flying V’s popularity has declined in recent years, as eg metal genre has become tougher than it was in the 70s and 80s. There have always been plenty of manufacturers who produced very accurate copies. Today produces Gibson under the company Epiphone some different Flying V models, including a re-issue model 1958 series are not produced under the name Gibson.