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Shape Your Sound Calling all sonic sculptors—your tools have arrived! Accessories Clean up your sound with a fresh set of genuine Gibson Factory Spec Strings — electric, acoustic, or bass. Gibson was owned by Norlin Corporation from to In , the company was acquired by a group led by Henry Juszkiewicz and David H.
In November , the company was acquired by a group of investors led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Gibson sells guitars under a variety of brand names  and builds one of the world's best-known guitars, the Gibson Les Paul.
Gibson was at the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars, especially in the big band era of the s; the Gibson Super was widely imitated. In , Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar, the Les Paul , which became its most popular guitar to date—designed by a team led by Ted McCarty. On May 1, , the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,  and announced a restructuring plan to return to profitability by closing down unprofitable consumer electronics divisions such as Gibson Innovations.
In January , the company launched Gibson TV, an online television network focused on guitars and music culture. Orville Gibson patented a single-piece mandolin design in that was more durable than other mandolins and could be manufactured in volume. In , the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Initially, the company produced only Orville Gibson's original designs. The following year, the company hired designer Lloyd Loar to create newer instruments.
Following Loar, Guy Hart was the next major figure to influence the company. As the guitar rose to prominence, so did Gibson. After the war he returned the factory to instruments before he retired. During World War II , instrument manufacturing at Gibson slowed due to shortages of wood and metal, and Gibson began manufacturing wood and metal parts for the military. Between —, Gibson employed women to manufacture guitars.
Gibson folklore has also claimed its guitars were made by "seasoned craftsmen" who were "too old for war. In , Gibson was purchased by Chicago Musical Instruments. The ES was introduced in Gibson hired Ted McCarty in , who became President in He led an expansion of the guitar line with new guitars such as the "Les Paul" guitar introduced in , endorsed by Les Paul , a popular musician in the s.
The guitar was offered in Custom, Standard, Special, and Junior models. In the mids, the Thinline series was produced, which included a line of thinner guitars like the Byrdland. Later, a shorter neck was added. Similar in size to the hollow-body Thinlines, the ES family had a solid center, giving the string tone a longer sustain.
In the s, Gibson also produced the Tune-o-matic bridge system and its version of the humbucking pickup, the PAF "Patent Applied For" , first released in and still sought after for its sound. In , Gibson produced two new designs: the eccentrically shaped Explorer and Flying V. These "modernistic" guitars did not sell initially. It was only in the late s and early 70s when the two guitars were reintroduced to the market that they sold well.
The Firebird , in the early 60s, was a reprise of the modernistic idea, though less extreme. In the late s, McCarty knew that Gibson was seen as a traditional company and began an effort to create more modern guitars. In the body design of the Les Paul was changed due to the demand for a double-cutaway body design.
The original Les Paul design returned to the Gibson catalog in This began an era characterized by corporate mismanagement and decreasing product quality. Between and , production of Gibson guitars was shifted from Kalamazoo to Nashville, Tennessee. The Kalamazoo plant kept going for a few years as a custom-instrument shop, but was closed in ; several Gibson employees led by plant manager Jim Duerloo, plant superintendent Marv Lamb and J.
Moats established Heritage Guitars in the old factory, building versions of classic Gibson designs. The company was within three months of going out of business before it was bought by Henry E. Juszkiewicz, David H. Berryman, and Gary A. Zebrowski in January The Memphis facility is used for semi-hollow and custom shop instruments, while the Bozeman facility is dedicated to acoustic instruments. Gibson purchased Garrison Guitars in Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.
Gibson announced a partnership with the Japanese-based Onkyo Corporation in Onkyo, known for audio equipment and home theater systems, became part of the Gibson Pro-Audio division. In , Gibson acquired the Woox consumer electronics brand from Royal Philips.
In October , Gibson announced plans to relocate its Memphis operations to a smaller location and plans to sell the Memphis property. Gibson opened its Memphis facility 18 years before, which occupies just a portion of a massive , square foot complex. According to the Memphis Daily News , Gibson plans to search for a new facility for its Memphis operations and will stay in the current spot for the next 18 to 24 months.
Since its opening, the Gibson Memphis shop mostly focused on building hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars, such as the famed ES series. Presumably, this shuffling of assets was meant to address Gibson's well-publicized financial troubles. Two years later Gibson closed the Memphis factory and moved hollow-body production to Nashville.
It also moved its Nashville headquarters to Cummins Station in The opening of this division was announced in December On May 1, , the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As part of its debt restructuring, the company closed and liquidated the unprofitable Gibson Innovations division, which was focused on selling audio equipment outside of the U. The production of Gibson and Epiphone branded guitars was not interrupted by the bankruptcy.
On September 6, , the company announced that a global settlement had been reached, with a reorganization plan for the company to emerge from Chapter Under the plan the company would focus on its core musical instruments business with "essentially no debt". Juszkiewicz stepped down as CEO and assumed the role of consultant.
The appointments were effective November 1, In July , Gibson announced the launch of Gibson Records, a record label focused on releasing "guitar-centric music, across genres", with their first album being the upcoming fourth studio album from Slash feat. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Ibanez replaced the headstock with a revised design.
Gibson did not prevail. In November , authorities found illegally imported ebony wood from Madagascar. The United States Department of Justice found emails from and in which Gibson employees discussed the "gray market" nature of the ebony wood available from a German wood dealer—who obtained it from a supplier in Madagascar—as well as plans to obtain the wood. It filed a civil proceeding in June ,    the first such case under the amended Lacey Act , which requires importing companies to purchase legally harvested wood and follow the environmental laws of the producing countries regardless of corruption or lack of enforcement.
Gibson also forfeited the wood seized in the raids, which was valued at roughly the same amount as the settlement. Gibson reclaimed some wood stock that was confiscated during the raids,  and produced a new series of guitar marketed to draw attention to the raids and seizures. In the midst of the controversy, conservative commentators alleged that the raid was a politically motivated act of retaliation by the Obama administration , as Juszkiewicz had frequently donated to Republican politicians.
Though Martin featured several guitars in its catalog made with the same Indian wood as Gibson, but with correct documentation filed, the company was not subjected to a raid. Gary Klausner. Gibson sent a cease and desist letter to Kiesel concerning two models that Kiesel makes—the ultra V and the 'California Singlecut. German manufacturer Warwick was sued by Gibson with the claim that one of the models sold under the 'Framus' brand imitated the Flying V and that customers were being misled due to this.
Gibson sought a stop on the sales of these guitars and also stated that "Warwick was unfairly exploiting the reputation of Gibson Guitars. Gibson also owns and makes instruments under brands such as Epiphone ,  Kramer ,  Maestro ,  Steinberger ,  and Tobias ,  along with the ownership of historical brands such as Kalamazoo ,   Dobro ,  Valley Arts ,  and Baldwin  including Chickering ,  Hamilton,  and Wurlitzer  . Gibson has long made authorized copies of its most successful guitar designs, under the Epiphone brand name.
They are less expensive than those bearing the Gibson name. A former competitor, Epiphone , was purchased by Gibson in and now makes competitively-priced Gibson models, such as the Les Paul and SG, sold under the Epiphone brand,  while continuing to make Epiphone-specific models like the Sheraton, Sorrento, and Casino. In Japan, Orville by Gibson once made Gibson designs sold in that country.
In , Gibson introduced the serial numbering system in use until As of , the company used seven six since serial number systems,  [ clarification needed ] making it difficult to identify guitars by their serial number alone.
The Gibson website provides a book to help with serial number deciphering. In , Gibson introduced a nine-digit serial number system replacing the eight-digit system used since , but the sixth digit now represents a batch number. The Gibson "self-tuning guitar", also known as a "robot model", an option on some newer Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer instruments, tunes itself in about two seconds using robotics technology developed by Tronical GmbH.
The guitars were finished in "government grey" and also featured decorations which intended to draw attention to the issue of government. A year later in , Gibson released the Government Series II  of guitars, which were essentially the same as the first series, only finished in a new color: "government tan". In , Gibson acquired the iconic electric guitar amplifier brand, Mesa Boogie.
All Gibson-brand guitars are currently made at two facilities, depending on the type of guitar. Until , Semi-acoustic guitars , such as the Gibson ES Series , were made in Memphis, Tennessee , but that operation moved to Nashville during the company's restructuring as they emerged from bankruptcy protection. As of March , Gibson has started working on 25, sq. Below are some of the facilities used to produce Gibson instruments, along with years of their operation:.
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