Did you know? Orville Gibson began selling his patented single-piece mandolin in 1898 out of a single room shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1902, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. Ltd began to market Orville’s original designs. Following Orville’s death in 1918, designer Lloyd Loar took over and was responsible for the classic L-5 arch top guitar as well as the Gibson F-5 mandolin. Gibson went on to gradually expand their offerings with other electric instruments such as steel guitars, banjos and mandolins. Production was moved to Nashville, Tennessee between 1974 and 1984 where it remains currently along with facilities in Memphis and Bozeman, Montana. All Gibson instruments, believe it or not, are still made in the USA! Undoubtedly, the grandest accomplishment of the Gibson Guitar Corporation is its collaboration with legendary guitarist and designer, Les Paul. A plethora of iconic guitar designs, beginning in the early 1950’s, were produced from that union. When it comes to quality, reliability and sound, the Gibson Les Paul is still one of the top choices of accomplished and discerning guitarists everywhere!
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