It’s safe to say that music would not be what it is today without Michigan based luthier, Orville Gibson.
In the late 1800s, Gibsons original archtop mandolin design turned Bluegrass and Americana music on its head by making the mandolin louder than it had ever been before. In much the same way, Gibson's invention of the archtop guitar in the early 1900s allowed the guitar to be able to compete in volume with woodwind and brass instruments. This meant that in Jazz music the guitar could also be used as a lead instrument as well as for rhythm. This was a change that would heavily influence how the guitar could be used within a band and the direction of popular music forever.
In 1952 Gibson did it again with the invention of their first solid body, the Les Paul. The fatter tone and increased sustain compared to other electric guitars of the time would shape the sound of rock music all the way up to the present day. In 1958 Gibson even predicted the future with the introduction of their Explorer, Flying V and Firebird models. Guitar shapes and sounds that would not hit mainstream popularity and success until the 70s with the rise of Metal music.
If you ask most passers-by to name a brand of piano, the answer would most likely be a Steinway. Ask them to think of a famous violin maker and a Stradivarius will no doubt spring to mind. And if you ask them to think of a guitar the chances are that it will probably be a Gibson Les Paul or Flying V that they’ll see. Gibson is one of the very few brands that have been able to reach a level of cultural importance that they are recognised worldwide even by non-guitarists.
Bonners are proud to have been putting Gibson guitars in the hands of players since the late 70s. We have one of the UK's largest collections of Gibson guitars available for you to come and try in our Eastbourne store. No matter what your budget or playing style is, our specialised guitar team is available 7 days a week to help you find your dream Gibson.