Gibson is one of the world's most iconic guitar brands.
Founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson, the company's original products were mandolin type musical instruments. In those days the company was known as The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd. and was located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, and invented the archtop style guitar by borrowing from the design of violins. Gibson also introduced one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, which was used and popularized by the likes of Charlie Christian.
Many Gibson instruments are highly collectible. Gibson was at the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars, especially in the big band era of the 1930's. In 1952, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar, the Les Paul which became its most popular guitar to date— designed by Ted McCarty and Les Paul.