and in select stores
What began as a healthy competition between two great companies, was eventually
settled when Gibson and Epiphone merged in 1957. Although they’re under the same
roof, the two brands have separate identities. With over a century of history, Gibson
and Epiphone have been creating the instruments professional musicians use to captivate
audiences around the world. That alone is inspiring, but upon learning more about
the history, passion, and legacy of innovation, you start to understand what sets
these two powerhouse brands apart from all others.
Gibson Guitars: Iconic heritage
Gibson has a well-deserved, longstanding reputation for manufacturing premium guitars
and guitar accessories. But what some people may not know is that it all began in
the 1902 when Orville Gibson began making mandolins and banjos in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Soon after a company was formed, which began manufacturing guitars with the same
precision and craftsmanship they put into every mandolin and banjo. They made history
when they teamed up with musician and inventor Les Paul in 1952 to create the iconic
Les Paul Electric Guitar. That partnership revolutionized the music industry forever.
Les Pauls, SGs and other popular models
This Nashville, Tennessee company produces some of the most sought after guitars
on the planet such as the Les Pauls and SGs, the beautifully designed Explorers
and Firebirds, a series of stunning artist signature guitars, and more recently
the ground-breaking and technologically innovative robot guitars — the Les Paul
X and the Firebird X. They also set the industry standard for high-quality gear
such as humbucker and single-coil pickups, guitar care kits, straps, strings and
Today, the company remains true to their roots by crafting and assembling nearly
every part of the guitar by hand. Before each guitar leaves the factory, it’s played
to ensure it meets the high-quality standard and deserves to bear the Gibson name.
Epiphone: Legendary sound
Epiphone has a rich history dating back to 1873. For over 140 years, Epiphone has
been a leader in making professional guitars instruments that set trends in sound,
style, and quality.
Their guitars are truly designed by musicians for musicians. Many legendary artists
have taken part in the development process including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,
John Lee Hooker, Slash, Radiohead, Zakk Wylde and electric guitar pioneer Les Paul,
who built his first solid-body guitar at the Epiphone factory in Manhattan.
Today, the company continues to honour their legendary tradition of creating quality
instruments, innovating new sounds, and inspiring millions. Epiphone’s catalogue
includes banjos, Dobros™, mandolins, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, electric archtops,
basses, and of course, Les Paul guitars – the world’s #1 electric guitar.