It’s the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, so I thought I’d focus on one of my favourite subjects: Guitars. Care to join me?
And so we come to the first of the guitar manufacturers this month.
Gibson was founded almost 115 years ago in Kalamazoo, Michigan, making it one of the oldest guitar manufacturers in the United States. Gibson makes more than just guitars, though. Mandolins, bass guitars, pro audio equipment and even pianos (under the Baldwin brand) all have their birthplace in Gibson factories. Gibson’s corporate headquarters moved to Nashville, Tennessee in mid-80s with the product factories following soon after.
From the L200 acoustic preferred by Emmylou Harris to BB King’s beloved ES335 “Lucille”, some of the greatest songs ever written have been played on Gibson instruments. And the instruments themselves are iconic. I first came to know Gibson through their electric guitars but the acoustics have a very devoted following themselves. Whether acoustic or electric, Gibson guitars are as distincitve as the musicians who play them.
The Les Paul model, favoured by Slash, Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley and Pete Townsend. A classic among classics.
The Gibson SG. Angus Young of AC/DC has made this his “axe” of choice, as did Frank Zappa, and George Harrison, among others.
The distinctive Flying V
The Explorer, axe of such hard rocking players as Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, James Hatfield of Metallica, and Edge of U2.
If you’re sensing a pattern here, you’re right. Heavy metal and hard rock bands have frequently turned to Gibson to work their magic. But it isn’t just the rockers that love Gibson.
Emmylou Harris L200 model
Elvis Costello model
Of course, the instrument can’t do everything. It’s the heart and hands of the musician that create the tunes we love so much, but when a musician’s hands and heart get wrapped around something this beautiful?