The Gibson brand began when mandolin maker Orville Gibson started making instruments in his hometown in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Orville disliked the bowl-backed mandolins common at the time and introduced his own design featuring single-piece sides and neck. The Gibson mandolin was not only less expensive to produce, it also sounded better than previous designs.
The Gibson brand was an innovator in guitar design throughout the 1920s, specializing in arch top acoustic guitars. They introduced their first electric guitar, the Electric Spanish model or ES-150 in 1936. Adopted by jazz virtuoso Charlie Christian, the ES-150 is still known as the Charlie Christian model and its distinctive pickup is still considered to be one of the best jazz pickups ever made. Read More>