When Orville Gibson started building and selling guitars in 1902, he had just one goal in mind: to make instruments with amazing craftsmanship that would deliver tone like no other. The idea that his company would become one of the world's most renowned and prestigious luthiers probably never even occurred to him in those early years, but the quality of the instruments was so high that it's exactly what ended up happening. Today, more than a century after those humble beginnings, the Gibson 2016 lineup is carrying on the tradition and proving all over again why Gibson is a household name for musicians everywhere.
Ever since the release of the first Les Paul in 1952, Gibson has been especially well-known for solid body electric guitars. All the classics are back this year, including standouts like the 2016 Les Paul Studio T and 2016 SG Standard T. You might be wondering why Gibson added a "T" to each model name for 2016, and the answer is that they've gone back to traditional-spec guitars using traditional-style tuners. Those are what you'll find on everything in the 2016 series - not only the Les Paul and SG models, but also the Gibson 2016 Flying V Pro T, 2016 Explorer T and 2016 Firebird T.
Of course, Gibson wasn't sitting idle in the 50 years before they made history with the Les Paul. Far from it, in fact: the acoustic guitars they produced then were among the best ever made, and so are the new ones coming out for 2016. This is the first year for Gibson's revolutionary thermal-aging process, which makes it possible for instruments like the 2016 1932 L-00 Vintage Acoustic Guitar to look and sound like genuine vintage Gibsons right out of the factory. That's big news, since it makes the legendary tone of those classic guitars more accessible than ever.
No matter what sort of guitarist you are, the right guitar to make your year is waiting somewhere in the Gibson 2016 lineup. From classic rock to vintage acoustic to sleek and modern models ready to tackle any genre, Gibson is still at the top of their game with every instrument that comes out of their Nashville and Bozeman workshops. So if you've been waiting for that special Gibson to add to your collection, take a close look - you'll probably find it here.