It doesn't take a guitar guru to recognize the Gibson name. Making their debut in 1902, they've been a top contender in the luthier business for more than a hundred years. When the first solid-body electric guitars began to appear around the middle of the century, Gibson was right there, developing instruments that helped define the guitar as we know it today. Whether you're looking for one of those classic vintage designs or an edgy modern axe, you'll find it right here.
Making themselves a leader in the guitar industry has always been a priority for Gibson, and their drive to push things forward has made them a favorite of chart-topping musicians for decades. The list of guitar heroes that have rocked (and continue to rock!) on a Gibson includes the likes of Ace Frehley, Angus Young, Dave Davies, Marc Bolan, The Edge, Slash, Chuck Barry, Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong and tons more. That's a roster that any guitarist would be proud to join, so it's no surprise that you're interested in a Gibson solid-body electric guitar for your own collection.
One of the great things about Gibson is that there's no barrier to entry. It doesn't matter if you're a brand-new beginner or a veteran shredder; with instruments to fit any musical style at any budget, the impressive selection of Gibson solid-bodies always offers the right fit. If you're searching for your first Gibson, for instance, a great starting instrument would be the 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker. This homage to one of Gibson's best-known vintage models looks and sounds gorgeous, and it's affordable for any player. On the other hand, if you want the absolute top of the line, options like the 1959 Les Paul Reissue or 1959 Mahogany Flying V Electric Guitar might be more to your liking. These amazing instruments are the perfect way to find out first-hand how Gibson earned their stellar reputation.
That's something Gibson has in spades: reputation. It's one that they built up over years and years of pushing guitar design and technology forward while staying true to the principles and legacy that the company was founded on at the beginning of the 20th century. Wherever you play your guitar, you can count on a great performance from a Gibson solid-body - just like countless professional guitarists have done ever since these instruments first appeared on stages everywhere.