Since their beginning in 1902 as The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, Gibson USA has been a leader in bringing the world top-quality and ground breaking musical instruments. The 1950s saw the company release such pivotal designs as the humbucking pickup, the Les Paul, Flying V, Explorer, ES335 and many more, making it an incredibly fertile time for Gibson USA. Since then the company moved its location from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Nashville, Tennessee where they continue to produce many of the leading and most-copied electric guitar designs in history.
Gibson owes its sound to Seth Lover's invention of the humbucking pickup. These Patent Applied For (PAF) pickups were first released in the '50s, but today Gibson has many different varieties of this design. Their Burstbucker and '57 Classic designs are hiqghly sought after for the way they emulate Gibson's original PAF humbuckers. Ceramic humbuckers like Gibson's 490, 496, and 500 offer a more aggressive and modern tone. And the Tony Iommi signature and Dirty Fingers humbuckers are their most powerful designs aimed at pushing your guitar amplifier into rich distortion.
Gibson USA has many guitar designs that are considered standards in today's music. Throughout their Les Paul line are numerous models that have been popular among guitarists for years. The Les Paul Studio, Standard, Custom can be found in the collections of thousands of guitarists worldwide. The SG line of electric guitars, including the '61 Reissue, the Special, and the Standard, have a massive following among rock 'n' roll guitarists. And Gibson's Designer Series includes such luminary offerings as the Flying V, the Firebird V, and the Explorer.
Gibson USA has long been a leader in the world of solidbody electric guitars. With an artist roster that includes jazz giants like Larry Carlton and Tal Farlow; hard rock heros like Angus Young, Jimmy Page, and Slash; and heavy metal icons such as Zakk Wylde, Mastodon's Bill Kelliher, and Brendon Small, Gibson USA is alive and well. With so many important designs and legions of brand devotees, Gibson USA is sure to have a humbucker-loaded guitar for you.