Dating heritage guitars
The company (Gibson) was within three months of going out of business before it was bought by Henry E. In 2011, Gibson acquired the Stanton Group, including Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton DJ.Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.The first Byrdlands were slim, custom built, L-5 models for guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland. Other models such as the ES-350T and the ES-225T were introduced as less costly alternatives. Similar in size to the hollow-body Thinlines, the ES-335 family had a solid center, giving the string tone a longer sustain.
Gibson sells guitars under a variety of brand names and builds one of the world's most iconic guitars, the Gibson Les Paul. Gibson was at the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars, especially in the big band era of the 1930s; the Gibson Super 400 was widely imitated.
The new body design then became known as the SG (for "solid guitar"), due to disapproval from Les Paul himself.
The Les Paul returned to the Gibson catalog in 1968.
Between 1942-1945, Gibson employed women to manufacture guitars.
"Women produced nearly 25,000 guitars during World War II yet Gibson denied ever building instruments over this period," according to a 2013 history of the company.