Electric guitar, acoustic guitar: About the characteristics, price, and history of Gibson guitars


Gibson will introduce popular models of electric guitars. This is a famous company that is one of the world’s two largest guitar manufacturers. Founder Orville Henry Gibson started as a musical instrument workshop at the end of the 19th century, and has reigned as a top guitar brand for over 100 years since then. It has been loved by many players as it has focused on the needs of the times and competed against rival companies. As a musical instrument, it is made of high-quality wood and is popular.


This instrument was created in America. Even beginners can use it for rock music using acoustic guitars, SGs, etc. They are a representative guitar manufacturer, and their lineup is top-level and attractive. When starting out, you can select by type, and customization is also available. This is a manufacturer that is often picked up on information on the internet.

About the price

Prices vary considerably from around 50,000 yen to 1 million yen. Basically, the things that appear and are sold are basically things that are taken for granted at studios. The method of selection depends on the specifications of the system, such as the head, bridge, mahogany, pick, etc. It has a unique shape impression. The appearance of the model is geared toward hard rock, but there are also ukuleles, classical guitars, and other high-end models that can be played at jazz concerts and events. Even among musical instrument manufacturers, the balance is good.

Development company

Gibson Brands, Inc.


Orville Henry Gibson 1856-1918

Born in 1856 on a farm in Shatagei, New York, near the Canadian border, Orville Henry Gibson moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan by his mid-thirties, working in restaurants and shoe stores to make musical instruments as a hobby. Fascinated by the acoustics of stringed instruments such as the violin and viola in 1894, he applied and developed its structural features to mandolin and guitar production. His instrument, with its carved wood body sides and arched top, became popular for its warm sound, and he patented this idea in February 1898. In 1896, Orville decided to make stringed instruments his main business, retired from his shoe store and opened a stringed instrument workshop. His workshop on South Birdick Street in Kalamazoo is only 10 square meters. Having a heart condition, he has been hospitalized and discharged in Kalamazoo and Ogdensburg, a town near his hometown, since about 1907. And in 1918 he died in the hospital.


In 1896, the founder Orville decided to make stringed instruments his main business, retired from the shoe store and opened a stringed instrument workshop. In 1902, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. was founded as a sales company. Orville was repeatedly hospitalized and discharged from 1907 to 1911, left Kalamazoo in 1916 and was hospitalized again, and died in 1918. From the 1920s to the 1930s, Gibson contributed to numerous guitar design innovations, especially with the model L5 designed by Luroid Lower, who was enrolled at the time, and grew into a leading archtop guitar company. In 1936, the ES-150, the world’s first commercial-based electric guitar model, was released. In 1952, Gibson designed a solid guitar in collaboration with guitarist Les Paul, and became the standard for electric guitars with Fender’s Stratocaster as a Les Paul model. Due to the fact that famous musicians such as Eric Clapton and Peter Green used all the original Les Paul models, it became a maker that is extremely popular. In 1969, ECL acquired Gibson. In 1984, Gibson closed its Kalamazoo plant in Michigan, and in 1986 Gibson was acquired by Henry Jascowitz, Dave Berryman and others. In 2013, TEAC became a subsidiary and Cakewalk was acquired from Roland. In 2014, acquired the audio equipment division of Philips.

Features of Gibson

Gibson is said to have a “Gibson sound” that is common to all models. It is especially good for powerful stroke play, especially in the way the bass strings sound, with a gritty feel in which the bass is organized. The guitar has a traditional “Dovetail” neck joint that is “glued” at a preparation angle of 3 degrees. With more brands adopting polyester and polyurethane paints, Gibson uses the old-fashioned “nitrocellulose lacquer.” Bracing attached to the body top / back is also called Rikiki, and its main purpose is to reinforce the body. With the exception of some models, all Gibson acoustic guitars are made of veneer.

Gibson model

J-45 Standard

The “J-45”, which is used by many artists, mainly rock music, as a famous machine, has a powerful sound due to its large body.


The “SJ-200”, which is a larger version of the J series, is called the “King of Flat Top” because of its size and rich sound.

L-00 Standard

It was remodeled to a flat top in 1926.

Gibson FlyingV

This model is the forerunner of the “transformed guitar”.

Gibson Firebird

A major feature is the elegant streamlined body line and through-neck body structure.

Gibson Explorer

The part where the cutaway on the 1st string side and the right elbow hit is greatly overhanging.

Gibson EDS-1275

A 6-string guitar that considers the 2nd string as a set.


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