The Gibson Guitar History in Summary
In the late 1800's a man named Orville Gibson started to create mandolins and guitars with a carved top design. His
reputation spread quickly and in 1902 he incorporated "Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Co., Ltd" in Kalamazoo Michigan.
After years of success as a mandolin and "F Hole" archtop guitar manufacturer and well past Orville Gibson's passing, in 1937 Gibson Guitars introduced their first electric guitar, the ES-150. The ES-150 stood for Electric-Spanish and is essentially an "F Hole" archtop guitar with a pickup.
In the mid 1940's, a man named Les Paul approached Gibson Guitars with his new invention, a solid body electric guitar. However, Gibson did not see the his guitar as anything people would want, in fact it's been said they told Les his creation was a "broomstick with a pickup on it".
A few years later, Gibson Guitars made history perhaps their best move ever, they tracked Les Paul down and brought him back in to design none other than the Gibson Les Paul, introduced in 1952. Over the years Gibson has created several different types of electrical and acoustical guitars. They have stuck with their plan of creating high quality guitars made of the finest materials and are now located in Nashville Tennessee with their Gibson USA plant. Today, Gibson Guitars are regarded as some of the finest guitars on the market.
Gibson Les Paul
As mentioned before, the Gibson Les Paul was released in 1952. Gibson Les Pauls are created from a solid mahoganey body with a carved maple wood top. The necks are made of mahoganey with a rosewood fretboard, they're normally fit with humbucker pickups that vary from the one type of Gibson Les Paul to another. The Les Paul is Gibson's flagship product and is the most popular Gibson guitar, they are wonderful and beautiful guitars and some will argue the best of all electric guitars.
Believe it or not the SG was actually a redisgned Gibson Les Paul back in the late 1950's. In 1959 Gibson created a Les Paul SG that was basically
a Gibson Les Paul with a double cutaway. In 1961 they modified it even more by giving the double cutaway a horned look, thinner body and renamed it
the Gibson SG. Gibson SG's are made of solid mohaganey with a rosewood fretboard and most feature the classic tune-o matic bridge.