Gibson produce a wide range of beautiful acoustic instruments. One thing that Gibson acoustic guitars have in common is that they are all outstandingly crafted and have amazing, crisp, clear tonal range.
Gibson have set the standard for electric guitars for over 70 years. The Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Custom, the Studio and the SG have been used by some of the worlds greatest guitarists to create some of the most iconic pieces of music history. Slash used a Gibson Les Paul for the lead guitar on the Guns & Roses albums. Fans of Led Zeppelin will also be familiar with Gibson’s trademark roar and full bodied sound.
Perhaps less well known among non guitar players is the companies acoustic range. The Hummingbird and J series are among the greatest acoustic guitars available and just like the famous electrics which also bear the Gibson name, they are responsible for some of the most iconic moments of music history. Jimmy Page played a Gibson Hummingbird and a Gibson J-200. Some of the Rolling Stones best acoustic moments were also recorded on a vintage Hummingbird by legendary guitarist Keith Richards. Ronnie Wood also used several Gibson acoustics during his career with the band.
Neil Young is another famous Gibson player. Many of his hauntingly beautiful tracks were recorded on a Gibson J-200.
As well as many famous players from the past, the current range includes many artists’ signature models. For these models Gibson has teamed up with the guitarists themselves or made a guitar in their honor after their death. The Artist Signature series includes a guitar made for Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day. Billy Joe Armstrong plays a lot of soulful and melodic acoustic music mixed in with the fast paced post punk that Green Day are famous for. For a band with such a reputation for uncompromising rock music it can be a surprise when you look back over their career and find that some of their greatest moments are when the music is stripped back with acoustic instruments. Good Riddance, Time of Your Life is a particular highlight. Players like Billy Joe Armstrong and Keith Richards use Gibson guitars because they are quite simply excellent instruments.
The Artist signature series also includes instruments bearing the names of great players such as John Lennon, John Hiatt, Randy Scruggs, Robert Johnson, Aaron Lewis and Brad Paisley.
An exciting new release from Gibson is a reissue of the original 1960 Hummingbird. When the Hummingbird was first introduced is was met with a lot of excitement and excellent sales. It has remained a consistent seller ever since. The Hummingbird has been among the top five selling Gibson’s every year since 1989. The model has evolved over the years into the exceptional instrument it is today. The original 1960 model was also an excellent instrument as is very valuable on the vintage guitar market. The reissue of this iconic model allows everyone to own the Hummingbird in it’s original form which evokes the feelings and sounds of the era. The cherry sunburst is perfect for this guitar and the ornate patterns of Hummingbirds on the pick guard are simply beautiful. As with most items of great quality, it genuinely has stood the test of time.
As mentioned earlier, perhaps the most widely recorded Gibson acoustic among major guitar players is the J-200. The J-200 is available today in many different versions. If you are looking for a high quality guitar for session work and studio recording you need look no further than the J-200. It plays like a dream and sounds simply outstanding.
The J-200 is the proud owner of a legacy which goes back an incredible 71 years to 1937 when it was first introduced. This guitar is one of the most famous, most popular and most coveted acoustic guitars in the world. It is also one of the very best. The J-200 standard is a guitar worthy of any guitarists collection but the J-200 is also available in many other guises. Other models include the J-200 Studio and the J-200 True Vintage. Just like the Hummingbird, the True Vintage J-200 allows guitarists the chance to play this iconic instrument just as it was when it was first available in 1937.
Which ever Gibson acoustic you chose, you are sure to get a piece of the highest quality craftsmanship backed up with over 70 years of guitar making experience.