Gibson, fighting its way back following its well publicised brush with bankruptcy, has launched its new Original, Modern and Custom Shop Collections in Nashville Tennessee.
The Original Collection includes a clutch of very familiar Gibson stalwarts including the Les Paul Standard 50’s, Les Paul Standard 60’s, Les Paul Special in TV Yellow, Les Paul Junior in Tobacco Burst, the SG 61 Standard with factory stop-tail, Maestro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figured and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, as well as, the J-45, Hummingbird and J-200.
Gibson’s Modern Collection leans heavily on Gibson’s solid legacy. ‘The Modern Collection reflects a new era of innovation, something Orville Gibson started in 1894 and Ted McCarty fueled in the 50’s and 60’s. It incorporates many contemporary updates that players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative slim-taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability,’ explains Cesar Gueikian, the company’s Chief Merchant Officer. The Gibson Modern Collection includes the Les Paul and SG Modern, Les Paul Studio and Tribute models, the new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2, and modern Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15, as well as the Parlor acoustic models.
‘The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail,” says Gueikian. ‘This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Les Paul Standard, the holy grail, with our most historically accurate recreation of the most iconic guitar in history.’
In fact the ’59 replica is the only guitar in this collection and promises to be one of the most talked about as fans and detractors alike argue just how accurate and authentic it is.