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Gibson Launched the Gibson Repair and Restoration Shop in Nashville



Gibson announced the re-launch of the Gibson Repair & Restoration Shop, an in-house state-of-the-art repair and restoration facility in Nashville, TN. The Gibson Repair & Restoration Team (Gibson R&R) offers a highly skilled and trained staff of experienced luthiers and techs in our climate-controlled environment. Gibson R&R is fully equipped to perform all phases of guitar repair and restoration, from basic setups to full restorations of damaged or neglected vintage instruments.

Building on the brand’s extremely successful Virtual Guitar Tech Service, players will have the ability to schedule a free, live, virtual, video call with a Gibson R&R Tech to review, assess and estimate that work is needed on most models and styles of guitar. Gibson now offers virtual service, restoration, valuation, and certification and will even issue a new warranty on vintage guitars.

“We’ve been working on the re-launch of the Gibson Repair & Restoration Shop for 18 months and we’re excited to finally unveil it to the world,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President at Gibson Brands. “Gibson R&R has organized the most knowledgeable guitar experts and it’s the ultimate destination for all repairs, restorations, modifications, valuations, and certifications. If you own a Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer – or any other guitar – Gibson R&R is where you should send it. The Gibson R&R is the only shop that gives you the piece of mind that your guitars are getting the same level of expertise, craftsmanship and care that you’d expect from Gibson.”

The craftspeople at Gibson Repair & Restoration will guide you through the process of bringing your instrument back to life. Gibson R&R accepts most evaluates each situation individually and offers reliable time and cost estimates to address your instrument’s needs. After repair authorization is issued and your instrument is received, Gibson R&R will contact you for payment and make arrangements to get the instrument back in your hands. Gibson Virtual Repair & Restoration Service is that simple; schedule a consultation today, here.

Gibson Repair & Restoration Service fast facts:

  • Gibson R&R has free shipping and insurance, and offers packaging help if needed.
  • Gibson works with all types of guitar-like instruments from all brands. Gibson R&R has a dedicated customer service staff just for R&R questions.
  • Gibson R&R can fix most any issue you can have with your guitar, including:
  • Pro Set-Up – Acoustic or Electric
  • Fret Work – Fret dress to Plane & Refret
  • Structural Repairs – Body cracks, broken headstocks, etc.
  • Neck Resets
  • Custom Paint and Finishes
  • Full and Total Restorations

Gibson Announces Partnership with Dave Mustaine



Gibson is proud to officially announce a new partnership with Dave Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and Grammy-winning founder and leader of Megadeth who joins Gibson as a Brand Ambassador. The new Dave Mustaine Collection will span acoustic and electric guitars across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer.

Dave will join the Gibson Artist Alliance – a forum which includes legendary musicians, innovative movers and shakers, and new talent – to share in thought leadership, research & development, mentorship of the next generation of players, as well as philanthropic endeavors. In addition to the Dave Mustaine Collection, Dave will be featured in original content and special projects across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer.

“One of first albums I ever bought was Kiss Alive. On the back of that LP was the Gibson logo, followed by ‘Kiss uses Gibson Guitars because they want the best’. Period,” says Dave Mustaine. “Years later, I’m still that same fan, but now I’ve been playing, touring, writing, and performing around the world myself, and I can say that I could not agree more with that statement. As I was looking for a change in my guitars, I met with Cesar and got his perspective on the vision and direction Gibson is taking. I saw passion, respect for the instruments, a focus on quality and a company that is led by guitar players. I feel I am finally at home with Gibson and I am proud of what we’re building together. I can’t wait for the world to get their hands on the new Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer Dave Mustaine Collection guitars. This is a dream come true for me, don’t #@!# wake me up.”

“It’s an honor to welcome icon, pioneer and visionary musician Dave Mustaine to the Gibson family as our brand ambassador”, said Cesar Gueikian of Gibson Brands. “Dave is one of the most influential metal icons and riff lords of all time, having paved the way for multiple generations of players to carry the flag for hard rock and heavy metal, from riff writers to shredders and everyone in between. Working with Dave is especially gratifying because he is a guitar nerd like me, who gets involved in every aspect of the development of the concepts and ideas we have been designing with him at the Gibson Lab. When I was as kid learning how to play guitar, I aspired to play Dave’s riffs and I was one of the fortunate fans who attended their Youthanasia Tour concert at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the ‘Aguante Megadeth’ chant was born over the song Symphony of Destruction. That was an epic night that I will never forget. I look forward to bringing this partnership to life and unveiling the first stages of the Dave Mustaine Collection to the world.”


Gibson Announced Acquisition of Mesa/Boogie



Gibson announced the acquisition of Mesa/Boogie, one of the most respected brands in sound and guitar amplification. Mesa/Boogie – the original “Boutique” amplifier company – was founded 51 years ago by Randy Smith, who is responsible for creating the ground-breaking circuits that drive some of the most influential sounds of our time.

Randy will join Gibson as Master Designer and Pioneer of Mesa/Boogie and beyond. In his new role, Randy will continue his passion for tube technology and his vision for building hand-crafted, high performance amplifiers, that continue to redefine how we experience sound across Mesa/Boogie and Gibson.

Beginning in a converted dog kennel under the redwoods of Northern California, Randy Smith was wrenching amplifiers for all the great San Francisco area bands over 50 years ago when vintage gear was new. Being close to so many great guitar players, from Bloomfield to Santana and The Rolling Stones, Smith learned the virtues and shortcomings of the era’s gear and began a process of innovation that continues today.

Mesa/Boogie, the company Smith founded, was the first boutique amplifier builder and revolutionized amplifier performance in ways that impacted rock music worldwide. Simultaneously respecting and improving the vintage classics he grew up with, Smith, through Mesa/Boogie pioneered the invention of High Gain.

“At Gibson we are all about leveraging our iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, a quest that started over 100 years ago with our founder Orville Gibson,” says James ‘’JC’ Curleigh, President & CEO of Gibson Brands. “Today this quest continues with the addition of Mesa Boogie into the Gibson Brands family, along with the visionary leadership of Randy Smith and his Team who, for the past 50 years, have created an iconic and innovative brand that has stood the test of time. This is a perfect partnership based on our collective professional experiences and passion for sound”.

“I’m 75 years-old and still at work every day,” says Randall Smith founder of Mesa/Boogie. “This is my art and many of our crew have worked along my side for 30 to 40 years. As we witnessed JC and Cesar transform Gibson, we saw kindred spirits sharing common values and a fierce dedication to quality. Today, Gibson’s guitars are the best-ever and when they asked if we’d like to become Gibson’s Custom Shop for Amplifiers, we envisioned a perfect collaboration that would expand our outreach while preserving our legacy beyond my time. Gibson realizes the unique value of what we’ve all built together and this next chapter in the Mesa/Boogie story is a continuation of that dream. I am so fortunate for this partnership with the new Gibson after 50 years of doing what I love. It’s been the ride of my life . . . and it ain’t over yet!”


Gibson Guitars and Carlton Cases Unite for a Collaboration



Two goliaths of guitar engineering and design, Gibson and Carlton Cases, have united to unveil the first ever Gibson Series of guitar cases, powered by Carlton Cases. To view the new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton Cases, visit here.

“I am excited to offer the new collaboration with Carlton,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “When it comes to traveling and sending my personal collection around the world for artists to use in the studio, at home, and on tour, I rely on Carlton to keep them safe. We are thrilled to partner with Carlton to create and offer this new Gibson Signature Series by Carlton and offer it to our fans.”

“It’s thrilling to work directly with such a historic influential megaforce in the music industry,” adds Jeff Poss, Owner of Carlton Cases. “The team at Gibson are attentive to every detail; it’s why we get along so well and surely why the Gibson Signature Series are the best cases to come out of Carlton, ever.”

An American icon for 126 years, Gibson has been a heroic figure across all genres of music, a symbol of quality in sound and guitar design worldwide now paving the way for another century of success in guitar stylings and creativity. For over 50 years, Calton Cases has proudly designed customized cases for guitarists that have protected and lengthened the lifespan of their beloved guitars with custom flair, so instruments can transcend generations.

Guitars are a legacy, carried over generations in songs sung and stories told and at Calton Cases, we identify with Gibson’s unmatched quality and attention to detail. Every case at Calton Cases is customized and tailored to preserve each unique and amazing guitar for a lifetime and more and every Gibson guitar is a tool for legendary music in the making.

The resulting Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases has forged an immaculate line of guitar cases, well-designed and built, and collaboratively customized from look and feel to strength and durability.

There is no compromise in the aesthetic and endurance of the new Gibson Signature Series. The brown and subtle metallic-copper gelcoat exterior is an electrifying embodiment of the classic combined with modern ideals for which Calton is renowned worldwide. Meanwhile, the sumptuous Gibson color-matched plush pink interior and riotous brass hardware rock Gibson’s rebellious spirit.

With the success of this launch the Gibson Signature Series by Calton Cases, it’s clear that Gibson guitars and Calton Cases will continue this unstoppable unity for many years to come.


Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior Available Worldwide



By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future with instruments that nurture new players across generations and genres of music. Gibson and Lukas Nelson have announced they’ll release the first-ever Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior.

Lukas Nelson knows all about legacies, indeed he’s been hard at work carving his own for most of his young, but extremely eventful life. This customized Gibson Les Paul Junior is inspired by Lukas Nelson’s own 1956 Junior.

“The beauty of this guitar is that it is very versatile with the sound. In fact, I can get a lot of different tones just from the P90 and the way that I attack the strings and through the intonation and the vibrato that I give,” says Lukas Nelson. “If I hit it lighter, it doesn’t break up as much. If I get into it, it gets a lot of grit and dirt and breaks up. It’s a versatile tone, which I’m pretty grateful for. Frankly, Gibson has been nothing but incredible to us – to me – since I’ve met them. And this guitar has taken me on a long journey. It’s taken me to some amazing places, and I hope that a lot of other people get the same opportunity with their version of my guitar.”

Lukas and Gibson’s Luthiers worked closely to develop his Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior. Several prototypes were road tested by Lukas on tour over this past year and the end result is Lukas’s vision. Based off his beloved 1956 Les Paul Junior which has been his main guitar for several years, the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior is rooted in tradition with some modern enhancements.

Like his original, the single cutaway slab Mahogany body, and neck are crafted of genuine Mahogany for its resonant tonal characteristics and moderate weight. The fat 50’s-style neck profile feels smooth and comfortable while providing rigidity and sustain. It features a Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and medium jumbo frets for a vintage feel with modern playability. Finished in a deluxe satin Vintage Sunburst, this shade was developed to capture the same vintage patina of his original.

The single, dog-ear P-90 pickup features Alnico III magnets and is voiced to replicate the tonal response that Lukas requires. The single volume and tone controls have gold speed knobs (as used in 1956) and are hand-wired featuring an orange drop capacitor and original spec 500k vintage audio taper pots. The aged nickel-plated hardware includes Vintage Deluxe strip style tuners w/ white buttons like the originals but feature a higher gear ratio for improved performance. The 50’s style wraparound bridge provides the same look and solid resonance as the original, but it is made with a stealthy compensation contour to improve intonation accuracy.

The new Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior will officially be available worldwide at all Authorized Gibson Dealers in August 2020.


Gibson Announces Frank Hannon ‘Love Dove’ Acoustic Guitar



By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future generations. Gibson is proud to announce a new acoustic collaboration with Frank Hannon, the acclaimed solo artist, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the multi-platinum band TESLA. The new Frank Hannon ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar marks Frank’s first signature guitar in his 35-year music career and is now available worldwide at all authorized Gibson Dealers.

Frank used his 70’s era Gibson Dove to write and record numerous songs, including the TESLA hits “What You Give,” “Stir it Up,” he also recorded the celebrated intro to the ballad “Love Song” for the “Times Makin Changes” video collection. After trying many acoustic guitars, it’s the Gibson Dove model that Frank has faithfully used to record and tour with for the past 30 years. The new “Love Dove” model guitar can be seen and heard on TESLA’s latest release 5 Man London Jam recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios, and it is filled with love, power and performance like Frank’s lyrical, vocal and musical prowess.

The Frank Hannon “Love Dove” acoustic guitar is highly customized featuring a thermally Aged Sitka spruce top, married to a maple back and sides, allowing for supreme response and resonance. A 70’s era Dove bridge with scalloped wings decorated with mother-of-pearl wing inlays adorn the center, and the highly desirable Dove pick guard features hand-engraved and painted details. Each “Love Dove” comes in Vintage Cherry Sunburst and is commemorated with a signed inside label by Frank Hannon and custom Love engraved truss cover written by Frank himself.

Visit the Gibson blog to watch a video of Frank Hannon playing the ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar, and to read an interview with him. More information on the ‘Love Dove’ acoustic guitar can be found here.


Gibson Teams Up with MyMusicRx for a Sweepstakes



Gibson, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has teamed up with MyMusicRx, flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA), to bring the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses.

Help support this worthy cause with a donation, and you could win one of six Epiphone, Gibson, and Kramer guitars PLUS interactive guitar lessons through a year-long subscription to the Amped guitar learning app and a swag bag full of Gibson merch!

Prizes include:

  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Cherry
  • Epiphone Casino – Vintage Sunburst
  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Iced Tea
  • Kramer-Assault-Plus – Vintage Sunburst
  • Gibson Les Paul Tribute – Satin Honeyburst
  • Epiphone Masterbilt-DR500

Your generous donation will directly support MyMusicRx’s free music medicine programs for hospitalized kids and teens. These tailored, one-on-one music experiences are designed to relieve their stress, anxiety, and perception of pain, allowing kids and teens to improve their mental and emotional well-being through the healing power of music.

The Sweepstakes is available until June 26, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST. The Drawing Date is June 29, 2020, at 11:59 pm PST. Each entry gives you a chance to win any prize.

Entry Prices:

  • 10 Entries for $5
  • 30 Entries for $10
  • 100 Entries for $25

You can get 5 more entries by posting your link (presumably on social media), and 5 more entries when friends use your link. Friends get 5 more entries for using your link.

The Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding New York), the District of Columbia, countries in the EU, U.K., and Canada who are 18 (except 19 on Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi) years of age as of the date of the entry or legal age of majority or older in their country of residence.

Canadian winners will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill testing question as a condition of receiving a prize.

Sweepstakes is void in Cuba, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, the Province of Quebec, and any place where offering the sweepstakes or awarding of a prize is prohibited.


Gibson to Showcase New Products at Shanghai International Expo Centre



Gibson announced that it will showcase an array of new guitars, top talent, and a handful of rare guitars at Music China 2019 – Asia’s largest trade show in the music industry – October 10-13 at the Shanghai International Expo Centre.

At Music China 2019, Gibson will be on the ground to connect with Dealers, Strategic partners, and Distributors, to forge new relationships and explore throughout the region. Gibson’s new CEO and President James “JC” will visit, marking his first time in a decade a top executive at Gibson has visited Music China 2019.

The Gibson booth and experience at Music China will feature exciting, award-winning new products from the brand including the new G-45 Series Collection – the G-45 Standard and G-45 Studio guitars. Hand-crafted by skilled artisans at the Gibson acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana – who build the most cherished and iconic acoustic models – the G-Series offers acoustic players of all levels the perfect mix of tone and performance with traditional Gibson style and value.

The newly released Gibson Original, Modern and Custom Shop Collections as well as the recently launched String Collections will be on display in full at Music China. Featuring the Les Paul Standard 50s, 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, Mastro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figures and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, the J-45 and Hummingbird as well as the J-200, the Gibson Original Collection brings classic design, innovation and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans.

The Gibson Modern Collection builds on Gibson’s solid legacy of coveted innovation by introducing modern features players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability. 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 round out the Gibson Modern Collection.


Enter the Gibson Iced Tea Burst Giveaway



Gibson is doing a giveaway of a Les Paul Standard 60’s Iced Tea Burst guitar. Those who are interested in entering the giveaway must do so before May 2019 ends. No purchase is necessary.

To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States. The winner will be announced the second week of June 2019. You may want to read the Terms & Conditions before entering the giveaway.

The Les Paul Standard returns to the classic design that made it relevant, played and loved – shaping sound across generations and genres of music. It pays tribute to Gibson’s Golden Era of Innovation and brings authenticity back to life.

The Les Paul Standard 60’s has a solid mahogany body with an AA figured maple top, and a slim taper 60’s style mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and trapezoid inlays. It’s equipped with a classic-style Tune-O-Matic bridge, aluminum stop bar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic “Kidney” tuners, and gold top hat knobs with silver reflectors. The Burstbucker 61R (neck) Buckstrider 61T (bridge) pickups are loaded with AINiCo V magnets, audio taper potentiometers and orange drop capacitors.

Guitar specs:

Body:

  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AA Figured Maple
  • Weight Relief: None
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck:

  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Scale Length: 24.75”/62.865cm
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12” / 304.8mm
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Graph Technology
  • Nut Width: 1.695”/43.05mm
  • End-of-Board Width: 2.26”/57.4mm
  • Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoids

Hardware:

  • Finish: Nickel
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatics w/Kidney Buttons
  • Pick Guard: Cream
  • Control Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Silver Reflector & Pointers
  • Switch Tip: Amber
  • Switch Washer: Cream
  • Jack Plate: Cream

Gibson Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection



Variety reported that Gibson Brands Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 1, 2018, “with a turnaround plan that will give some of the company’s lender’s equity ownership of the long-running guitar and musical equipment company that has become synonymous with classic rock and roll.”

Chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands, Henry Juszkiewicz, posted about this on Gibson’s Facebook page. He started the post with “Dear Friends:”

Yesterday, we made a significant announcement that marks the next phase of Gibson’s long and storied history. We are re-focusing the Company on the manufacturing of world-class, iconic musical instruments and the continued development of the global Gibson brand, by reorganizing around its core business in the Musical Instruments segment. Gibson has reached a Restructuring Support Agreement with its majority stakeholders that clears the way for the continued financing and operations of the musical instrument business.

To implement the agreement, the Company filed today to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Delaware. This will allow our Company to continue to design, build, sell and manufacture Gibson’s legendary guitars and instruments without interruption.

Gibson included some important facts to know about the Chapter 11 process:

  • Gibson Brands is not going out of business. The legal process is being used to implement a reorganization of the Musical Instruments division, not liquidation
  • The filings do not change pricing, inventory, ordering, or delivery timing of our guitars, musical instruments and Pro Audio equipment.
  • There will be no change to the quality of service and support our customers have come to expect from us.
  • There will be no changes to our warranty and customer service policies.

In addition, Gibson posted a tweet that said: “Gibson filed yesterday to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code. This does NOT mean Gibson is going out of business. It means it is reorganizing its business to focus on guitars and musical instruments and becoming a stronger company in the process.”

Gibson also tweeted: “Rest assured, there will be no changes to our warranty and return policies and we are still making, selling and shipping the world’s most iconic guitars. Our relationship with you is important to us and we’re excited for what the future holds.” The tweet ended with #onlyagibsonisgoodenough