Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.
Gibson is best know for building the most iconic electric guitar of all: the Les Paul. Designed by Ted McCarty and the one and only mr. Les Paul the ‘Les Paul Model was introduced in 1952 and became its most popular guitar to date. Many Gibson Electrics are highly collectible like the 1958 Korina Explorer, the ES-335 and some of the Custom Shop Les Paul models like Peter Green/Gary Moore’s ‘Greeny’ and Jimmy Page’s #1.
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