About the manufacturer : Orville Gibson started making mandolins in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA.
Gibson was considered a bit eccentric and suffered from some sort of mental illness.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Gibson became the leading manufacturer of arch-top guitars, particularly the Gibson L5 model. In 1936 they introduced their first "Electric Spanish" model, the ES-150, generally recognized as the first commercially successful electric guitar.
In 1952, Gibson launched a solid-bodied guitar designed in collaboration with the popular guitarist Les Paul. The late 1950s saw a number of new designs including the eccentrically-shaped Gibson Explorer and Flying V. In 1961, the body design of the Les Paul was changed, then became known as the Gibson SG.
Between 1974 and 1984, production of Gibson guitars was shifted from Kalamazoo to Nashville, Tennessee. Further production plants were also opened in Memphis, Tennessee as well as Bozeman, Montana.
Following financial troubles, the Gibson Guitar Corp. was bought by Henry E. Juszkiewicz, David H. Berryman and Gary A. Zebrowski in early 1986.