If you've ever listened to any music after the early 1900's, you'll have probably heard a Gibson. It's actually pretty close to a guarantee. The most popular guitar Gibson has designed thus far is the Les Paul. You will probably recognize the shape of it in the photos down below. Thousands of famous musicians spanning across the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal and R&B have played gibson guitars. For some of these musicians, their guitar has even become part of their identity. Imagine Angus Young without his cherry red Gibson SG... you can't! Take a read through and see what the top 10 Gibson guitars have been thus far. Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded on October 11, 1902, and has been making quality instruments ever since. However, most of you may agree with me and say they really started making good stuff in 1952 with the production of the first Les Paul. Ever since then, they have made millions of some of the world’s best instruments. You may agree, you may disagree, you may not have an opinion about this, but this is the best Gibson electric guitars of all time in my eyes. Enjoy! And please feel free to leave what you think are the best ones in the comments section! 10. 1954 Gibson Les Paul Junior Although it was designed for beginners in 1954, you pretty much only see the real pros using the original ones. Gibson still makes the LP Jr., but it is not exactly at entry level price like it was in ’54. Epiphone now has their own version of the Junior for $120 – the price of the Gibson when it came out. Les Paul Juniors have one pickup, which is a single P-90 (usually) pickup in the bridge position. Others have been made or modified to house a humbucker pickup, but the P-90 is the classic and the favorite among most of its players. In 1958, the double cutaway version was produced in addition to the single cutaway. Colors of the LP Jr. included vintage sunburst, cherry red, and the most famous of them all – TV Yellow. 9. Gibson Explorer Like the Flying V, the Explorer was first released in 1958. Unlike the Flying V, which was re-released in 1967, the Explorer wasn’t brought back until 1976. The Explorer features 2 smoking hot humbuckres, with a Tune-o-matic bridge. Like any other guitar, the Explorer went through design and construction changes over the years in attempt to make a better guitar. The Explorer went through changes in wood, from korina to mahogany to alder and back to korina, and the volume and tone knob arrangement to name a couple. Again, like the V, this guitar is found most commonly in the metal and hard rock families these days. 8. 1956 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop The biggest way this guitar changed the Les Paul was the revolutionary Tune-O-Matic bridge. It allowed for better action and playability for the player. It featured two P-90 pickups, [...]
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