Video:Gibson Guitar Profileswith Dan Courtenay
Gibson guitars are legendary instruments widely used in all types of music. Check out this video profile about Gibson guitars' unique characteristics and it's rich history in music.See Transcript
Transcript:Gibson Guitar Profiles
Hi! This is Dan Courtenay for About.com. We're here at Chelsea Guitars in Manhattan to discuss Gibson Guitars.
History of Gibson Guitars
So in the early 50's music had really transitioned, it was getting louder. So new instruments had to be invented really to be used on the radio or in large venues. Now Gibson, being a smart company, they were saying, you know, things are happening here and we have old world craftsmanship. How can we make a guitar that musicians will want to use and is good enough to have our name on it? So, what they came up with is this. This is a 1955 Les Paul Custom guitar.
Gibson Guitar Construction
Most of the guitar is mahogany, and on the top is a layer of hard rock maple. And that maple cap, as they call it, was put on top. And what Gibson wanted to do to separate from all the other guitar companies is to arch the top, like a jazz guitar. See the top is arched? This is hard thing to do. All of those things enabled musicians to do really amazing things with the guitar. Sustain allowed them to make the guitar sound like a person. To play in a whole new way. It became much more expressive. They could play any kind of music on it.
Gibson Guitar Models
So I'm holding a Gibson SG. This guitar is made of mahogany. The construction of the guitar was made so you reach all the way up the neck. It's very cool looking - it looks like two devil horns. It's very lightweight, and the other great thing is the humbucking pickups, these gave the guitar with it's mahogany an amazingly deep, rich, burnished sound very honey and smooth.
This guitar is a 1961 ES-335, it's semi-hollow, it's not very thick, it's very lightweight and in the center is a block of wood that runs from down here all the way up. So really it's a solid body guitar, it's one of those guitars that if you're just going to have one guitar this is a great one to have. You can play rock and roll, you can play jazz, you can play country, you can play anything on it. That's a very hard thing to do because the music is so different.
And I have a Gibson Flying V in my hand. Now this is a really unique shape and one that you're not going to forget anytime soon. Gibson is a company that was famous for it's old world craftsmanship. Well in the early 50's they were losing money and they tried to come up with a design that the kids would like that the musicians would like. And they tried all kinds of things, one was kind of a pyramid shape where this was solid, well someone to save weight cut this out and the Flying V was born. I mean if you're going to have one fancy guitar - come on!
So there you go, so if you want to know anything more about Flying V's or Gibson in general go to About.com.