The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, manufactures guitars and other instruments which sell under a variety of brand names. Gibson is most well known for an electric, solid-body guitar model, the Les Paul.

The Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded by Orville Gibson, who made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented archtop guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found 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, which were used and popularized by Charlie Christian. Other companies were producing electric guitars but the Gibson is generally recognized as the first commercially successful electric guitar. In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date—the Les Paul.

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