Gibson has been shaping the sound of music since 1894, when Orville Gibson designed and built his earliest-known musical instrument in his workshop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You can still play it and it sounds better than ever, 130 years later.

The innovative and forward-thinking carved top design that revolutionized the mandolin and guitar world delivering a louder, more durable, more playable instrument, remains the DNA of every Gibson

Over the past 130 years, Gibson’s groundbreaking instruments have been the catalyst for some of the loudest and most resonant moments in pop culture. Many of these have been genre-defining—think of Maybelle Carter’s transformative impact on country music with her Gibson L-5™, “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe and his F-5 mandolin, Eric Clapton picking up the torch from “Blues Fathers” Robert Johnson and Freddie King and blazing a new trail with the fabled “Beano” Burst, “Mother of Rock N ‘Roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s SG Custom™, Tony Iommi inventing the vocabulary for heavy metal with his SG Special “Monkey,” Jimmy Page defining hard rock in front of a sea of people with a low-slung Les Paul™, and his double neck EDS-1275, Slash influencing generational movement and defying the laws of music with his own Les Paul, and Bob Marley popularizing reggae with his Les Paul Special. Today, female powerhouses such as Lzzy Hale and Olivia Rodrigo are setting new bars for rock and pop stardom with Gibson guitars as their instruments of choice, and the list goes on and on. On other occasions, the voices of Gibson instruments have been heard at seismic cultural events, such as Bob Dylan’s performance at the 1963 March on Washington. Or they have inspired new generations to pick up the guitar in iconic appearances on the silver screen, such as the unforgettable Enchantment Under the Sea dance scene in the 1985 movie Back to the Future.

Opened in 2021 in downtown Nashville, the flagship Gibson Garage Nashville store continues to be the ultimate guitar experience and destination for music lovers across the globe. Visitors to the Garage can play all things Gibson, Epiphone™, Kramer™, MESA/Boogie®, KRK™, and Maestro™, try out the full line of electric and acoustic guitars, and take a piece of history home with limited-edition guitars, gear, accessories, and exclusive apparel and merch collaborations. Visitors can also enjoy live performances, design a dream Made-to-Measure guitar from Gibson Custom, and peruse interactive storytelling and memorabilia exhibits inside the historic 8,000 sq ft space. New in 2024, fans can now see this mirrored outside of the U.S. for the very first time, with the Gibson Garage London, which brings an unparalleled experience for music fans to a central location in the U.K. capital.