In 1952, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar, the Les Paul which became its most popular guitar to date— designed by Ted Mc Carty and Les Paul.
Gibson was owned by the Norlin corporation from 1969 to 1986. Initially, the company produced only Orville Gibson's original designs.
GA-1RT(-1) Maestro Reverb-Echo (tweed) GA-1RVT Maestro Reverb-Echo (aka Maestro M-1RVT) (tweed) GA-2RT Maestro Deluxe Reverb-Echo (tweed) GA-2RVT Maestro Deluxe Reverb-Echo GA-3RV GA-4RE GA-5 Les Paul Junior GA-5 Skylark (two-tone) GA-5T Skylark (two-tone) GA-5 Skylark (Crestline) GA-5T Skylark (Crestline) GA-5 Skylark (White Panel) GA-5T Skylark (White Panel) GA-5 Skylark (1967-) GA-5T Skylark (1967-) GA-6 (two-tone) GA-6 Lancer (tweed) GA-7 Les Paul TV Gibsonette GA-8 Gibsonette GA-8T Gibsonette, GA-8T Discoverer GA-8 Discoverer (Crestline) GA-8T Discoverer (Crestline) GA-9 (two-tone) GA-14 Titan GA-15 Maestro (two-tone) GA-15RV Maestro (tweed) GA-15RVT Explorer (White Panel) GA-16T Viscount GA-17RVT Scout (Crestline) GA-18 Explorer (Tweed) GA-18T Explorer (Tweed) GA-18T Explorer (Crestline) GA-19RVT (Tweed) GA-19RVT Falcon (Crestline) GA-20 GA-20 (Two-Tone), Crest (Tweed) GA-20T (Two-Tone), Ranger (Tweed) GA-20RVT Minuteman (White Panel) GA-25 GA-25RVT Hawk (Crestline) GA-30 GA-30 (Two-Tone), Invader (Tweed) GA-30RV Invader (Tweed) GA-30RVT Invader (Crestline) GA-35RVT Lancer (White Panel) GA-40 Les Paul GA-40 Les-Paul (Two-Tone), GA-40T Les-Paul (Tweed) GA-40T Les Paul (Crestline) GA-45T Maestro (Two-Tone), Standard (Tweed) GA-45RV Maestro (Tweed) GA-45RVT Saturn (White Panel) GA-45RVTL Saturn (White Panel) GA-46T Super Maestro (Two-Tone) GA-50 GA-50T GA-55 (Two-Tone) GA-55 Ranger GA-55V (Two-Tone) GA-55RVT Ranger (White Panel) GA-55RVTL Ranger (White Panel) GA-60 Hercules (Crestline) GA-70 Country and Western (Two-Tone) GA-75/(75W) GA-75 Recording (Crestline) GA-75L Recording (Crestline) GA-77 (Two-Tone), Vanguard (Tweed) GA-77RV Vanguard (Tweed) GA-77RVT Vanguard (Crestline) GA-77RVTL Vanguard (Crestline) GA-77RET Vanguard (Crestline) GA-77RETL Vanguard (Crestline) GA-77RET Vanguard (White Panel) GA-77RETL Vanguard (White Panel) GA-78RV Maestro 30 (Tweed) GA-78RVT Maestro 30 (Tweed) GA-78RVS Maestro 30 (Tweed) GA-79 Multi-Purpose (Tweed) GA-79RV Multi-Purpose (Tweed) GA-79RVT Multi-Purpose (Tweed) GA-79RVT (Crestline) GA-80 Vari-Tone (Tweed) GA-83S Stereo-Vib (Tweed) GA-85 (Two-Tone) GA-86 Ensamble (Tweed) GA-87 Stereo Maestro (Tweed) GA-88S Stereo Twin (Tweed) GA-90 GA-95RVT Apollo (White Panel) GA-95RVTL Apollo (White Panel) GA-100 Bass (Tweed) GA-100 Bass (Crestline) GA-200 (Two-Tone), Rhythm King (Tweed) GA-200 Rhythm King (Crestline) GA-300RVT Super 300 (Crestline) GA-400 Super 400 (Two-Tone) GA-400 Super-400 (Crestline) GA-CB GA-Custom BA-15RV Atlas IV Atlas IV (Power Plus) Atlas IV L (Power Plus) Atlas Medalist Duo Medalist Mercury I (Power Plus) Mercury II (Power Plus) Mercury II L (Power Plus) Mercury Medalist Titan I (Power Plus) Titan III (Power Plus) Titan V (Power Plus) Titan Medalist Thor 8W 1x8" Guitar Combo with Reverb and Tremolo Speakers: 1x8" Inputs: 2 Channels: 1 Volume Controls: 1 Tone Controls on Each Channel: No Tremolo: Speed Reverb: Yes Tubes: 3 (12AX7, 6BM8, 5Y3 or Pre (1x7025, 1x6BM8 5Y3)) Extension Speaker Jack: No Monitor Jack: No Watts Output: 8 Shipping Totals: 1961: 2183 Harmony Central Review GA1RT Harmony Central Review Maestro Reverb/Echo Combo Schematic with 1x 12AX7, 1x 6BM8 & 1x 5Y3GT [GA-1RT1] (Gibson) Very fine practice, small venue, or recording amp. It was fitted with a Jensen 10" field coil speaker. ( March 28, 2003) Single-ended 6V6; like a Fender 5E1 Champ; GA-5 uses only resistors in PS filter, no choke (Miles O'Neal's web-site; May 30, 2003) This (see first pic) is a beautiful example of the earliest style GA-5, made in 1954-56 these first three years the GA-5 model designation was 'Les Paul Junior'. The circuit in these is very nearly the same as the Fender 5C1 model 'Champ'. (Kljjjn Okleshen) I have a 1955 GA-5 equipped with the JANO 5"x7" speaker. Although I own several high end boutique amps, I find that the LP Jr.
The Airline Guitars were sold through Montgomery Ward.
Below: Perhaps my favorite 1960’s guitars, the Domino’s.
EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
At the time, I understood the ES125 was vintage, but had no idea that it was just a regular Gibson student model. Rich, ESP, Jackson, Dean, and Ibanez which were played by my favorite bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Testament.
It had the basic Kluson strip tuners and P-90 pickup. The reason I had purchased it in the first place was that I was trying to learn a new genre of music - Growing up as a teenager in the '80's I gravitated to hard rock and heavy metal. These guitars play fast and loud which is great, but when trying to learn chord shapes and progressions, I wanted something more boxy, something with a little more history. After attending several guitar shows and being exposed to all makes, models, eras and brands, I found that I was most interested in Gibson.
The most amazing fact about Gibson is that they were first to market with the very first electric guitar, the 1936 ES150 (although many sources state that the first ES150's were shipped starting in 1937).
Many manufacturers at the time had been working on the idea (the concept of electrifying a guitar had been around since the 1920's) and Rickenbacker marketed the early 1930's 'frying pan' lapsteel; but Gibson was the winner for marketing the first electric guitars.
Between 1942-1945, Gibson employed women to manufacture guitars.