Gibson Guitar Corp. is a privately-held manufacturer of diversified musical instruments. Gibson Guitar Corp.’s product portfolio includes acoustic guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins, accessories, drums, amplifiers, as well as processors, pianos, band instruments, vending machines, juke boxes, electric guitars, basses, and consumer electronics. Gibson Guitar Corp.’s most popular guitar is the legendary Gibson Les Paul guitar. Gibson Guitar Corp. was founded in 1974 by Orville Gibson, and Gibson Guitar Corp. headquarters are located in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, Gibson Guitar Corp. was the receiving end of a federal raid seeking information supporting allegations that Gibson was illegally imported banned ebony wood to use in its guitar fingerboards. (Gibson Guitar Corp. denied the allegations). See PrivCo's Detailed Business Description: Gibson Guitar Corp. for more information on the federal raid and related allegations.
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Overview & Corporate Organization
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The Original Musical Instrument
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Charts, Financials, and Statistics (Table Format)
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|*||Gibson Guitar Corp. fiscal year end: 12/31|
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Mergers & Acquisitions
|Details||Jun. 1987||Completed||Steinberger||Gibson Guitar Corp.||Acquisition||Unspecified|
|Details||Aug. 1987||Completed||Flatiron Mandolin Company||Gibson Guitar Corp.||Acquisition||Unspecified|
|Details||Jan. 1990||Completed||Oberheim Corp.||Gibson Guitar Corp.||Acquisition||Unspecified|
|Details||Oct. 1993||Completed||Original Musical Instrument Company||Gibson Guitar Corp.||Acquisition||Unspecified|
|Details||Apr. 1995||Completed||Slingerland Drum Company||Gibson Guitar Corp.||Acquisition||Unspecified|
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|Oct. 1997||Allied Capital Corporation||Funding||Private Equity|
|Details||Total Round Funding $15,000,000|
|Total of Funding Shown Above $15,000,000|
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Detailed Business Description: Gibson Guitar Corp.
New Beginning of Gibson Guitar Corp. (1900s-1960s)
Gibson Guitar Corp.’s beginnings trace back to the 1880s when Orville Gibson, its namesake and founder, made his living as a salesman and clerk after purchasing a small workshop in Michigan. Orville Gibson began applying his techniques to make guitars, flutes, and banjos as well. From 1896 onwards, Orville Gibson started making instruments full time. Late 1902, Gibson entered into an agreement with five Kalamazoo financiers to create the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company. According to agreement, Orville Gibson was not a major stockholder, but was instead given a few of stock shares and a lump sum of $2,500 for his patent and the right to use his name. In July 1903, Orville Gibson sold his stock but remained at the company, Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, until 1904. Afterwards, Gibson received a monthly pension until he died in 1918.
After Orville Gibson’s death, Lloyd Loar joined the Gibson… Continue Reading →