Guitars are like cars in that they have their own mythology. Sometimes their reputation is so vast it becomes main stream. Such is the case with Gibson. It’s great to own a guitar that you know is in that company, however, it my have side effect of distorting what you are actually looking for when you go to buy your guitar. When buying a guitar, it doesn’t matter about the name on the neck, but the quality of the work all around, and how this affects tone and sound.
When it comes to acoustic guitars, Gibson is known for their well rounded tone. It isn’t bass or treble heavy, just clear and mellow. Whether it’s a J45, their bread and butter acoustic, or one of the country models, they’re known for being well rounded, versatile guitars. You may want a very particular sound but to be honest, a Gibson sounds good in any situation! Blues, acoustic folk, country, or straight ahead rock is always happy to be played on a Gibson. Physically they’re noted for their wider necks and for traditionally coming in different bursts and patterns. The Hummingbird model has a beautiful hummingbird on it, but for many people the classic Gibson acoustic is a J45 with a dark burst! BEAUTIFUL!
When it comes to their electrics they are famous too, and for good reason. Gibson has made many technological advancements in sound and to this day they have some of the finest around. The Les Paul’s are the most famous for their sleek, sexy look and sound. Sonically, they might be described as having a powerhouse of crisp distortion, perfect rock and blues and any driving electric music really. Think Led Zeppelin. Somehow, they’re able to sound sharp but very clear, clean and grungy, mellow and rugged. It’s a complicated sound, and really the best way to wrap your head around it is to listen. Their hollow bodies have been used in jazz from an early time and also can be described as mellow and clean. The notes are bold and very warm. It’s hard to stress it in words, but all you really have to do is play a C major for it to sound good.
Whatever kind of sound you want, when you buy a Gibson you can be assured you’ll get a quality instrument made by experts with carefully selected wood and design. Many guitars may look alike to the untrained eye, but a Gibson has distinct aesthetic features that make it stand out to those who know, and most importantly, the sound that can be recognized anywhere. Make sure that you know what you’re looking for when you buy a guitar—never just buy an instrument, or anything else, because it comes from a respected maker, but in many cases, the ideal guitar really is a Gibson. Play on it first a lot too, so you know what you’re getting. Plus, it’s fun!
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