Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gibson guitar

This was a big year for the guitar manufacturer Gibson:

February 26, 2009 - A California court tossed out Gibson Guitar's patent infringement lawsuit against the maker of the game "Guitar Hero."

April 24, 2009 - Gibson, a sponsor of the Orlando GuitarTown charity event, offered a reward for the return of a 10' guitar sculpted for the event by local artist David Brotherton.

July 13, 2009 - Gibson celebrates the 72nd birthday of its 1st electric guitar, designed by general manager Guy Hart and described as "not a traditional, hollow-bodied guitar getting a boost from a pickup, but rather a guitar that makes noise only when it’s plugged in."

August 12, 2009 - American musician Les Paul, who invented the Gibson solid-body electric guitar - the "quintessential rock instrument," died at age 94.

November 17, 2009 - agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service served a search warrant on company officials at a Gibson manufacturing plant where its acoustic and electric guitars are made, possibly in reference to the possible use of banned hardwoods from the rainforest to make premium guitars.

November 20, 2009 - The Gibson Company unveiled the Les Paul Tribute 1952 guitar, which is "anchored by a golden mahogany body, [has a] maple top and rosewood fingerboard, [and is] equipped with an all-new bridge that’s an exact replica of Les’ original 1952 patent."

November 26, 2009 - A Gibson Guitar float - carrying Jimmy Fallon and his TV-band "The Roots," a 2-story-tall guitar, and a tambourine the size of a mini-van - was featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tomorrow, the year in review - Quigley's Cabinet-style...

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