Luthier Orville Gibson founded the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. Ltd. in Kalamazoo, MI in 1902. Its original aim was to make mandolins and mandolin-family instruments. Over the last 100-plus years, Gibson Brands, Inc. as it is now known has evolved into the world’s premier manufacturer of semi-hollow and hollow body electric guitars, as well as a celebrated innovator of solid-body and acoustic models.
Gibson Custom Shop is our second home and when we’re not playing with the PLEK machine we’re designing custom and one-off wonders with you in mind, like beautiful Les Pauls with hand-selected and -framed tops, perfectly replicated vintage gems, and new visions all our own.
Our CME exclusive Standards feature custom colorways never before seen on an SG, or any Gibson for that matter. Mixed specially for us, these colors are the result of a tireless back-and-forth to perfect the unique palette of awesomeness we now present to you. To complement these unusual finishes we’ve added small block inlays and a special tortoiseshell pickguard, also unique to our CME exclusives. But what’s most impressive about our custom run of SG Standards is not the pickguard, or the finish. In fact, it sits right on top of it.
CME is proud to offer the first-ever replication of the T-Top humbucker, a legendary and underappreciated component of many SGs produced from 1968 through 1980, billed here as the “T-Type.”
“Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.” So wrote Montana author Jim Harrison, perhaps about the master luthiers of Gibson Montana, which produces all of Gibson’s storied, industry-defining acoustic guitars, including some you can only get here like the Limited J-200 Parlor Custom.
If Beale Street could talk, it might tell you about Gibson Memphis. Producing all of Gibson’s semi-hollow and hollow body guitars, Gibson Memphis and their classy, versatile, and distinctive ES models are the heart of the blues and our floor-to-ceiling ES wall is a reflection of the immeasurable impact they’ve had on 20th-century music.