Gibson Guitars

A glistening wood, deep tone, and solid body are all distinctive qualities of Gibson Guitar’s finest vintage models. The models were recently showcased at Naperville Music.

The guitars were handmade replicas of their 70s and 80s counterparts, and the show was part of Gibson’s nationwide tour. The guitars were first manufactured in the late 1800s, and the current company is based out of Tennessee.

Store owner Mike Rinkenberger said remolding classic guitars has become a popular practice in rock and roll.

“One of the big trends recently have been vintage reissues, taking a lot of the plastic instruments from the 50s and make them historically accurate as you can,” said Mike Rinkenberger, Guitar Manager at Naperville Music. “Gibson comes up from Nashville and has 30 or 40 really nice guitars.”

These guitars are nice enough for some of rock’s biggest legends. The “Gibson SG” was played by ACDC, and members of Led Zeppelin strummed the exhibits most popular model, the “Gibson Les Paul.” Of course, it would cost the everyday musician a pretty penny to own one of these guitars.

Thankfully for participants at the exhibit, you didn’t have to pay to play the instruments on display.

“You don’t usually see a local small store doing this. I grew up with them,” said Bob O’Keith a 30-year guitar player who was at the exhibit. “It is cool to have Gibson come up and play their custom stuff. I get to play guitars I don’t get to play normally.”

The younger musicians at the exhibit enjoyed playing an instrument designed long before they were born.

“The guitar I play is pretty modern, and it is nice to play something a little bit more vintage,” said Nathan Jue, a sophomore at Naperville North High School. “I like the way they are so heavy and get a thick sound with the wood.”

Even though these guitars are classic instruments played by rock legends and cost between $3,000 and $10,000, they won’t turn an average musician into a pro.

“These guitars won’t make you better man,” said Rinkenberger. “You have to practice.”


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