The 2018 Gibson ES-355 Black Beauty is an elegant instrument that pays homage to the legendary Les Paul guitar that was first introduced in 1957. A modified Memphis Premiere Tone Circuit paired with three MHS humbucking pickups provide the incredible versatility of all seven pickup configurations. Additional tones can be shaped thanks to an out-of-phase middle position MHS humbucker, and a newly designed MHS bridge pickup with increased output. Modern appointments include a weight-relieved maple centerblock, ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, Grover “Milk Bottle” Rotomatic tuners, dark rosewood fingerboard, and a bone nut. Finished in ebony with a Gibson Custom peghead veneer, this guitar is a true beauty to behold.

Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.