More balanced pickups plus hot–rod wiring for coil splitting and onboard Boost update this ’70s icon for the 21st Century. The 2015 Mini Humbucker has an Alnico V magnet and extra turns on each coil for more punch and clarity when split

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.