Gibson Brands, Inc.

Gibson: Founded in 1894 by Orville Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan, incorporated in 1902 by five Kalamazoo businessmen; became leading maker of mandolins, banjos, archtop guitars, flat top top guitars, electric guitars and basses; acquired by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. in 1944, by ECL (renamed Norlin) in 1970, by current owners Henry Juszkiewicz and David Berryman in 1986; Gibson-branded products are made at various U.S. facilities.

Baldwin: Founded in Cincinnati by D.H. Baldwin as a music store in 1862; first vertical (upright) pianos made in 1890, first grands in 1895; became leading American piano maker; played by Liberace, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Bruce Hornsby; acquired by Gibson in Nov. 2001; pianos made in Trumann and Conway, Arkansas.

Cakewalk: Develops computer software for recording and making music. Products include award-winning digital audio workstations for PC, fully-integrated music making software and recording hardware, and innovative soft-synth virtual instruments for PC and Mac.

Cerwin-Vega!: A manufacturing company that produces professional audio components, home audio speakers, and car audio components.

Dobro®: Founded in 1928 in Los Angeles by John Dopyera and his brothers, brand name derived from DOpyera BROthers; made resonator guitars with single aluminum amplifying cone, also one of the earliest electric guitars (in 1933); merged with National in 1932 to become the National-Dobro company, then Valco in 1943; brand not used by Valco after World War II but resonator guitars made by the Dopyera brothers under various brands; brand name revived by Dopyeras in 1964; rights sold to Semie Moseley in 1966; brand name reacquired by Dopyera family, dba Original Musical Instrument Co., in 1970, based in Huntington Beach, CA; acquired by Gibson in 1993 and moved to Nashville in late 1997 as part of new Original Acoustic Instruments division; made since 2000 in Nashville.

Epiphone: Roots to instruments made in Greece as early as 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulo, who moved to New York in 1903 and made mandolins; House of Stathopoulo brand used by his sons beginning in 1917; Epiphone name (derived from oldest son Epaminondas) introduced on banjos in 1924; became Epiphone Banjo Corporation in 1928; leading maker of banjos in 1920s, then Gibson's foremost competition in guitar market of the 1930s; never recovered after death of Epi in 1943 and acquired by CMI, Gibson's parent company in 1957; new line of guitars made in Kalamazoo introduced in 1958 as "second line" available to non-Gibson dealers; production moved in 1970 to Japan, then Korea and other overseas sources (with occasional special models made in USA); currently acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric basses, mandolins, banjos and strings, plus Electar amplifiers.

Esoteric: A high-end audio video brand, focusing on components of higher value, while adding amplifiers into the product line.

Integra: A subdivision of the Japanese manufacturer Onkyo, making a complete line of electronics consisting of home theater receivers or AV receiver, CD player, DVD player and Blu-ray player. It is a well known brand for custom residential installation industry and integrates well with home automation systems major brands where the name "Integra" comes from which was meant to say integration and fusion.

Kramer: Founded in 1976, best known for electric solidbody guitars (played by Edward Van Halen); bankrupt in 1990, revived in 1995, acquired by Gibson in 1996; current line includes electrics, acoustics and gear, made overseas since 1998.

KRK Systems: KRK Systems, a US manufacturer of professional audio speakers and equipment.

Maestro: Electronic effects units in the 1960s and '70s, revived in the 1990s.

Onkyo: Onkyo Corporation is a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, specializing in home cinema and audio equipment including receivers and surround sound speakers.

Stanton: Stanton Magnetics is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for club, mobile DJs and turntablists. The company’s product range includes turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and the innovative SC System Controller products.

Steinberger: Founded by Ned Steinberger; best known for basses (introduced in 1980) with rectangular body, headless design and carbon-fiber materials; acquired by Gibson in 1996; made overseas since 1998.

TASCAM: The professional audio division of TEAC Corporation and produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders, mixers and related equipment in the pro audio industry. TASCAM has been a pioneer in home recording and post-production whose products are relied upon by home users and professionals around the world.

TEAC: The largest subsidiary of Tokyo-based TEAC Corporation, a billion-dollar global corporation and a world leader in recording technology for over five decades. From simple magnetic recording devices to sophisticated digital and optical equipment to CD and DVD Printers, TEAC has created a wide variety of innovative products for creating and enjoying music, as well as disc printing, publishing, industrial and aerospace applications.

Tobias: Founded as custom bass shop by Mike Tobias in Orlando in 1977; to various locations in California, 1980-89; acquired by Gibson 1990 and continued as a high-end bass maker; production moved to Nashville late 1992; made overseas; made in Conway, Arkansas, beginning in 2003.