For release Wednesday, Jan 14th 2004

Gibson's Alan Bibey mandolin has hip look, old sound

Gibson's Original Acoustic Instruments division joins forces with one of today's most influential contemporary bluegrass mandolinists to create the Alan Bibey Signature model. The instrument is based on Gibson's famous F-5 scroll-body design, but with many unique features.

"Ever since the first time I saw Bill Monroe play when I was five years old, I've wanted to play not only a mandolin, but a Gibson mandolin," said Bibey. "I'm thrilled and feel fortunate to now be a part of the Gibson family. My signature model is really a very hip-looking mandolin with the old sound. I love it and I've been playing a Loar for most of the last five years."

Bibey wanted the mandolin to have the classic looks and sound of a Loar, but with tortoiseshell binding and antique 'burst finish. Other special appointments include the old-style flowerpot headstock inlay, hand-engraved gold-plate hardware and a stained, unfinished neck, "so it feels wonderful in any kind of weather." Bibey specified a scalloped neck extension so the mandolin is player-friendly, even for those players who have a tendency to hit the extension with the pick. The ebony fingerboard has the classic dot inlay. The mandolin comes with a rectangular hardshell case. MSRP: $8,430.

"I expected it to be really good, but they exceeded my expectations," Bibey said. "The sound is still that awesome Gibson sound that has been brought back by the crew there at the Original Acoustic Instruments division."

Alan Bibey was a founding member of the New Quicksilver bluegrass band, and his career has included stints with IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid and Carolina, and Blue Ridge. His debut solo album, In the Blue Room for Sugar Hills Records, garnered critical acclaim and brought him to further prominence.

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson's digital guitar, introduced in 2002, represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Trace Elliot, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at

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Ordering Info: Gibson, 800-4GIBSON;

Walter Carter, Gibson Guitar Corp., 615 871 4500,
Michelle Nikolai, Gibson Guitar Corp., 615 871 4500, ext. 2267,