FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Master Musician and Luthier, David Harvey Joins Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Nashville, Tenn....April 14, 2008...Gibson Guitar, the world's premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology announced that David Harvey, master musician and producer has joined the Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments Division (GOAI) as master luthier. David is a highly accomplished musician and expert luthier whose work in preserving great instruments of the past with fine workmanship is considered a legacy in the industry.

David Harvey grew up in a musical family, mentored by his father mandolin great, Dorsey Harvey. His interest in mandolin construction, repair and restoration began as a direct result of his father's obsession with the intonation challenges on his 1953 Gibson F-5. Years later Harvey spent a great deal of time with master luthier John Ramsey in Colorado Springs, CO. While in Colorado David also built mountain dulcimers. He honed his skills in all facets of instrument construction and production repairs. After his time in Colorado, David took on an official apprenticeship with a violin builder and eventually opened and managed About Music located in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work there earned him warranty repair and restoration status with all major stringed instrument manufacturers.

After a move to Nashville in 1995 where he took a position at National Guitar Repair, his extraordinary reputation continued to earn accolades throughout the industry. His expertise in repair and setup made him highly esteemed among Nashville's "A-List" musicians. His clientele includes or has included Chris Thile, Bobby Osborne, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Buck White, Alan Bibey, Roland White, Hershel Sizemore, Ronnie McCoury, Stuart Duncan, Aubrey Haynie, Mark O'Connor, Alison Krauss, Glen Duncan and many more.

Harvey is also the creator and manufacturer of David's Jubilee Polish, an instrument polish. He has produced the highly acclaimed and IBMA nominated "Moody Bluegrass - A Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues" for Rounder Records. David's musical career has taken him to the stage and studio with such names as Red Allen, Larry Sparks, Wild & Blue, Larry Cordle, Harley Allen and the fabulous Claire Lynch.

In David's new role he will oversee the mandolin production and be an active participation in all quality control matters. David will also conduct clinics and dealer events throughout the country and will play an integral role in the presence of Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments in the Bluegrass community worldwide.

About Gibson Brands:

Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands.

Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips' Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 format. Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship.

A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world.

All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.

Contacts:

Maureen O’Connor/Eileen Thompson-Ray/Joe Schneider
Rogers & Cowan
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