December 14, 2006 |
Gibson Guitar Corp. will acquire China's state-owned Dongbei Piano Co. in a move aimed at boosting its brand and sales in the world's fourth-largest economy, industry sources said. Nashville-based Gibson, famous for its branded guitars, which have been popular for decades among global artists such as the Beatles' John Lennon and Irish band U2, will acquire all of state-owned Dongbei Piano in northern China, sources involved in the deal said.
March 13, 2008 |
Gibson Guitar Corp., which once harmoniously licensed its name to the blockbuster "Guitar Hero" video games, is strumming a different tune. Nashville-based Gibson claims that Activision Inc.'s "Guitar Hero" violates a 10-year-old patent Gibson owns for a virtual reality music system. Activision says that isn't the case and in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles asked a federal judge to settle the matter. "We believe their claims will not withstand any objective scrutiny," George Rose, Santa Monica-based Activision's general counsel, said in a statement.
January 24, 2012 |
Veteran guitar repairman Bob Wirtz faced a wall of pricey custom-built electric guitars, and he had the ear of Gibson Guitar Corp.'s resident expert on the instruments. But what Wirtz wanted to talk about was international law. Like many who attended the National Assn. of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim last weekend, Wirtz was tapping into a discordant tone among the makers, purveyors and purchasers of guitars that often are made from exotic woods protected by the federal Lacey Act. A raid on Gibson's Nashville factory last summer, the second at company workshops in as many years, vaulted the once obscure law into the national spotlight when Chief Executive Henry E. Juszkiewicz accused the federal government of "bullying" and "persecution.
May 7, 2004 |
As Gibson Guitar Corp. launches a new digital model, company head Henry Juszkiewicz can close his eyes and almost hear the music. "The defining moment will be when a certain lick in a popular song is out there, and it can't be done with anything else but a digital guitar," Juszkiewicz says. "It only takes one example to really inspire people."
April 25, 2013 |
First they put a lid on it, and now they're pulling the plug. Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre, a fixture on the Southern California live music scene for more than 40 years, will close in September and be demolished to make room for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios theme park, officials announced Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Universal Studios Hollywood won approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to begin construction on its planned $1.6-billion expansion of the theme park.
December 4, 2007 |
Robotics technology developed by German company Tronical Gmbh in partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp. enables Gibson's newest Les Paul model to tune itself in about two seconds. For users who purchase the add-on technology, the guitar recognizes pitch. Then its processor directs motors on its six tuning pegs to tighten or loosen the strings accordingly. The Gibson Les Paul guitar model with Blue Silverburst finish goes on sale globally Friday.