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The Nashville-based guitar maker opened the Memphis facility 18 years ago, which currently occupies just a portion of a massive 127,620 square foot complex.
According to the Memphis Daily News, Gibson plans to search for a new facility for its Memphis operations and will stay in the current spot for the next 18 to 24 months.
Gibson then formed a new division, Gibson Pro Audio, which will deliver professional grade audio items, including headphones, loudspeakers and DJ equipment.
In 2013, Gibson acquired a majority stake in TEAC Corporation.
The new body design then became known as the SG (for "solid guitar"), due to disapproval from Les Paul himself.
The Les Paul returned to the Gibson catalog in 1968.
(formerly Gibson Guitar Corp.) is an American manufacturer of guitars, other musical instruments, and consumer and professional electronics now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins.
The company was formerly known as Gibson Guitar Corp. 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.
Since its opening, the Gibson Memphis shop has mostly focused on building hollow and semi-hollowbody guitars, such as the famed ES series.
It was only in the late 1960s and early 70s when the two guitars were reintroduced to the market that they sold well.
The Firebird, in the early 60s, was a reprise of the modernistic idea, though less extreme.
In the late 50s, Mc Carty knew that Gibson was seen as a traditional company and began an effort to create more modern guitars.
In 1961 the body design of the Les Paul was changed due to the demand for a double-cutaway body design.
Between 19 production of Gibson guitars was shifted from Kalamazoo to Nashville, Tennessee. New production plants were opened in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Bozeman, Montana.