Gibson have always been primarily a fine guitar company (see Gibson guitars and Gibson Bass); many of their other products are often overlooked. But Gibson have produced guitar amplifiers for a very long time, with some models (especially the older valve amplifiers) have a particularly good reputation: Gibson guitar amps work great in the studio! Amps like the 1960s GA-5 Skylark or GA19RVT Falcon actually sold quite well, and are still relatively easy to find today.
In the mid 1960s a number of solid-state amps became available, starting with the GSS100 (Gibson Solid State), but despite significant marketing these were seen as a poor replacement to the older valve models. In the late 1970s (Norlin period), and with Moogs involvement, a new breed of solid state amplifiers were tried; the Lab series, but despite endorsements from the likes of BB King and significant advertising, again these were unable to compete with the likes of Ampeg, Fender, Marshall and Peavey.
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