Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Carlos Santana—and who knows how many more, dreaming of stardom—have slung a Gibson guitar over their shoulders since the company was founded more than 100 years ago. But on May 1, 2018, none of them could stand between Gibson Brands, Inc. and Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Don't cue up the power ballads just yet, though: Gibson is restructuring, not shutting down, and the company says it will move forward with a renewed focus on instrument manufacturing, its core business. With luck, the brand should be around for a while. Here, a few guitar heroes who are no doubt wishing Gibson the best.