Gibson + Mesa/Boogie

American instrument brand Gibson has revealed it has acquired boutique amplifier manufacturer Mesa/Boogie, which will join the Gibson group of brands.

Mesa/Boogie was founded 51 years ago by Randy Smith, who is responsible for creating the ground-breaking circuits that drive some of the most influential sounds of our time. Mesa/Boogie will join other Gibson brands, such as Epiphone, Kramer Guitars, Steinberger and KRK.

Smith’s new role for Gibson will be as Master Designer and Pioneer of Mesa/Boogie where he will continue to develop tube technology as well building hand-crafted, high performance amplifiers, that the Mesa/Boogie brand is known for.

“At Gibson we are all about leveraging our iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, a quest that started over 100 years ago with our founder Orville Gibson,” commented President of& CEO of Gibson Brands, James Curleigh.

“Today this quest continues with the addition of Mesa Boogie into the Gibson Brands family, along with the visionary leadership of Randy Smith and his Team who, for the past 50 years, have created an iconic and innovative brand that has stood the test of time. This is a perfect partnership based on our collective professional experiences and passion for sound”.

Founder of Mesa/Boogie Randall Smith noted: “I’m 75 years-old and still at work every day. “This is my art and many of our crew have worked along my side for 30 to 40 years. As we witnessed JC and Cesar transform Gibson, we saw kindred spirits sharing common values and a fierce dedication to quality.

“Today, Gibson’s guitars are the best-ever and when they asked if we’d like to become Gibson’s Custom Shop for Amplifiers, we envisioned a perfect collaboration that would expand our outreach while preserving our legacy beyond my time. Gibson realises the unique value of what we’ve all built together and this next chapter in the Mesa/Boogie story is a continuation of that dream. I am so fortunate for this partnership with the new Gibson after 50 years of doing what I love. It’s been the ride of my life . . . and it ain’t over yet!”

Chief Merchant Officer, Gibson, Cesar Gueikian remarked: “Mesa Boogie, led by Randy, has been in service to sound without compromises since the very beginning, and that’s a perfect fit for us.”

“We are looking forward to being the best custodians of Mesa Boogie’s iconic heritage that we can be, and at the same time, be a steward of its future. We are honored that Randy and the Mesa Boogie team have trusted us to lead Mesa Boogie into the future. Together, we will continue to pursue our mutual quest of sound, quality and craftsmanship and to push the boundaries of how guitar sound is delivered and experienced.”

Left to right: Cesar Gueikian, Randall Smith and James Curleigh

The buyout means that musicians that rely on Gibson guitars and Mesa/Boogie amplification will have their sound developed under one umbrella. Such as Tool guitarist, Adam Jones.

“This is very exciting, I can’t think of a better company to carry the Mesa Boogie torch, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together,” Jones said.

“I have been using Mesa Boogie amplifiers and cabinets for a long time. I use them at home, in the studio when I record and on stage when I play live; they go across all of my needs.”

Captain Kirk Douglas, guitarist for hip-hop group The Roots also remarked: “I’ve been using Gibson guitars together with Mesa/Boogie amps onstage with the Roots for well over a decade. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of home recording with my Mesa Boogies; it’s exciting to see the two brands joining collaborative forces.”

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