Best Gibson guitars: Our pick of the guitars that embody Gibson’s quality, prestige and innovation

Gibson ES-335, Les Paul and Les Paul Jr against a wall
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Gibson is a towering force in the guitar world. Having been responsible for some of the most iconic and legendary guitars ever produced, this all-American company has had a monumental impact on music as a whole. From the seductive beauty of the Les Paul to the gravitas of the ES-335, the best Gibson guitars have wormed their way into the hearts of countless famous players – and if you want to replicate their celebrated tones, you're going to need one of your own. 

Along with their Californian rivals, Fender, many thank Gibson for ushering in the golden age of electric guitars with timeless designs that beautifully blend form with function. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.