“The latest discovery is unbelievable”: Gibson recovers entire lost archive of pre-’70s guitar amp and effects pedal blueprints – after finding them on eBay

Gibson's 'lost' guitar and effects archive – featuring schematics and blueprints for all Gibson brand amps and pedals 1936 to 1969
(Image credit: Mat Koehler / Instagram)

Gibson has reportedly recovered a huge haul of blueprints, schematics and original manuals for guitar amps and effects pedals produced by the firm and its sub-brands prior to 1970, having located them for sale on eBay.

The brand’s VP of Product, Mat Koehler, told the tale of how the materials – thought lost – had come back into the firm’s possession. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.