Gibson temporarily closes US operations to help fight coronavirus

Portrait of an employee working with an unfinished instrument inside the Gibson guitar factory in Memphis, Tennessee, taken on September 9, 2013
(Image credit: Joby Sessions/Future)

Gibson has announced the temporary closure of its US operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nashville mayor John Cooper issued a 14-day Safer At Home Order on March 22 for the closure of all non-essential businesses. Gibson, whose operations are based in the city, aligned with the request, and also took the preventative step to temporarily close its acoustic guitar facility in Bozeman, Montana as well, despite no government order being issued there.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.