Gibson produces and produced its guitars in the USA at 3 locations.
Since the acquisition of Epiphone by Gibson in 1957, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) contracts have been concluded for that brand with foreign manufacturers.

Gibson factory Kalamazoo around 1935

Gibson factory Memphis

Gibson factory Nashville

Terada factory Ama-gun

Samick factory, Incheon, Korea

Cort factory Surabaya, Indonesia


In the USA, Gibson still makes guitars at two locations. The two factories together offer work to around 900 people.

The first factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan dates from 1896. In the period from 1896 to 1917, the company moved to different addresses in Kalamazoo. The building was near the Michigan Central Railroad and was demolished at the end of the last century. Gibson produced the guitars here until 1985.

In 2000, the factory in Memphis, Tennessee, was opened for the production of semi-hollowbody electric guitars. The Gibson Retail Shop and Beale Street Showcase are also located in the same building. In 2018 the production, together with the 85 employees, was relocated to the factory in nearby Nashville.

In 1974, Gibson opened the factory in Nashville, Tennessee. The solid body electric guitars such as the Gibson Les Paul and the Gibson SG wil made here.
In 2018, the production facility transferred from Memphis was added. About 200 guitars are built by hand every day.

Full acoustic guitars such as the Gibson J series are made in Bozeman, Montana. The Bozeman factory in Gibson was opened in 1989.


After Epiphone was purchased by Gibson's parent company in 1957, Epiphone's production under license of Gibson moved to Japan in 1970.
FujiGen has three factories in Japan: in Omachi, Nagano, since 1991 the Hirooka factory in Shiojiri, Nagano and a factory in Matsumoto, Nagano where the head office is also located. From 1998 they have a full license for producing Epiphone guitars. Before that, a limited contract has been acquired with Gibson in 1992.
Terada Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. is based in Ama-gun, Aichi. In addition to building high-quality instruments themselves, they also produce for other big companies. Terada also concluded an OEM contract with Epiphone in 2002.

With Samick Guitars was signed a contract in 1983. Samick Guitars is one of the biggest manufacturers of stringed instruments in the world and produces for various major brands. Samick also has its own model line. Initially, cheaper versions of well-known models such as the Les Paul were made for Gibson. In 1984, production start for Epiphone.
(Samick also produces guitars under its own brand names. See Samick)
Cort Guitars (Cor-Tek Corporation) is a South Korean guitar manufacturing company founded in 1960 and based in Seoul. The production for Epiphone was from 1988 to the mid-1990s.
In 2002 the contract for production in Korea was terminated.
Peerless Korea Co., Ltd. is a musical instrument company with a factory in Gimhae and headquarters in Busan, South Korea. The company has been around since 1970 and has OEM contracts with various brands and from 1979 with Epiphone. Peerless also produces guitars under its own brand name.
Saein Musical Instrument Co. Ltd., founded in 1991, has its factory and headquarters in Incheon, Korea. From the end of 1992, Saein has a license to produce Epiphone guitars. Saein also builds guitars under its own brand name Shine.

Since 2001, Epiphones have been built by Daewon Musical Instrument Co. located in Dalian, China under OEM contract.
In 2004, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, Shandong, China. With a few exceptions, Epiphones are now only produced at the Qingdao plant. Epiphone models, such as the Emperor and Rivier, are built here according to high quality standards.
Muse Incorporated has its headquarters in Incheon, Korea. The factory, based in Weifang, China, builds under licensed guitars for Epiphone.
The originally Korean company has a factory in Gaomi City since 2001 and mainly produces for Epiphone.
Zaozhuang Saehan Music Co., Ltd. has its factory in Shandong, China and specializes in building acoustic guitars. From 2004 Zaozhuang makes the acoustic models for Epiphone under license.

After the contract with Samick was terminated in Korea in 2002, production continued in Cileungsi, near Bogor in Indonesia.
Cort-tek, originally a Korean company, is based in Surabaya, Indonesia. From 1995 also guitars are built for Epiphone under OEM contract.