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Most guitar aficionados and Kalamazoo residents know the Gibson Guitar Co. was named after its founder, Orville H. Gibson. But while the legacy of the man is clear, much of Gibson’s life remains a mystery. Why did the native of upstate New York move to Kalamazoo as a 17-year-old? Were his renowned skills as a luthier self-taught? Why did he have so little involvement with the company that took his name?

These are questions Thomas Dietz, a former curator for the Kalamazoo Valley Museum who has given numerous oral history lessons on Gibson, said there may never be definitive answers to…

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