NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – Guitar manufacturer Gibson has granted back ownership of the legendary Oberheim synthesizer brand and intellectual property to its founder Tom Oberheim.
Founded in 1969, Oberheim Electronics was a pioneer in the manufacture of synthesizers, introducing such influential machines as the OB-8, the OB-X and the SEM. Gibson acquired the trademark in 1988, however, Oberheim has continued to develop synths independently over the past three decades, including a remake of the SEM and a range of Eurorack modules, as well as the OB-6 in collaboration with Dave Smith’s Sequential.
“Of the many stories I have heard and decisions I have made since joining Gibson, this situation seemed simple,” said Gibson president and CEO James “JC” Curleigh in a statement. “Let’s do the right thing by putting the Oberheim brand back in the hands of its’ namesake founder Tom Oberheim.”
“After over thirty years of being without it, I am thrilled to once again be able to use the Oberheim trademark for my products,” added Oberheim. “I am very grateful to the new leadership team of Gibson for making this possible.”