Real pickers put Gibson Guitar on a pedestal. While the company trails top guitar maker Fender, Gibson builds instruments that are held in unparalleled esteem by many guitarists, including professional musicians. The company's most popular guitar is the legendary Les Paul. Gibson also makes guitars under brands Epiphone, Kramer, and Steinberger. In addition to guitars, the company makes pianos through its Baldwin unit, Slingerland drums, Tobias bass, Cerwin-Vega! pro audio equipment, TASCAM Professional Software, and Echoplex amps, as well as accessories. Company namesake Orville Gibson began making mandolins in the late 1890s. Gibson Guitar emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2018 with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts taking majority control.