NASHVILLE, TN (Friday, July 19, 2019)
In a gesture of good will for the music instrument industry,
CEO, James “JC” Curleigh
, have granted possession of the
brand and intellectual property back to its original owner and company founder, synthesizer pioneer
has owned the
brand name for several years as it sought to expand into other categories. With the renewed focus on its core business,
is rationalizing their legacy portfolio accordingly, but the
brand deserved special attention. A chance encounter at Winter NAMM turned into a quest to return the
brand name back to its original owner and founder.
“Of the many stories I have heard and decisions I have made since joining Gibson, this situation seemed simple,” says
James ‘JC’ Curleigh, President
“Let’s do the right thing by putting the Oberheim brand back in the hands of its’ namesake founder Tom Oberheim.”
The team have been working on this solution for the past few months, and recently,
had a discussion to ‘seal the deal’.
“After over thirty years of being without it, I am thrilled to once again be able to use the Oberheim trademark for my products,” said
. “I am very grateful to the new leadership team of Gibson for making this possible.”
continues to make
classic analog synthesizers
that are direct decendants of the legendary machines from the ‘70s and ‘80s that first carried his name
In the spirit of collaboration and working together to create a healthy music industry, the new team at
is excited to have
officially be able to use his trademark once again and wish him the best for the future.