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Gibson prepares to offer NFTs based on its classic guitars


The Les Paul and shapes like the Flying V would become non-fungible tokens if an offering follows.

Gibson's classic Flying V could soon be an NFT.

The iconic guitar maker has filed trademark paperwork with the US Patent and Trademark Office for six of its guitar shapes, including the Flying V and the Les Paul.

The paperwork says the trademark will cover "the categories of downloadable multimedia files containing artwork, text, audio and video relating to music and entertainment authenticated by non-fungible tokens."

The latter are NFTs — digital offerings that are investible, collectible and tradeable.

Gibson would not be the first guitar company to offer NFTs. Japanese maker ESP recently offered a series of NFTs based on its guitars, which appear to be sold out.

Other rock legends enter the NFT arena

A long list of musicians have offered NFT-related auctions over the past year, and the rock-NFT connection doesn't seem to be going away.

There's no official word yet on what Gibson will offer regarding NFTs or what it might offer with them, so you'll have to stay tuned. But two current pushes investors could look into are now linked to perhaps the two biggest rock bands ever:

  • Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is offering his first NFT as part of a charity auction that also includes a signed guitar.
  • Julian Lennon, son of the fabled Beatle, is offering a selection of Beatles memorabilia via an NFT-based auction starting later this month.

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