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1 ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT CES 2014 CP-1

2 Press Contact: Elizabeth Caminiti Vice President of Global Public Relations, Gibson Brands Mobile:

3 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA– January 7, 2014 –Gibson Brands (www.gibson.com), the leading global music and sound company, today announced plans to accelerate growth within its Consumer Electronics portfolio in 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (CP1/Central Plaza). Celebrating 120 years of tradition and innovation this year, Gibson Brands is now one of the fastest-growing global Consumer Electronics companies in the world and is poised for aggressive continued development in this sector.www.gibson.com From humble beginnings in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1894, Gibson Brands has now grown in to a global powerhouse in the music and sound industries encompassing a portfolio of 23 brands including Gibson, Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega!, Stanton, Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, TASCAM Professional Software, and Esoteric. Throughout its growth and recent acquisitions, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship. Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands said, “Over the past 120 years Gibson Brands has continued to honor the legacy and spirit of innovation of our founder, Orville Gibson. As we continue to revolutionize our industry and through our ever-expanding portfolio of brands, our number one focus continues to be on our customer.” Juszkiewicz added, “The Consumer Electronics industry represents a tremendous opportunity for Gibson and we will focus on creating exceptional audio experiences for our customers, a much-overlooked segment of the Consumer Electronics industry. Our customers’ quality of life and their quality of music deserve better than what is being currently offered. Gibson Brands will be placing major emphasis on this segment of our business in the coming years and our goal will be to provide the most exceptional consumer audio products and experiences in the world.” GIBSON BRANDS CELEBRATES 120 YEARS OF INNOVATION AT 2014 INTERNATIONAL CES Gibson Brands Poised for Major Growth within Consumer Electronics Portfolio

4 At the CES Gibson Brands tent (CP1/Central Plaza), Gibson will introduce a host of exciting and innovative new products from each of its brands, including the latest models from its iconic Gibson USA line, with its 2014 guitar models boasting special features to celebrate the 120 th anniversary of Gibson Brands. Min-ETune, Gibson’s revolutionary electronic self-tuning guitar feature, will now be a standard feature on all of Gibson’s flagship 2014 Les Paul Standard models and 2014 SG Standard models. Approximately 40 percent of all of Gibson USA guitar models will now come standard with the Min-ETune feature. Also being introduced will be Gibson’s 2014 ‘Double Diamond’ series guitar, handcrafted with intricate designs featuring one carat weight of diamonds each and hand-painted with art deco pin-striping and 24-carat gold plating and hardwire. Also debuting from Gibson Brands at CES is a groundbreaking new product from Onkyo, the Trainer® Wireless Bluetooth Headphones ES-BT1. Perfect for anyone looking to kick-off a New Year’s fitness resolution, Trainer® has been designed specifically with the fitness-loving music fan in mind. Combining Onkyo’s 65 years of Hi-Fi know-how with clean, modern functionality, Trainer® is designed to sit on the ear so you can hear enough outside sound to stay safe on your morning run. Large 40 mm (1 9/16 ̋) drivers, custom Digital Signal Processing, and high-quality Bluetooth Version EDR connection technology delivers stellar stereo sound with composed treble, clean mid-range, and punchy bass. Breathable fabric grips your ears firmly but comfortably, wicking sweat away and keeping you cool. The headphones feature concealed, easy-to-use playback and call controls, a built-in microphone, and are compatible with a wide range of smartphones. Trainer® is available in three stylish color combinations for $99. Gibson Pro Audio will also be showcasing a concept of an exciting new speaker, a must-have for any Les Paul lover, the Gibson Les Paul monitor. Featuring DLC (diamond like carbon) coated titanium tweeters, non-woven carbon fiber cone woofers and a proprietary Class D amplifier this new monitor’s projected availability is

5 Fall KRK is presenting its ROKIT Generation 3 Studio Monitor Series (ROKIT G3), which features multiple innovations that elevate KRK’s already legendary performance and further refines the company’s design philosophy to deliver transparent, balanced spectral response, with ultra-low distortion and superior imaging. In addition, Cakewalk, acquired by Gibson in 2014 and the newest addition to the Gibson family of brands, will be showcasing the newest enhancements from its line of flagship professional recording products that continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide. In celebration of 120 years of innovation, in addition to showcasing all of its newest products, Gibson Brands will be re-creating “Orville Gibson’s workshop” in the Gibson booth at CES. The museum-quality exhibit will feature never been shown before priceless artifacts and historical instruments from Gibson’s vault including an 1894 Orville Gibson 10-string guitar, 1902 big red harp guitar, 1890’s butterfly guitar, 1946 Wurlitzer 1015 and the worlds first drum machine. Stop by the Gibson Brands tent (CP1/Central Plaza) celebrate 120 years of history, innovation and music magic. # # # About Gibson Brands (gibson.com) Gibson Brands, one the fastest-growing companies in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, TN. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, and consumer and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences by offering exceptional products with world- recognized brands. Gibson has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the number one guitar brand, Gibson. Other brands include: Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Audio brands include: KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega!, Stanton, Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, TASCAM Professional Software, and Esoteric. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life of our customers.

6 Ultimate Headphones for the Athletic Lifestyle Finally, an awesome-sounding, ultra-lightweight wireless headphone that fits snug and won’t slip when you’re exercising. Combining Onkyo’s 65 years of hi-fi know-how with clean, modern functionality, the ES-BT1 TRAINER™ is designed to sit on the ear so you can hear enough outside sound to stay safe on your morning run. Large 40 mm (1 9/16˝) drivers, custom Digital Signal Processing, and high-quality Bluetooth Version EDR connection technology delivers stellar stereo sound with composed treble, clean mid-range, and really punchy bass. Breathable fabric grips your ears firmly but comfortably, wicking sweat away and keeping you cool as you work out. The headphones feature concealed, easy-to-use playback and phone call controls, an inbuilt mic, and are compatible with a wide range of smartphones. You can enjoy eight hours playback or talk time with snappy three-hour recharging via the supplied Micro USB cable. Available in three stylish color combinations, the superb ES-BT1 wireless headphones are simply the best for enjoying music while staying in shape.

7 Gibson’s guitars for the 2014 New Model Year represent not only new thinking, but exceptional value. Numerous significant improvements, from cryogenically-treated frets to dazzling new colors and finishes, make these the perfect guitars to celebrate Gibson’s 120 th anniversary.

8 Henry Juszkiewicz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gibson Brands BIOGRAPHY Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., grew up in Rochester, NY. With a passion for music and superior academic skills, he enrolled at the General Motors Institute in Flint, MI, a five year co-op engineering college. Sponsored by GM's Delco division, he gained experience in a variety of different jobs at Delco's 6,000-employee electronic components plant in Rochester. Putting his musical skills to work, he worked his way through school playing guitar - a Gibson, of course - in various rock bands playing for parties and weddings. After graduating with honors, he worked at Delco Products for two years as product manager while studying for an MBA in night school at the University of Rochester. He completed his MBA at Harvard University on a General Motors Fellowship. Juszkiewicz then joined the New York firm of Neiderhoffer, Cross and Zeckhauser, Inc., a pioneer in the area of middle-market deals, where he rose to the position of executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions. He left the firm in 1981 and, with two former Harvard classmates (David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski), acquired Phi Technologies of Oklahoma City. Within one month he turned the struggling technology firm into a highly profitable company. In 1986, Juszkiewicz and his partners acquired the faltering Gibson guitar operation from the Norlin corporation. Juszkiewicz's aggressive management style again effected an immediate turnaround, and Gibson became profitable within a month's time. With creative and innovative marketing tactics he concentrated on the consumer rather than the retailer - a reflection of his personal experience as a guitar player. Refocusing the company on achieving the highest possible standards of quality and customer service, he drove Gibson from the brink of closing to a company that has regained worldwide respect with annual average growth of 20 percent over the last decade.

9 Henry Juszkiewicz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gibson Brands BIOGRAPHY Juszkiewicz is a committed supporter of The Rainforest Alliance and conservation. A member of the Society of International Business Fellows and others, Juszkiewicz continues his commitment to a better world through his active participation in organizations such as Nordoff-Robbins, which provides music therapy for severely handicapped children, to the T.J. Martell Fund for Leukemia Research, The Environmental Defense Fund, Teenage Cancer Trust and leads numerous philanthropic endeavors under the Gibson Foundation banner. He is a board member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a board member of the Rainforest Alliance and a board member of the We Are Family Foundation. He is a co-founder of Music Rising, a campaign to help aid musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Coast and is active in the Clinton Global Initiative and numerous environmental causes. He is the recipient of numerous awards, honors and extensive media coverage. Juszkiewicz began fulfilling his vision of Gibson as a full-line, global musical instrument company by acquiring other instrument companies, establishing a Gibson-owned European distribution center with joint-venture distributors, and acquiring manufacturing facilities in China. He dedicated a standalone division to R&D, resulting in the introduction of the worlds first digital guitar, the HD.6X Pro and most recently, the Gibson Robot Guitar, both which represent the biggest advance in guitar technology since the invention of the electric guitar over 70 years ago. He continues to expand the company worldwide with new consumer electronics accessories, the acquisition of the Wurlitzer Jukebox company and several other facilities in China. Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Henry Juszkiewicz resides with his wife and children in Nashville.

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