Gibson guitars are manufactured and assembled in the USA, and have been since the early days of the company. Nearly every guitar legend has owned or played a Gibson in their career. Well, the sound doesn't lie: The guitars that are made by Gibson are made well, and speak for themselves. Although they sound great, they are on the price heavy end of the spectrum. To get a Gibson Les Paul Standard new, you would have to scrape up over three thousand dollars for just one guitar.
On the other end of the spectrum, is a more affordable guitar, called the Epiphone. Epiphone is a Gibson company, and has the licenses to essentially copy the Gibson models, and make them more affordable. Today, the parts are made in China, and are shipped to the Gibson factory in Nashville, Tennessee to be assembled. An Epiphone Les Paul Standard is priced around four hundred USD. They not only look like their high priced cousins, but they sound like them as well. To some people, Epiphone guitars actually sound better to their ears than a Gibson.
The fact is, is that great guitars are coming out of the foreign countries today. Some artists prefer to use foreign made guitars for no other reason than the way they play and sound to their ear. USA guitar companies now mark up their guitars for no other reason than because they are made in the USA.
In the end, its really the buyer's decision to choose their instrument. If you just want a great sounding guitar, get an Epiphone. They have just about every Gibson model at a lower price. If you really want the iconic, American made Gibson, then save up your piggy bank and get it: Just know that it won't be cheap! It also comes down to where you are in your career/craft. If you're a beginner guitarist, I wouldn't recommend spending three grand on a guitar.