MATRIXSYNTH: Tom Oberheim Get's the Oberheim Trademark & Brand Back

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tom Oberheim Get's the Oberheim Trademark & Brand Back

Word is out that Gibson has returned the Oberheim Trademark & brand back to Tom Oberheim in a gesture of good will. How cool is that?!

Pictured: Tom Oberheim (right) and Dave Smith. Image: Jesse Grant / Getty Images for NAMM via

I thought this image appropriate. :) Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith of course worked together on the Sequential OB-6 and are close friends. One of Sequential's top synth designer's formerly worked on classics like the OB-Xa for the original Oberheim.

“Of the many stories I have heard and decisions I have made since joining Gibson, this situation seemed simple,” says James ‘JC’ Curleigh, president and CEO of Gibson, in a statement. “Let’s do the right thing by putting the Oberheim brand back in the hands of its namesake founder Tom Oberheim.”

According to Gibson, the seeds for this development were planted in Winter NAMM 2019, when a chance encounter between Curleigh and Oberheim took place. “After over 30 years of being without it, I am thrilled to once again be able to use the Oberheim trademark for my products,” said Oberheim. “I am very grateful to the new leadership team of Gibson for making this possible.”

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