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Gibson 2016 Songwriter Progressive Square Shoulder Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Combining Gibson's rich history of hand-built acoustics with modern innovations, the Songwriter Progressive features acoustic improvements to complem...Click To Read More About This Product

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A handmade guitar for the modern day progressive acoustic player.

Combining Gibson's rich history of hand-built acoustics with modern innovations, the Songwriter Progressive features acoustic improvements to complement progressive styles. It includes Gibson G FORCE tuners for quick access to standard and alternate tunings which eliminates the need for multiple guitars in different tunings. Its titanium tune-o-matic saddle provides you with fast playing string action and an easy-to-adjust string height for progressive guitar techniques.

The Songwriter Progressive's slimmed down body depth allows for increased playability and comfort. It's topped off with xcellent acoustic sound reproduction provided by an award-winning L.R. Baggs Lyric pickup system, featuring a mic pickup for amplified modern percussive playing.

Other features on this upgraded version include a 2016 engraved truss rod cover, improved feel thanks to the softened fingerboard edge which makes it a more comfortable fit in the contour your hand, an enhanced finish thanks to finer grit sandpaper and polishing compounds used on its high gloss finish, and smoother hand rubbed and oiled fingerboard and bridges which will make them last longer and maximizes the wood's natural vibrancy.

Finally, the Songwriter Progressive utilizes state-of-the-art German-engineered Plek technology to create the finest playing surface possible which has also been hand finished for the finest feel and playability.

Includes hardshell case.

Body type: Square shoulder
Cutaway: Single-cutaway
Top wood: Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Rosewood
Bracing pattern: Scalloped
Body finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Round
Nut width: 1.725" (43.8mm)
Fingerboard: Richlite
Neck wood: Mahogany
Scale length: 24.75"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
Pickup/preamp: Yes
Brand: L.R. Baggs
Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
Preamp EQ: No
Feedback filter: No
Tuner: No
Headstock overlay: None
Tuning machines: Nickel Grover Rotomatics
Bridge: Richlite
Saddle & nut: Black Tusq
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: None
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Owner's manual
Country of origin: United States

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Gibson2016 Songwriter Progressive Square Shoulder Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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By Lorenzo

from PA - Grew up in Kalamazoo Mi

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  • Excellant craftmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Shallow body depth with full sound


  • No strap lugs on the neck
  • Tone through the electronics was tinny

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Studio recording

Comments about Gibson 2016 Songwriter Progressive Square Shoulder Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I played a Gibson J-45 previously. I was looking for a smaller body size to make it easier to play and write at the same time. l laso wanted a cut away body for higher fret action. The G-Force tuner was an interesting plus. the tuner works nice for studio and stage tuning in standard tuning. Using the G-Force to tune other than standard tuning is really to complex in terms of the multiple buttons you have to press in specific sequence to make the use impractical. The G-Force tuner also requires some very specific steps to restring the guitar.

I really, really like the sound. You might think with shallow body depth and body cut away that the sound may be less than a full dreadnought sound. This sound is better than the J-45 I have played for years.

The appearance and workmanship is impeccable.

There is a special insert included to store the guitar in a standard dreadnought case. This is a nice feature by Gibson, as the guitar shallow body would make it bounce around in a standard dreadnought case.

I grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan, the home of Gibson guitars. A number of my family members worked at the Gibson plant. I played Epiphone and Gibson guitars from the Kalamzoo Parson Street factory since I was a kid. This is the best Gibson I have ever played.

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