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Gibson CJ-165 Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Gibson CJ-165 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar is a smaller-bodied version of the legendary SJ-200 with all the resonance of a larger guitar. The comfort...Click To Read More About This Product

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The next step in the evolution of the iconic SJ-200.

The Gibson CJ-165 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar is a smaller-bodied version of the legendary SJ-200 with all the resonance of a larger guitar. The comfortable body is perfect for players needing a smaller body profile for precise fingerstyle and flatpicking runs. It comes with a premium solid Sitka spruce top and 1930s-style, wide-scalloped X-bracing for incredible tone. The premium solid Indian rosewood back and sides deliver warm-yet-clear projection. An under-saddle pickup with active preamp makes amplification easy.

  • 15" SJ-200 body style
  • Premium Sitka spruce top
  • Premium Indian rosewood back and sides
  • 4-ply top and single-ply back binding
  • Mahogany neck with V-shape profile
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Single-ply fretboard binding
  • MOP parallelogram inlays
  • 1.725" nut width
  • Traditional Gibson ebony bridge
  • MOP dot bridge inlays
  • White bridge pins
  • Mini gold Grover tuners
  • Active preamp with under-saddle pickup
  • Abalone soundhole rosette
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound strings

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What a little beauty.

By plcmd

from NJ

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My cj 165 actually looks like it has a Brazilian Rosewood back, with mirror matching halves that get very dark in the middle and actually appear to raise the clear coat, although that is not the case. It is beautiful, and the sound, is not to be believed. Pure and clear, with nice punchy lows. The action is too high for me out of the box, and the nut is sharp (like every Gibson I ever purchased new). For a set up price though, it'll be perfect as are the others. This is one heck of an instument, that will become a family heirloom. Beautiful. And one would never know it had electronics in it, unless you looked very hard.


Gibson CJ 165 Rosewood

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Best Acoustic Ever Built! This guitar has amazing projection, superbly made, great action straight out of the box. Great for rythym & lead & slide .



By PickerMan-OSUpt

from NYC Baby!

This is a sweet guitar. I've been playing 25yrs+. Very responsive, great separation in notes. Nice bass and clear bell like high. Excellent build quailty.


Outplayed the rest

By Rob W

from Washington, DC

I played all of the Gibsons and quite a few Martins and a couple of Taylors and this one had the deep sound I really wanted. The bass was great and the projection was really good. I spent an hour playing about 15 different guitars and this was the best, especially for the price.


Top notch small guitar - sounds like a Gibson!

By Curly-KoGvM

from Amherst, NH

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This guitar arrived today and is a bit smaller than I expected, approximately OOO sized. Yes, it's the same shape as a J200. Sounds loud, full, with full bass for this sized guitar. Has the full Gibson sound. Very comfortable to play and a completely professional guitar! Killer looks.


Dead Tone

By Pickadilly

from Southeast Mo.

The Gibson CJ-165 Rosewood is Alot of money for a guitar that sounds like a $100.00 guitar hardly any ring at all, dead sounding. Does not sound good picking or strumming. Looks great and great features, very clean if you want a guitar to show off. I,ve had this guitar about a month, bad mistake,Buy the J-45...

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