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Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Vintage Sunburst 

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From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson's J-200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today-nearly 71 years later-the leg...Read More


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A classic with top-of-the-line technology.

From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson's J-200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today-nearly 71 years later-the legacy of Gibson's "King of the Flat-tops" lives on in the Gibson J-200 Standard acoustic-electric guitar. Upon its introduction in the late 1930s, the J-200 (also referred to as the SJ-200) immediately filled a need for a deeper, more balanced and powerful sound. It gave purveyors of the new American music scene of the 1930s a reliable, well-built instrument, capable of projecting the sound of the guitar well beyond that of any other acoustic on the market-a fact that still holds true today. It is simply the world's most famous acoustic guitar, and certainly one of most popular, as evidenced by the list of players that have made it their primary acoustic instrument, among them Ray Whitley, Emmylou Harris, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Gram Parsons and Pete Townshend. Includes case.

Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the J-200 Standard. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.

Crown Peghead Logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today's J-200 Standard. Over the years, it has also been called a "thistle" because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a "crown."

The tortoise pickguard for the J-200 Standard is Gibson's standard Super Jumbo shape, hand-engraved with the J-200's traditional floral and vine design, surrounded by a cream-colored border with yellow and orange dots.

A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the J-200 Standard is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the J-200 Standard.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Graduated Crown Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's J-200 Standard is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J-200's graduated crown inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge-instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic's rolled edge is slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the J-200 Standard.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J-200 Standard is made from beautiful AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Eastern curly maple, giving the J-200 Standard a bright and crisp tone, and all the clarity and presence expected from a Gibson Super Jumbo. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with "the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities," and today's guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Fishman Ellipse Aura Electronics Package
Gibson's J-200 Standard comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Ellipse Aura electronics package, which combines Fishman's most sophisticated onboard preamp design with the power of the popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. The result is acoustic sound that is exceptionally accurate and true to life. Already loaded onto the system are four images that best match the instrument's natural tonal characteristics. You can make adjustments to any of them using the system's Pickup/Image Blend or Volume controls, or use the switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequencies for tone shaping. You can also control feedback with the Phase switch and automatic Anti-Feedback device control. The pickup's ergonomic soundhole-mounted design puts slider controls at your fingertips so you can maintain a natural playing position at all times. The Fishman Ellipse Aura is used by such noted musicians as Brad Paisley, Pete Townshend and Travis Tritt.

Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument's sound projection. The lightweight bracing pattern inside the J-200 Standard-the same pattern used in Gibson's first Super Jumbo in 1937-is constructed to support and strengthen a very large surface, thus allowing the top more freedom of movement to vibrate and project sound. The placement of the braces inside the J-200 also creates powerful, deep lows with full frequency range, producing the incredibly balanced, huge sound Gibson's Super Jumbos are so noted for.

  • AAA-grade Sitka spruce top
  • AAA-grade Eastern curly maple back and sides
  • Hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges and graduated crown inlays
  • Fishman Ellipse Aura Electronics Package
  • Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • Includes case

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GibsonJ-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Not what I expected.

By Lonny

from WI

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    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Nice to look at from a distance.

    Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is not what I would expect from Gibson, but, I see differently now. There is no customer support from Gibson. NONE. I see the defect in my guitar in almost all other Gibsons I look at now. Because of the Bridge problems, I have tuning issues. It does not play evenly up the neck. It appears lots of people knew this, but, I was never told, lest to down talk a Legend Guitar like a Gibson. ( I'm talking about the Montana Acoustics). Look at the pictures of these guitars closely around the bridge area, you'll see the bridge pins all at different angles. It comes with a very cheap case.


    Better than I imagined it would be!!

    By Walleye

    from North East Mississippi

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer


    • Big Sound
    • Good Feel
    • Looks Great
    • Rich Sound


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I purchased an open box J200 after talking with Derek (Musicians Friend) and receiving pictures of the blemishes. I have trouble finding them. I also read a review posted 7/26/16 about another open box purchase and it helped me pull the trigger. I can't believe I now own such a wonderful guitar. The looks are absolutely awesome and besides being very playable, it sounds even better. The Natural finish with the flamed curly maple looks much better in person than in pictures. I jam weekly with a group of 10 and we are all mic'd and plugged in. I found in order to blend in, I had to unplug. I've worked with the electronics system at home and they really sounds good too. I couldn't have gotten luckier than purchasing the open box guitar, but I won't be doing it again because this is my last ever guitar... (pretty sure).


      Really pleased!

      By dwintx

      from tx

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer


      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune


        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I wanted to buy a J-200 from the first time I played one. When MF offered one through an open box sale, I decided to investigate. The rep I worked with (Tom) sent pictures and worked with me above and beyond the call of duty. I decided to pull the trigger and am happy I did. The "blemishes" are almost impossible to find (I can do it only in direct sunlight and one I can find only about 50% of the time). The instrument arrived in one day and was almost perfect right out of the box. Would I buy open box again? You bet!

        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)



        By godot

        from Alliance Ohio

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        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        In my 30 years of guitar playing guitars don't come much better than this. Sure, I've heard the "iffy" things about Gibson, too. Forget about it.... I can assure you this model will meet your every expectation. I pride myself in being overly-critical and nearly impossible to please. The bottom line: This guitar makes me happy....

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


        Amazing - The way a guitar should be.

        By Colton Kayser

        from NJ all day.

        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have the great fortune of owning one of these guitars, and I have to say they are incredible instruments. The craftmanship Gibson put into these guitars is astounding. The curly maple is absolutely beautiful, the inlays are gorgous, and the pickguard looks so cool. They are a work of art visually, but you have to hear and play one to fully appreciate their greatness. The sound these guitars put out is so full and rich that it still gives me goose bumps everytime I play mine. The price is steep, but this is the best of the best. I suggest playing one before you buy to see if it speaks to you as deeply, but man, these guitars are the way guitars should be. This is a player's instrument, and I'll play mine for the rest of my life.

        (17 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


        Mojo for Sale?

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is the Holy Grail.Period.Keep in mind that this is a players guitar.If your a hobbiest or a part time player look elswhere,your bound to be dissapointed in this guitar.If you are a serious player and/or make your living with your instruments,this is the guitar.Each one has it's own soul,for real,It's almost mistical.Huge,well rounded,balanced tone,unavailable with any other guitar.The only negatives I could say would be that most will need a trip to the luthier for a set up,out of the box,and also (at least with mine),the plastic electronics can rattle a bit with certain notes.This is a real drag,but That's why a lot of purists won't put any electronics in a good acoustic I spose.These are minor issue's though and I still give it five full stars.The craftsmenship,tonal quality,playabilty,and most of all,the inspiring qualitys built into this guitar,make it stand miles above the rest.Not to mention it's made by American Craftsmen.I can't put mine down.

        (14 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


        The only acoustic to have

        By Dusty Baker

        from Texas

        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I started out playing electrics and because of that i have hated playing acoustics because they sound horrible, they play horrible and they just felt bad. And in comparison to the many other acoustics i have played like Martin, Taylor, and even some new Solitair's that claim to be 100 times better than anything else this guitar wins hands down. Put aside the better craftsmanship and how great it looks and it playes like an electric with a low action without buzzing. The electronics are fantastic and can be ajusted for studio use or live, not to mention that they are hidden inside rather than having a big chunk of plastic on the shoulder. If you are playing for a living and buy somthing else, Your just burning money.

        (17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


        Great Guitar!

        By Stephy

        from Canada

        Comments about Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Quite pricey, but worth it. It has a big, boomy, warm bass sound that just fills a room and a pickup that carries it naturally to the stage.The detailing is also nice. Fine little curves, hand-painted sunburst... I fell in love with the first strum.

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