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Gibson SJ-200 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The Gibson SJ-200 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a hand-selected solid Sitka spruce top; tuned and scalloped bracing; flamed maple ...Click To Read More About This Product
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This handmade 1950s edition of the "King of the Flat Tops" is one of the most famous acoustics of all time.
The Gibson SJ-200 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a hand-selected solid Sitka spruce top; tuned and scalloped bracing; flamed maple back and sides; checkerboard marquetry; mother-of-pearl inlay on the headstock, fingerboard, and bridge; and engraved SJ-200 pickguard. Madagascar rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 6-ply top binding, 4-ply back binding, and bound headstock. Gold Gotoh tuners with pearloid keystone buttons. The active electronics with soundhole-mounted volume control let you plug it in while retaining the great acoustic tone. Includes deluxe Gibson hardshell guitar case.
- Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Bone nut and Tusq saddle
- "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
- Industry's finest electronics
- Premium hardshell case
- Distinctive labels
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Figured maple back and sides
- Madagascar rosewood fingerboard and bridge
- Checker board marquetry
- Engraved SJ-200 pickguard
- 6-ply top binding
- 4-ply back binding
- Bound headstock
- Gold Gotoh tuners
- Pearloid keystone buttons
- Active electronics with soundhole-mounted volume control
Reviewed by 21 customers
This guitar will make you a better player. And enjoy the journey. The sound, range and depth are beyond my limited vocabulary. Value is high when quality and cost match. If the price were half, after a few years, Gibson would have to affect the quality. This is a "10" because it is an instrument, a work of art and an investment all rolled up in one true American Original. just like elvis!
There's guitars and there are guitars. I really don't think you can find a finer instrument. I had Fishman install the same pickup by the guy that installed Pete's. Dumb luck. I have some vintage guitars that I dig. 60's Tele and SG and they are beyond! But reissues are something I generally avoid. It took me almost a year to find one. It is a work of art, maginifcent details. Don't even talk about the tone. I like heavy gauge strings on this treasure.
I was going to get a Gibson Emmylou Harris, but when I played this next to my Martin and every other high end acoustic in the shop I frequent, I had to have it. I traded in my Martin D16 GT(it sounded downright dull by comparison)and bought it on the spot. I just got it 3 days ago but so far it is by far the best acoustic guitar we have in our project studio. We have a total of 37 guitars in inventory right now and none of my other acoustics hold a candle to this one. It is a little large for a girl but thats a small inconvenience to get such rich sound, whether played acoustically or miced to an acoustic amp or PA. I Am still looking for a 12 string that sounds this good!
I bought this guitar about a year ago, and the quality is amazing. Its sound is indescribable and the action is amazing. I highly recommend it.
I got this guitar 3 weeks ago and fell in love immediately! The finest instrument I've ever and probably will ever own.
I'm a musical director / performer that demands allot of my equipment. the SJ200 is a guitar that sounds big when needed and creates a commanding presence when it is the lead instrument. At first I thought it was in a price range that I shouldn't have entered, but as I use it more and more professionally, I'm confident I made the right investment.
There are many icon guitars out there, but none better than the SJ-200. The large yet comfortable body with high quality Maple back and sides and a Premium Spruce top make for the best balance of lows, highs and mids I have ever heard in one guitar. The appointments are as vintage as the guitar's history itself. The flamey maple neck and headstock along with the rosewood fretboard make for one great looking guitar too. Plugged in it sounds better than any acoutic/electric I ever listened to.The neck profile, fretboard width and the 25.5" scale make for a very comfortable playing experience. You have heard of those guitars that almost plays themselves? Well this one is the King!The SJ-200 in my opinion is the best acoustic guitar you can buy at any price!
I first noticed the Gibson SJ 200 around two decades ago in a music store when I was just beginning to play guitar. Even then, though I doubted I could ever afford one or have justification for getting such an expensive guitar, I knew it was the finest guitar I'd ever play.Fast forward about seventeen years and I find myself playing six gigs per week and owning two good motorcycles. I sold a Suzuki Katana so I could buy a Super Jumbo and eventually found one in the natural finish six months later. I was hesitant because I liked the sunburst better, and I was also considering getting a rosewood Super Jumbo 300. I tried the pale complected natural, brand new, and I could not set it down. I have heard people use that expression before, but in this case, I could not let go of it. Tone. Feel. Sound. Ease of play. And the thing's a masterpiece to look at.I don't even look at other acoustic guitars these days. When I bought mine, I had tears in my eyes, just like the tears I had when my first child was born. It's that good.
I've been an electric player for many years and this is the most comfortable acoustic I have ever played. It almost feels like an electric. Low action. Very desirable neck, it's not fat at all. The price is up there but you get what you pay for and Gibson delivers the absolute best. If you want it and can afford it, buy it. This may be the finest acoustic I'll ever own.
THE acoustic guitar to own. They just don't get any sweeter. Played by Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Pete Townsend, need I say more?
I've wanted and waited for this guitar for many a moon. This axe is everthing I expected and then some. I know Taylor and Martin make fine instruments, but neither has ever appealed to MY taste. I thought the J180 I bought last year was good. WOW this guitar has backbone. I can't say enough about the tone and beauty of the sj200. I did lower the rating on value simply because it is an "investment".(always remember quality is not cheap.... Cheap is Cheap.)
My 1990 J200 is fussy; and Most satisfactory! Soupy in humid coastal atmosphere during (raining around the campfire); 'sparkles' and sings in higher altitudes... Cancel the whole thing; I'm responding to a "J200".
Look at how many people use this guitar. Hence the name 'historic'. It's a classic with a great sound. Anyway, I totally recommend this to anyone that can afford it. I don't know if I've played this exact version or something similar, but I know it's a great guitar. If you want to hear some rad usage of it I recommend getting "The Tracks of Tyler Hilton". He uses this type of guitar a lot and sure knows how to. Trust me, take the time to list to the tracks and boy o boy.
king of flatops! it has the legendary warm gibson "booming" sound. and its beautiful.. i have it in natural and its great. it is my favorite acoustic. it had small defects in the finish... nothing huge... it had a dent on the neck. probibly from an idiot at the guitar shop. well this is great quality, and it is handmade in the usa!
Big guitar, Big sound and Big style. As good as it gets in this price range. Shrinking violets need not apply. Bass may be too strong for some. My '06 came with Fishman Matrix factory installed. Very powerful but perfectly "uncolored" preamp. Fingerpick or rhythm, it is full, rich and sweet. Can't put it down. If you always wanted a Gibson, this is a classic and won't disappoint.
I've had this guitar for 6 months and it is the most intricate sounding guitar I have ever played. You can strum it soft, fingerpick or do fast bluegrass strumming that really blows some eardrums with its volume. The SJ200 has so many subtleties and so many ways to play it you never get bored! By the way, its bass sound is enormous and amazing that balances out better than any guitar I have heard.The only thing you don't get is sustain because of the maple back but without the maple you don't get the brighter tone when you want it to come out.
After recently purchasing the Epiphone J200 as well as waiting many a year for this. I finally broke down and got it. Gorgeous is all I can describe it to be. Craftsmanship is what it's about when it comes to these guitars and that exactly what I recieved. Well worth the wait. Comparing to the Epiphone, well there is no comparison. They each have their own attributes.They do not sound the same obviously, nor are they made the same. The Epi is brighter in sound while the Gibson is more balanced and warmer feeling. The action on both, I would say in my honest opinion is pretty damn close if not the same. They each have their own characteristics but that goes without saying as you get what you pay for in this world we live in. I love them both for what each has to offer but I am surely glad that I finally bought the Gibson. You just can't beat it.
I've been meaning to get around to laying a few words down here in praise of this awesome instrument. Since I did my homework and read alot of boards at different places about the SJ200 I thought I'd give you all something back...It's AWESOME!!! I've been playing guitar for 30 years,20 strictly acoustic and 10 on the electric bass. Now I'm back to my roots and decided to finally do it right. The bass is just booming on this thing. There's such a sweet tone to it that will let you finger pick with such crisp notes and talk about strummy. BIG and FULL. I'm just loving my pickin' now too that I've had it set up. Play's like butter in july. Sweet. I can't put it down. Played for 6 hours last night and got 2 in already this evening. Later
Really what can you say. You wait a life time to buy the guitars you dream about. I've own this sweetness for 3 years now. At home my big sunburst girl hippy gets played more often than any other of my acoustics, (this includes vintage Country Westerns, and my Doves in Flight), and it ends up on my recordings more often than the rest too. It doesn't make it out to play off site, as regularly as my Sheryl Signature, but that is because it is so highly treasured. When it first arrived here in Denver, it didn't respond to the altitude, and lack of humidity very well. It had a slight buzz at the Octive, but after having my luthier set it up correctly, she is clean and clear. Bassy, but balanced, it will never have the high end clarity of a Martin D28, but the D28 will never match the mids or low end punch of the SJ. The only thing I wish is that I could have taken the next step and bought the Elite, but then it would just be a matter of better looks, as sound and playability could not be improved.
My grandfather has been playing guitar since before my mother was born and he knows his guitars. So of course he bought this Gibson. The guitar is great. It has a great sound, the necks a little big though, but thats no problem. Even though its expensive its well worth the money spent.