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Gibson Acoustic's master luthiers have recreated a legend.
Gibson’s J-200 Studio proudly maintains the tradition and excellence of Gibson Acoustic’s Super Jumbo line, offering a remarkable combination of features that deliver all the sweet tone, clarity and presence expected from a Super Jumbo. The simple elegance of the J-200 Studio is evident in every detail, including its premium Sitka spruce top and attractive maple back and sides, releasing a rich, full, and balanced high end and grand projection.
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the J-200 Studio. 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 the J-200 Studio. 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 pickguard for the J-200 Studio is Gibson’s standard plain tortoise Super Jumbo shape, enhanced with an engraved cream-colored border. As with all of Gibson Acoustic’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.
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 Studio 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 Studio.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Graduated Crown Inlay
The fingerboard of Gibson’s J-200 Studio 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 Studio’s graduated crown inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. 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 Studio.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J-200 Studio is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while plain maple is used for the back and sides, giving the all the deep, rich tone, 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 Studio 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 Studio —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 Studio also creates powerful, deep lows with full frequency range, producing the incredibly balanced, huge sound Gibson’s Super Jumbos are so noted for.
Gibson breathed new life into this American icon for the next generation.
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Comments about Gibson SJ-200 Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I have had many guitars in my life, and this is by far the best one. You might think that the jumbo body would be big and awkward to play, but it is more confortable to play than many guitars. And what a big sound! Thanks Gibson.
A real beauty. Nice tuners, nice inlays, beautiful craftmanship, nice electronic system, and very nice case.
Looks and feels perfect to me.
This is the scaled down version of the SJ-200s with out all the decorations and vines. I am not really into the too-decorated guitars. This one is not plain either, with the mustache bridge and nice inlays it looks very classy without being gawdy - perfect for me.
Comments about Gibson SJ-200 Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I am writing this review but I don't think M.F. will post it because they were SO good to me, I don't think they can afford to do that for everyone ("Gee, you did it for Bob, do it for me") I bought a condition 2 SJ-200. It was a nice guitar but the electronics died (quit) after about an hour. I called, asked about repair versus return, waited about 30 minutes and.......they said they would just send me a NEW one for the same price as the condition 2! They did AND they sent it 2nd day air via UPS. The new one is beautiful with the most amazing lows and highs. The lows make the guitar vibrate enough I can feel the vibration in my chest! Really cool! Lot's of easy tech support online and telephone. I got a response daily or within minutes on the phone. Great guitar! Great company! This one is a keeper! Set up perfect, intonation perfect, and lifetime warranty from Gibson. Thank you M.F.! Bob Galt, Ca.
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