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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa Acoustic Guitar
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A beautiful koa Songwriter edition with all sultry tones and smooth playability you could ask for.
The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard set a new benchmark for today's acoustic guitars by combining several time-honored production elements of the past with a number of modern, cutting-edge appointments. This unique edition of the Gibson Songwriter adds the warm mellifluous tone of rare koa wood. Using Gibson's popular Songwriter Deluxe Studio as its template, the Songwriter Deluxe Koa adds a new compound radius fingerboard for electric guitar-like playing action, and incorporates Gibson's renowned red spruce top bracing from the 1930's, bonded with traditional hide glue for maximum tone and volume.
Incredible tonal clarity and beautiful aesthetic touches.
The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa combines several time-honored production elements of the past with a number of modern, cutting-edge appointments. Using Gibson's popular Songwriter Deluxe Studio as its template, the Songwriter Deluxe Koa Acoustic Guitar adds a compound-radius fingerboard for electric guitar-like playing action, and incorporates Gibson's renowned red spruce top bracing from the 1930's, bonded with traditional hide glue for maximum tone and volume.
Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa Guitar. 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 gearbox 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 Songwriter Deluxe Koa Acoustic Guitar. Over the years, it has also been called a "thistle" because of its resemblance to that prickly plant, though Gibson has preferred to call it a "crown."
The pickguard on the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa is a custom line design made from Tortec. As with all of Gibson's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.
The rosette on the Songwriter Deluxe Koa Acoustic Guitar is one of Gibson's finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle, with both outer rings consisting of six-ply binding. They add a stylish, understated elegance to the Songwriter line.
Ebony Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Deluxe Standard Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's Songwriter Deluxe Koa is constructed from the highest grade ebony on earth, which is personally inspected by Gibson's team of experts. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The fingerboard inlays of the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa are an exciting design made of genuine mother of pearl, and 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 Acoustics' rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Songwriter Deluxe Koa Acoustic Guitar.
The body design of the Songwriter Deluxe Koa is described as a small dreadnought. The top is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce while the back and sides are constructed from gorgeous koa, giving the Songwriter a balanced, warm tone with clear lows and tight highs. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the key elements in Gibson's guitar-building process.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, handmade guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the acoustic guitar's sound projection. The bracing pattern inside this Gibson guitar is based on their design for the celebrated Advanced Jumbo guitars of the 1930s, consisting of a wider "X" pattern that allows the top to vibrate more freely and push the sound toward the soundhole. The result is an instrument that delivers incredible response, and a superior dynamic range with balanced, warm tones, clear lows, and solid treble registers.
- Square-shoulder dreadnought body
- AA-grade Sitka spruce top
- Hand-scalloped radiused top bracing
- Koa back and sides
- Mahogany neck
- 25-1/2" scale
- Ebony fingerboard
- "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
- Bone nut
- Mother-of-pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlay
- Abalone rosette
- Styled Tortec Pickguard
- Custom Ebony bridge
- Tusq saddle
- Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners
- Gibson hardshell case
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I wrote a review about my 2007 SWD Koa about a year ago and I wanted to update. I have played the heck out of it the past year, and the guitar is finally starting to open up and it sounds great, it has just gotten better and better. Great tight tone across all six strings
I have owned this guitar for almost a year and a half. I have the all KOA version with bookmatched KOA top. I pull it out before I reach for my 40 series Martin. Beautiful and perfect playing instrument. Wish they were affordable for everyone. A true dream guitar.
I bought a 2006 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Koa in January 2009 from MF as a blem or second, although I've yet to find a flaw. It is an absolutely beautiful guitar, plays great, intonation is great, neck is straight and easy to play. It just seemed to lack some punch, after checking out the various parts, I discovered the saddle was tusq and the pins were plastic. I quickly replaced the saddle and pins with some bone and the guitar is now everything I could ever hope for in an acoustic guitar. Heirloom quality, IMO.
I love everything there is about this guitar. I am a big gibson fan and own quit a few electrics and acoustics. I seem to pick this one up a lot. This guitar is beautiful all the way around.