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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural Gold Hardware

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  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
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The Songwriter Deluxe boasts extraordinary tone and style!

The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio is an acoustic-electric guitar that delivers the traditional square-shouldered Gibson body style and sound with stylish flair. Gibson's luthiers have endowed the Studio Guitar with a full complement of enhancements such as double parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays on the ebony fingerboard, antique gold hardware, a sculpted pickguard, 6-ply top binding, and an abalone rosette. And the Gibson Songwriter Guitar offers superior performance with solid rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, and an L.R. Baggs Element system rounds out the whole package.

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Features

  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
  • Industry's finest electronics
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Distinctive labels

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Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Square-shoulder dreadnought body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Mahogany neck
  • L.R. Baggs Element
  • Mother of pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlay
  • Abalone rosette
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Gold tuners with kidney buttons
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GibsonSongwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 55 reviews)

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Best of the bunch

Like many other people that have given reviews. I not only compared Taylor, Martin and Gibson. I bought all three brand new and had them in my house at the same time and...Read complete review

Like many other people that have given reviews. I not only compared Taylor, Martin and Gibson. I bought all three brand new and had them in my house at the same time and compared them by playing one then picking up the other and playing. Not like in a store full of people. I sat in a quiet controled enviroment and played them back to back. All three were nice and well built and tone is subjective from person to person. But I compared Martins D28 non scalloped braces to the Gibson and Taylor 410 scalloped and chose the Songwriter. I liked the Gibson neck because the fret board width is just a little wider than the Martins and for my fingers it gives a little more room between strings for chords. The Martins width is the same as a Les Paul which would be fine if you played light gauge electric strings. The Gibson neck for me is more forgiving and I like scalloped braces so I can still get good sound response playing without a pick. I would rank them as Gibson, Martin, Taylor. You have to pay almost double what this Gibson cost to get a rosewood backed guitar from Taylor, and in my opinion the gibsons sound is much much better than Taylor. It has talking me two months to decide the one for me and it was the Songwriter. Hope this helps someone.

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Great Guitar With Some Huge Flaws

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and...Read complete review

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and bridge species at this high a price, then adding insult to injury by denying it, is just way too much for me to overlook. This instrument is priced too high for so much aggravation. The experience and poor treatment has colored my view of Gibson forever for the worse. I do think they turn out some truly fantastic instruments. But I'll never be able to trust them again with a purhase I cannot see up close, in person, when I'm buying. That is truly unfortunate.
I give this guitar a 5 rating for features for two reasons. (1) The fretboard and bridge, contrary to the specs listed by both MF and Gibson, are rosewood. I contacted both MF and Gibson about this, got no response from Gibson whatsoever and a seriously unsatisfactory response from MF -- basically, they just parroted whatever nonsensical response Gibson gave them. It was something along the lines of, "We're planning to use rosewood for the bridge and fretboard in future, but blah blah nonsense, yada, whatever." Ultimately, I was refused any kind of compensation in terms of pricing, and the only "recourse" offered was to return the guitar. And I'm assuming that if I'd done that, MF would just have put the thing back up for sale, listing ebony as the bridge and f/b material, in hope that the next idiot wouldn't notice. For the record, I also build acoustic guitars and have been playing for 37 years. I know the difference between ebony and rosewood. And when I pay this much for a guitar, I expect to get what I pay for and not a runaround from a seller I've trusted for years. Gibson's website not only specs ebony, but goes so far as to spec "the highest grade of ebony on earth" or words to that effect. Irritating.
Again, a 5 rating. This is for one reason only: The AA spruce quality used for the tops on this model. That is just nonsense for a guitar in this price range. Again, I build guitars myself. I am a rank novice, a hobbyist, and I claim no great skill. I'm just a guy who builds guitars in a spare room at home. Still, I've never used any top wood graded below AAA. On a guitar in this price range, I personally think doing so is ridiculous. I bought the guitar knowing this, and Gibson is up front about it, but it still deserves a hit for quality in my humble opinion.
It is an excellent guitar insofar as tone and playability are concerned. I have to concede that. But again, if you're talking about value, you cannot put a AA grade top on a guitar in this price tier, then slap a rosewood fingerboard and bridge on it while claiming these components are ebony and just hoping the suckers who receive rosewood won't know the difference, and claim your product is worth the price. I've purchased guitars for a fifth of the price and been absolutely thrilled with the fit, finish and value. This one left me just irritated and untrusting of the Gibson brand in every respect. The TONE on this guitar is absolutely beautiful - in that sense it is unequivocally one of the best guitars I've ever played in my life. But my overall takeaway from this purchase is that Gibson is basically a slippery operation and I'll never trust them again.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Guitar With Some Huge Flaws

By El Guapo

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and bridge species at this high a price, then adding insult to injury by denying it, is just way too much for me to overlook. This instrument is priced too high for so much aggravation. The experience and poor treatment has colored my view of Gibson forever for the worse. I do think they turn out some truly fantastic instruments. But I'll never be able to trust them again with a purhase I cannot see up close, in person, when I'm buying. That is truly unfortunate.
I give this guitar a 5 rating for features for two reasons. (1) The fretboard and bridge, contrary to the specs listed by both MF and Gibson, are rosewood. I contacted both MF and Gibson about this, got no response from Gibson whatsoever and a seriously unsatisfactory response from MF -- basically, they just parroted whatever nonsensical response Gibson gave them. It was something along the lines of, "We're planning to use rosewood for the bridge and fretboard in future, but blah blah nonsense, yada, whatever." Ultimately, I was refused any kind of compensation in terms of pricing, and the only "recourse" offered was to return the guitar. And I'm assuming that if I'd done that, MF would just have put the thing back up for sale, listing ebony as the bridge and f/b material, in hope that the next idiot wouldn't notice. For the record, I also build acoustic guitars and have been playing for 37 years. I know the difference between ebony and rosewood. And when I pay this much for a guitar, I expect to get what I pay for and not a runaround from a seller I've trusted for years. Gibson's website not only specs ebony, but goes so far as to spec "the highest grade of ebony on earth" or words to that effect. Irritating.
Again, a 5 rating. This is for one reason only: The AA spruce quality used for the tops on this model. That is just nonsense for a guitar in this price range. Again, I build guitars myself. I am a rank novice, a hobbyist, and I claim no great skill. I'm just a guy who builds guitars in a spare room at home. Still, I've never used any top wood graded below AAA. On a guitar in this price range, I personally think doing so is ridiculous. I bought the guitar knowing this, and Gibson is up front about it, but it still deserves a hit for quality in my humble opinion.
It is an excellent guitar insofar as tone and playability are concerned. I have to concede that. But again, if you're talking about value, you cannot put a AA grade top on a guitar in this price tier, then slap a rosewood fingerboard and bridge on it while claiming these components are ebony and just hoping the suckers who receive rosewood won't know the difference, and claim your product is worth the price. I've purchased guitars for a fifth of the price and been absolutely thrilled with the fit, finish and value. This one left me just irritated and untrusting of the Gibson brand in every respect. The TONE on this guitar is absolutely beautiful - in that sense it is unequivocally one of the best guitars I've ever played in my life. But my overall takeaway from this purchase is that Gibson is basically a slippery operation and I'll never trust them again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything about this guitar screams amazing

By Selly

from Nashville

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

When I first began looking for a guitar I thought I knew what I wanted. I had been raised around a Martin D-28 and when I went to the store and played martins in this price range they sounded awesome and played great too, but was also looking at Takamine guitars and Taylor and wanted to play more before I made the decision. I'm very glad I did, because none of the guitars I played really stood out to me near as much as when I picked the Songwriter up.

Immediately when I played a chord the setup had an EXTREMELY low action which made forming chords incredibly easy compared to the Breedlove I was replacing and just better enough than the other Martins and Taylors I played to make a difference. The strings were spaced out just enough to make finger picking easy and forming chords easier allowing more room to move and not hit the other strings too. The tonal quality was totally different than any of the other guitars I had played but seemed to sing out to me in a way that none of the other guitars did. I was initially looking for a bright sounding guitar you could hear all the harmonics clearly, and while I got that from most of the guitars in this price range this one has so much more mid and low range it's striking to hear in person. I really did not know what I was missing until I heard this acoustic, and it seems to be the norm for other Gibsons as well. I couldn't be happier.

One of the things that struck me when I first picked up this guitar is when a chord is played you can clearly feel it throughout the entire guitar. It isn't near enough to be annoying or anything but you can clearly tell every part of the guitar is used to produce tone vs most other guitars using mostly the top. I'm not an expert but I believe this is why the guitar has more mid and low range.

I was buying the guitar to keep for a while and sell but after 2 days I decided I will have it until I'm dead. The only way I will buy another acoustic is when I have a lot more to drop because the advantages between this guitar and up to other guitars just over this price is extremely minimal if it even matches this guitar's tonality and playability in the first place (and most do not).

I would also like to say that although I picked this guitar out there are quite a few other brands and models out there that are pretty incredible. I still love and will always love Martin guitars and Taylors (although Taylor has a little too bright sound even for me but can be corrected with strings) but when it comes down to it the tonality, playability and craftsmanship all the Gibson guitars have are noticeably better than the others. Even if the difference is not incredibly noticeable at first if you spend a little quality time comparing each it will becomes obvious.
Awesome tuners and setup. The preamp in the guitar is an afterthought and I'm happy it is at least included so I can bring my guitar and play anywhere, but as far as recording with it forget about it. I have not even tried to record with most preamps in acoustics but I assume none of them are in the realm of recording straight into a condensor microphone anyway. It does, however, sound great for playing live but I wanted to be upfront about using it for anything else.
Gibson. Surprisingly better than other brands and I wouldn't even thought twice about it before picking one up.
Better than any other guitar in the range by far.

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5.0

Great Guitar for every reason.

By GDTNOVA

from Lake Conroe Texas northwest of Houston

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Fair Price for an Awesome Guitar.
Overall perfect for almost anyone.
Mine is 3 yrs old and still looks perfect. Not a problem in the world.
Compared to others in this range... you have a Gibson that will increase in value if taken care of.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar at ANY Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased my Gibson Songwriter from Musicians Friend in 2004, only after months of checking reviews on this one and many other models. When it arrived, I couldn't wait to tune it up and see what it would do. I was more than pleased. Tuned perfectly, right out of the box! Great projection! I had a professional set-up done after about 6 months, the action just a tad high for my preferences, and since then, it has done nothing but continue to improve in sound and playability. It tunes and plays perfectly all the way up the fretboard! The pickup is extremely powerful! My master volume on my amp is barely on "1" and it booms!! Over the years, she's become more mellow; just what I like in an acoustic! Every string speaks clearly, no overbearing bass notes, nor shrill trebles, just a perfectly equal combination, especially noted when you play bar chords. I can't rave enough about the Songwriter. I've played my friend's D45 Martin, and though in price there's a world of difference, in sound, the Martin sounds too tinny, to brassy, next to this Songwriter. This guitar gives you those tones that are versatile enough to fit into any kind of music, be it country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, blues, whatever. If you want the best that Gibson has to offer, at a great price, GET THIS ONE!! You won't be sorry!!

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5.0

SWEET Beauty

By Martin Gibson

from California

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'm not particularly a Gibson fan. Just way too inconsistent. Some of the very best guitars I've played have been Gibson's, and some really crappy and WAY overpriced ones I've played have been Gibson's of the very same models. All that said, every Songwriter I've played has been just gorgeously sweet and seductive. I know it's not one of their "flagship" axes, or one that makes people reminisce of old time Gibson lore or flash nostalgic images of Americana tradition. But, the beauty of the sound is undeniable. It has that slightly airy, warm, super sweet and round bell-like tone that I associate with the very best Gibson's, and it has it a-plenty. And all that nearly perfectly balanced from E to E. I get shivers just thinking about it, ha ha ha. A really nice axe at a pretty good price (relatively speaking). I like it a whole lot better than some of their "higher" models, that seem more built on reputation and prestige than on actual sound or quality. My only complaints are that it's a little "bling-y" for my personal taste, and I don't like that goofy moustache shape bridge. However, I can put up with that for the great sound. This one is in my future sometime soon down the road. Or perhaps the Songwriter Deluxe Custom. Hmm. We'll see.

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5.0

The most amazing instrument I have ever played

By Walking the Backline

from Richmond, VA

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The TONE. There is so much glorious tone in that beautiful box that I just want to play every free chance I have. Like everyone else I tried the other brands as well but the Songwriter just hands down was the clear winner to my ear. The really sweet bonus is the electronics. With them being all "hidden" it just adds to the coolness factor but what really blew me away was how transparent it was. I had never heard an acoustic pickup system that accurately created the sound of the guitar enough. We have all thrown a little chorus, reverb, and/or delay in there to "sweeten it up" before and I can tell you this guitar doesn't need it. For the first time in my life I could not tell the difference between the soundhole and the speaker and since my entire guitar playing life (25+years) has been plugged in this was HUGE to me. Congratulations to the fine folks in Montana, you have brought me back to the Gibson family.

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5.0

THE guitar, regardless of price

By Stumps

from DC area

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for 25 years, exclusively acoustic the last 18. I've always wanted a quality, American made instrument. I began looking 3 months ago, and played a ton of high end guitars. I went into the store and found this one. I had already played 5 Taylors ranging up to $4000 in price, and 6 Martins and 3 other Gibsons that were on sale. The moment I played this guitar I knew it was mine. Rich volume, and not just on the low strings. The sound boomed out almost, with strumming, flat picking or finger picking. Wonderful warm tones. This might sound strange, but for me it was an emotional experience. I played it for half an hour, walked around, tried to shake it off, played a few more, went back, played this one again for another half hour. I had to buy it. Now, having said that, I can't stress enough that for each serious player there is a guitar for you, and this guitar might not be "the one" for everybody, but it is for me. High quality, wonderfully made.

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5.0

Wow!

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is simply an amazing guitar. If you're like me, you'll appreciate the fact that there are no visible electronics! It looks like you have a regular ol' Gibson - but the volume is right inside the soundhole! It's a sleeper, if you will.Everything is amazing about this guitar: Sound, feel, looks... I'm not a Gibson acoustic fan, but this is just great.One downside: no EQs. You give those away for the non-electric look. Sounds good through a PA, though - and Baggs makes an external EQ, but it's something that's definitely missing.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a beauty

By dav46easy

from Wantage NJ

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been playing for a while now and own a Martin, Fender, Yamaha and had an Epiphone and various electric guitars. I love the playability of this guitar, and the looks are truly stunning, however, unplugged, the Martin sounds better. I will take the Martin with me when I am doing a picnic or a gig outside, but all else, it's the songwriter. I have had it a few months and can't seem to put it down (to the dismay of my wife)I bought it as a muse and it worked! Love this guitar!

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5.0

Just got it!

By dav46easy-SXQDZ

from New Jersey

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Had it a month and am presently falling in love with it. Had it brought in to the shop to tweak a bit but playable right out of the box. So far so good. Love the way it plays, looks and sounds but still a bit early to decide.

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