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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Condition 1 - Mint Gold Hardware

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Gibson has been building big-sounding, square-shoulder dreadnoughts for decades now. This version, the Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC acoustic-electric ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Powerful, warm Gibson tone with elite electronics.

Gibson has been building big-sounding, square-shoulder dreadnoughts for decades now. This version, the Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC acoustic-electric guitar, is equipped with a premium Fishman Prefix-T preamplification system that's ready to hit the stage. The rosewood back and sides impart warmth to the tone transmitted via the solid spruce top. The dazzling MOP inlays on the ebony fingerboard, a beautifully shaped pickguard, gold tuning machines with kidney buttons, and a traditional abalone rosette speak to the skills of Gibson craftsmen. A premium hardshell case is included.

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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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Square-shoulder dreadnought body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Mahogany neck
  • Fishman Prefix-T electronics system with tuner
  • Mother of pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlays
  • Abalone rosette
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Gold tuners with kidney buttons
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GibsonSongwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GORGEOUS!!!

I have never played a guitar that sounds as nice as this one throughtout the range. My wife and I went to the local guitar shop and played a Martin D-18 (which I...Read complete review

I have never played a guitar that sounds as nice as this one throughtout the range. My wife and I went to the local guitar shop and played a Martin D-18 (which I also loved), a Taylor 414, a Hummingbird, and this Songwriter. We actually played the Songwriter first, but just kept coming back to it. It has a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and the ebony fretboard. Not to mention the physical beauty. I can't wait to hear the tone as it ages. I do, as always, recommend playing guitars in person before just buying one. This is especially true for guitars in this price range.

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disappointing

Guitar had a great sound at first... but only with very heavy gauge strings. Went to regular lights and it started to buzz. Had a shop do some adjustments, but no...Read complete review

Guitar had a great sound at first... but only with very heavy gauge strings. Went to regular lights and it started to buzz. Had a shop do some adjustments, but no good. Did some adjustments myself after a year - sick and tired of the buzz - and it's better, but no where near worth the cash I paid for it. My recommendation is find a cheaper guitar - 200-400 dollars, and if you want to play out, have a guitar shop put a good pickup in for you. I have an old yamaha that I've had for 20+ years, dropped in seawater, beat to death, and still a pleasure to play. This guitar just doesn't do it for the price.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great gigging guitar!

By Jon Mathis

from Madison, MS

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar! I also own a Martin D-35 which I passed along to my daughter because this is now my main squeeze!
Great features, just right for the acoustic electric gigs. I have the sound controls right at my fingertips for on the fly tweaks.
Beautiful quality! Well made with a great acoustic tone!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GORGEOUS!!!

By Gibsonfiend

from Louisiana

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have never played a guitar that sounds as nice as this one throughtout the range. My wife and I went to the local guitar shop and played a Martin D-18 (which I also loved), a Taylor 414, a Hummingbird, and this Songwriter. We actually played the Songwriter first, but just kept coming back to it. It has a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and the ebony fretboard. Not to mention the physical beauty. I can't wait to hear the tone as it ages. I do, as always, recommend playing guitars in person before just buying one. This is especially true for guitars in this price range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone and playability

By Southwind in NC

from Asheville, NC

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

One of the best guitar I've every played. The only A/E I have played that I might give a higher rating would be a friend's 70's-era Gallagher that was fitted with a Fishman pickup in its later years.I played this one un-mic'd, then through a Fender Acoustasonic Jr. at the store. The sound is amazing. All the notes are loud, clean and clear. Typical of Gibson, the bass response is strong enough without being boomy. Every note stands out and the tone is crystal clear whether plugged in or not. My wife is a beginner (three weeks), I've played rock and folk/rock for 25 years, and my friend has been playing ballads and bluegrass for 5 we all love this guitar.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Gibson Songwriter Studio

By Mark Mestre

from Southern US

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If you like spending money on a name, then buy one, but be prepared to replace the nut, saddle and pay to have the neck or bridge reglued. The quality control thar should be present at a company like Gibson just isn't there. You will be doing a lot of work you shouldn't have to worry about.
The features included with the guitar are what you'd expect for a guitar in this price category.
While Gibson uses the same materials as Martin and Taylor, there seems to always be something wrong with these instruments. If you're OK with spending 2k+ for a guitar that's either not put together correctly, nut not cut properly, finish issues and such, then by all means buy one of these. This guitar is priced and by ornamentation and price competes with the Taylor 814. Decide for yourself. Compare them yourself. This guitar falls short of what it claims to give you.
How can you rate the value when all of the Songwriters I've tried have been sent back for various issues. Value? There is no value in a guitar that doesn't live up to what the company claims.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you don't want to buy it, don't play it!

By slash2jazz

from Madison, MS

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'll keep this short and sweet. Up until now I've been a Taylor only guitarist. I was wanting something different for a change so I went in to the local shop and tried everything on the wall. The Songwriter Deluxe was sitting all alone in the corner, so I picked it up last....and next thing I know I was pulling out the credit card. What a sweet sounding instrument. I still love my Taylors, but the Songwriter has earned a well-deserved place in the stable. Play it and you'll buy it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By Ink Jet Dog

from Louisiana

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for about 42 years, and I've never played a guitar that could equal the rich tone of my Songwriter Deluxe. I've played it for family & friends in my home, and played it some in Church, and the sound of this guitar gets comments every time. The workmanship is everything you would expect from a premium Gibson. It is truly a joy to play. The only negative I can think of is that there is no on-board tuner, but that's not a biggie. If you're looking to buy a premium guitar with big, rich sound, you can't beat this one!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I couldn't see myself with any other guitar

By Jouslee

from California

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is incredible. Has a lot of boom in the low and highs. Mids are very complex sound as well. Action is a bit high but I really should get it set up. The original strings aren't that bad but try some Elixer Phospher Bronze. The only negative is the finish; It scratches way to easily. WAY TOO EASY... Still in the process of finding out how much it is to repair the finish but other than that this guitar is probably the best guitar I've seen. Oh and BTW not all these guitars sound the same. Mine sounds exceptional but other songwriters that I've played sound quite horrible, much like a regular Martin. So try more than one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar and electronics

By Charles Harvey

from Northern Colorado

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have two guitars that I play all the time, a Martin HD35 and the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe. I would give them both an overall rating of 10 but the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe is the more versatile of the two.
The guitar is a Gibson and has all of the typical Gibson character. It has some esthetic qualities without being gaudy. I like the mustache bridge and shaped pickguard. The cutaway makes the upper frets attainable. The main thing on this guitar is the electronics. The on board tuner is amazing, but the ability to shape the sound with the electronics adds a dimension that puts this guitar in a whole new level.
The craftsmanship and quality are very high. The acoustic tonal palette is broad and the guitar sounds as good with driving bluegrass as it does with fingerpicking or chordal melodies.
I bought this guitar in a local store and the price was somewhat less than the MSRP. Even then it was not cheap by any means. When considering the prices on some of the other Gibsons and other brand name guitars, the Songwriter Deluxe hods it's own in value. It might even be a bargain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Strat Lover-gwGqE

from USA

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Well to start with I intended to buy a Martin D-28 or a D-35 but the look of the Songwriter and the fact that I could get in a cutaway with a pickup already installed I figured that I would just for the hell of it try out the Gibson. This guitar has it, if you know what I mean? "It's got soul" I still plan on buying a Martin some day but I will never part with this Gibson and I haven't been able to say that about anything I've every owned before. Each time I play it I like it more and I have had it for going on 6 months now. It came with a slight flaw in the neck, " a small ding in the side of the neck " but isn't that noticeable and even though I am very picky about things, it's nothing I can't live with. I have a brother that just like me was dreaming of that Martin but he has been out trying out every Martin he could get his hands on for months now and the other day he told me that he hasn't ran across one of them he likes as well as this Gibson. I worry about this guitar when I have to leave it, I worry something will happen to it and I will lose it. Spent 35 years trying to find this one. If you like spruce/rosewood guitars, don't buy anything until you try this one. Just one thing, It would be perfect if it had fretboard binding. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a Keeper!

By Steve Zimmelman

from Boston, MA

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for about 35 years. I wanted to get an upscale acoustic cutaway with electronics. I originally bought a Taylor 814CE from Guitar Center, but ended up taking it back. Based on some of the reviews I read, I ordered the Gibson Songwriter deluxe cutaway sight unseen. Not only is it beautiful, but it sounds and plays great! I had to adjust the truss rod a bit to lower the action, but that's just part of normal setup. Most guitars "out of the box" are set too high for my taste. So if you see one of these, and you think it's not a quality axe because of the action, don't kid yourself. 5 minutes with 5/16" nut driver, and you'll be good to go. I like this axe better than any Talyor, Guild, or Tacoma I've played -- hands down!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best one Yet

By Rob K.

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned my songwriter deluxe cutaway for a year and a half and it had better sound than any martin, taylor, etc. that I have seen. The only guitars I've played with better sound are the 50's and 60's Gibsons and Martins.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Ultimate Guitar

By Duke Buddy

from So.Cal.

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Wow. Picked one up on my lunchbreak and played it for 90 minutes straight. Had to have it and bought it on the spot. This guitar just sings through a good amp. A little flat w/out the amp, but I have other truly acoustic guitars to fall back on. My friends marveled at the tone and commented my playing was better. I laughed and told them it came pre-programmed with 200 songs and half of them believed it. This is a great guitar all the way around, from the electronics to the finish. I have a hard time playing anything else. Over the past 30+ years, I have played them all and this is the one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing instrument

By Steve M.-3PPlM

from PEI, Canada

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I tried Martin, Taylor, Guild , Takamine, Larivee and Gibson. This guitar was my favorite...I already own a Larivee which I really like and was tempted to buy another but I just kept going back to the Gibson. It plays, sounds and looks amazing, tunes easily and stays in tune. Its a joy to play and I find it hard to put down. I've seen a few reviews that say its too expensive but to me its worth every penny.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2008 Best AMG for a reason

By Gauged

from Adelaide

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went back and forth into shop after shop and played Grand performers to Guild Fm47 even a D45V. In Australia these go from 4500 up to 15 grand for the d45V about 13grand USD. I played them all and couldnt find anything worth the money. Then one day a new shipment came in there she was acoustic with electrics and a Gibson. I played it and it was bought and paid for within thirty minutes. Look at the specs and the sound that projects with those hand carved braces. The only thing that peeved me was that the standard EC then was released and I didnt get to try that first. I havent played it yet but I may just upgrade.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

MADE FOR THE STAGE

By OpengrounD

from knoxville

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have an acoustic gig coming up so I went looking for an electric/acoustic. My Martin sounds great but isn't electric, also it gave me an excuse for my woman to get me a new guitar for Christmas. When I first started looking, I wanted another Martin, but after playing alot of different makes I tried several Taylors, which I fell in love with a 814.The 814 was a little out of our price range so I decided on a 414. Then my woman said "I think that Gibson is pretty". I tried it and it was the one. Great looks .Great tone.I really like the Taylors bright tone better, but when I changed the strings on the Gibson to Elixers, which come factory on the Taylors, I was blown away. The Songwriter had that same bright tone as the Taylor , but the mids and lows put the Taylors to shame. Try one out, take it home ,change the strings, play it for a month, if you don't like it send it back. It's that easy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No regrets here.

By Summerman

from Upstate NY

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I must have looked at 200 other guitars over the last 3 years for the "perfect, last one I'll ever buy, going to leave it to my son guitar." I had it narrowed to Martin d28, martin 16gt, Taylor 414ce. I played every guitar in the store way over this price range and none had the tone I liked. Rich, powerful and never got muddy when I strummed like a mad man. I closed my eyes and listened, I played the difficult stuff to check the necks and some were close but not as good. When I oppened my eyes and compared looks, no contest. I brought it home and play it every night. It is great. I play it through a Roland cube 30 and it sounds great. It really is nice. Only draw back is I would like a shorted scale as I have smallish hands. This is a keeper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Warrior MIke

from Long Island NY

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Call me a martin snob, I tried to fall in love with one of these Gibson but they just sound way to tight to me. No sustain and the sound dies out fast. I only tried one really nice one but the rest were very nasally sounding. I would try a Martin before going to this. It could be that it just needs time to open up but when I pick up a martin I know where my place is. If you have your heart set on these try one at your local guitar shop but with a price like that when in doubt buy from Musicians Friend, not one that has been played by everyone that has walked into the shop.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One outstanding guitar

By martinjim

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I evaluated every guitar I could find in the $1500 to $2000 price range both in stores and on the Internet. Went to my local Guitar Center and played several Martins and Taylors that compared and caught my eye. The Songwriter Deluxe was the last guitar I picked up and I knew from the first strum this was the one. I have a Martin D28 and I actually like this better. The sound is amazing and it is so easy and affortless to play. I love the Martin sound but the action on them are always too high for me when buying new. This guitar is worth every penny and you will be proud you own it. It definitely turns heads and I get a lot of compliments and questions about it from both beginners and pros. The songwriter is so beautiful in appearance that sometimes I just place it on a stand for a few minutes and just gaze at it. I feel much better now that I own one. :-)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Dream Guitar

By Gibsonlover-LjHTo

from Seattle Washington

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Two years ago I played a Gibson SongBird (predecessor to the SongWriter) and I fell in love with everything about it, only to never see it again. I walked into GuitarCenter this last week with my heart set on an 8 series Taylor. And low and behold, this beauty from Gibson was sitting up there just waiting for me to play it. I tell you what, this is hands down the most beautiful guitar ever made. I swapped out the gold tuners for silver ones and put some elixar lights on it, and it is bar none the best overall guitar I've ever seen and played. Sure Taylors sound great, but they all look the same and I don't want the same guitar that half of my friends have. The Gibson songwriter is a unique and unyielding guitar that along with sturdy good looks and a bright warm sound will leave all taylor buyers scratching they're heads.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kick A** Guitar

By Baskin

from Portland Oregon

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar for about 3-4 months now. I went to the guitar shop with the intentions of buying one of 2 different Taylor Acoustics...needless to say they really were not what I was expecting. So I picked up a few martins and a few gibsons and finally came accross this guitar. I will have this guitar for the rest of my life, not only is it the best guitar ive ever played but it is a good investment as well for the price you pay. The tone is so clean and bright, the electronics on it are great quality. I wouldnt give this guitar up for my 1st, 2nd or 3rd born...lol j/k but seriously this guitar rocks..

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