When "Singing Cowboy" Ray Whitley asked Gibson to make him a loud flat-top in 1936, they certainly answered his call. Using the L-5's huge profile as a template, Gibson designed the acoustic that would soon be championed as "the King of all Flat-tops". The Super-Jumbo, better known as the SJ-200, was a hit right out of the gates. In fact, its popularity led to Gibson designing an SJ guitar model with simpler appointments in 1939: the SJ-100 was basically the SJ-200's more affordable cousin, boasting the same one-of-a-kind shape and proportions but with more modest features. Today, both SJ guitars are manufactured by Gibson as both acoustics and acoustic-electrics, and this section is loaded with stunning choices that will appeal to collectors and performers alike.
For an SJ-100 that will surely go down in the history books as one of Gibson's finest acoustics, feast your eyes on the 2016 SJ-100 Walnut Super Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Sporting a special Honeyburst finish, a 2016 truss rod cover and a softened fingerboard edge for an improved feel, this SJ has all the makings of a classic. To ensure the natural sound of this guitar is amplified with total clarity, it's loaded with an L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup. Concert performers take note: the new Gibson 2016 SJ-100 will have you one step closer to the standing ovation you deserve.
Now, if an SJ-200 is what you had in mind, we'll suggest the Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player's Edition Acoustic-Electric. What you have here is an exact replica of Dylan's SJ-200, but upgraded with modern electronics like an L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup system. From its Vintage Sunburst finish to the accentuated double pickguards and rosewood 4-bar inlay Moustache bridge, this masterpiece is a stunning re-creation of the Hall Of Famer's six-string of choice.
While each of these SJ guitars merit a closer look, you'll still want to ask yourself a few questions before making any quick decisions. For example, how much are you willing to spend? Do you prefer classic Sunburst, bold Trans Cherry or Natural Antique finish? Whatever you prefer in a Super Jumbo acoustic, you'll find it in this catalog. These SJ guitars are more than instruments, they're works of art - painstakingly created by passionate luthiers who take pride in being a part of Gibson's legacy.