The Gibson 2016 SJ-200 Elite Electro Acoustic Guitar in Antique Natural finish is a beautiful model that takes the legendary model to new heights, combining classic qualities with modern upgrades to create a truly outstanding work of art - it isn't called the "King of the Flat Tops" for nothing. The SJ-200 has been the guitar of choice for many influential guitarists, most notably: Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan and George Harrison; helping to shape musical history in the process.
The 2016 Elite model benefits from carefully appointed touches to improve its comfortability thanks to softened fingerboard edges, reliability due to premium set-up incorporating state-of-the-art German engineered Plek technology, and acoustic representation when plugged-in via an amplifier thanks to upgraded electronics from L.R. Baggs. As well as these improvements, every model is supplied with a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual.
Solid SJ-200 Build Quality
The Gibson 2016 SJ-200 Elite is built with the level of loving care and attention we've come to expect, retaining a solid feel throughout. The back is built using two pieces of the finest flame maple, creating a smooth mid-range energy that develops beautifully within the depths of the Super Jumbo body profile.
Paired with the back is a heavenly two-piece grade AAA Sitka spruce top, which is reinforced by scalloped bracing to guarantee projection and resonance. The radiused body contour allows the SJ-200 Elite to rest snugly against your body as you perform, adding to the high degree of comfort afforded by this luxurious model. To preserve the delicate antique natural finish, Gibson has created a smooth hi-gloss 90 sheen lacquer and applied it across the body.
Two-piece Maple Neck
Fitted to the body via a dovetail neck joint - for increased strength and greater resonance - is a two-piece maple neck. Hot hide glue is applied to reinforce the connection between neck and body, giving greater confidence in the guitar's ability to stand up to all you can throw at it. The neck is shaped to a rounded profile, which creates a substantial support to wrap your fingers around.
Married to the neck is a sublime single-piece, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with abalone position inlays in the style of the SJ-200 Crown to navigate in style. The improved fingerboard feel makes it exceptionally comfortable to play, with softened edges to make executing transitions between frets as smooth as possible.
L.R. Baggs Anthem System
Only the finest electronics will do for Gibson, which is why the SJ-200 Elite is equipped with L.R. Baggs' award-winning Anthem Series electronics. Featuring patent-pending TRU-MIC technology, which captures the studio-mic'd sound for live performance. Mounted to the underside of the bridge is the TRU-MIC, which translates the timbre of the guitar transparently; combine that with noise-cancelling technology, and you have a dream representation of your beloved SJ-200 anywhere you perform.
The TRU-MIC is combined with an Element pickup, with a mix control built-in that allows you to create the perfect blend to achieve your desired output. Phase inversion is also incorporated to minimise feedback. The mic level and master volume controls give you further control over your output, allowing you to precisely attenuate your tone. Quite simply, you couldn't ask for a more carefully considered system to best deliver the tone of your dreams.
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Fitted to the body is the SJ-200 moustache rosewood bridge with bone saddle, which creates a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain. The ornate SJ-200 pickguard protects the body around the underside of the exquisitely detailed soundhole rosette.
The headstock is home to the gold-plated gold Grover Imperial tuning machines, with 14:1 gear ratio to guarantee stable tuning integrity throughout every performance. The Gibson 2016 SJ-200 Elite Electro Acoustic Guitar in Antique Natural finish offers the brilliance that we've come to expect from the series, with improvements that make it a collector's and professional's dream.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 SJ-200 Elite Electro Acoustic Guitar Body Shape Jumbo Guitar Size Full Top Material Grade AAA Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Flame Maple Neck Material Two-Piece Maple Neck Profile Rounded Fingerboard Material Rosewood Position Inlays Abalone SJ-200 Crown Number of Frets 20 Number of Strings 6 Pickguard SJ-200 Bridge SJ-200 Moustache Rosewood with Bone saddle Tuning Machines Gold-plated Gold Grover Imperials Electronics L.R. Baggs Anthem Finish Antique Natural Included Accessories Gibson Standard Hardshell Case Owners Manual
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