Gibson Sheryl Crowe Signature Electro Acoustic Guitar NaturalStock code: 68491
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In 1999, Sheryl Crow brought her beloved 1962 Gibson Country Western to Gibson Acoustic and asked for an identical replica with modern appointments, worried that her favorite acoustic would soon succumb to the rigors of the road. Gibson responded in kind with the introduction of the Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series guitar—basically a painstaking recreation of Crow’s Country Western, but also a variation of Gibson’s renowned Hummingbird. The body is similar to Gibson’s J-45 slope shoulder dreadnought design, but with wider, square shoulder accents on the upper bouts. The radius top projects a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs.
Nickel Gotoh White Oval Button Tuner
Gibson’s Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series features Gotoh’s white oval button tuners. With a gear ratio of 15:1, these Gotoh tuners 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, with a special lubricant inside the gear box for 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 Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series. Over the years, it has also been called a “thistle” because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a “crown.”
The yellow tortoise pickguard on the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is patterned after the shape of the pickguard on Gibson’s Hummingbird. As with all Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, binding, and engraving are all done by hand.
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson’s Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The Sheryl Crow’s split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are 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 Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is similar to Gibson’s J-45 slope shoulder dreadnought design, but with wider, square shoulder accents on the upper bouts. The top is made from AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from mahogany, giving the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs, making it a desirable acoustic to a wide range of players and musical styles. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson Acoustic’s Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element—or transducer—that’s proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar, and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg’s new “Battery Bagg.”
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. The bracing inside the body of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is a single “X” pattern similar to the design used inside Gibson’s traditional dreadnoughts, most notably the vintage J-30s. This bracing pattern delivers a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs, making the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series a desirable acoustic to a wide range of players and musical styles.
|Back & Side Material||Mahogany|
|Guitar Size||Full Size|
|Pickups||L.R. Baggs Element|
|Key Stage||Key Stage 4|
|Country Of Origin||USA|
|Manufacturers Link||Gibson Sheryl Crowe Signature Electro Acoustic Guitar Natural|
|Model||Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Acoustic Guitar|
|Body Style||Square Shoulder|
|Back and Sides||Mahogany|
|Binding||Multi-ply Top and Back|
|Bridge Inlay||Mother of Pearl Dots|
|Tuners||Vintage White Button|
|Pickguard||Tortoise Traditional 3 Point|
|Pickups||L.R. Baggs Element|
|Peghead Angle||17 Degrees|
|Peghead Inlay||Mother of Pearl Logo and Crown|
|Nut Width||1.725" at Nut|
|Number of Frets||20|
|Other Features||Personally Signed Custom Label|
|Case Exterior||Black w/Logo|
|Back and Sides||Cherry|