New designs, classic styles – introducing the Gibson 2017 HP Range
Thanks to Gibson’s outstanding reputation for producing world class acoustic guitars, when a new line is announced, the world stands up and takes notice. 2017 looks to be an impressive year for the brand with the release of the new 2017 HP acoustic range, featuring a limited run of high end, professional grade acoustics for the discerning musician who needs a reliable workhorse that not only sounds amazing, but looks impressive too. We take a look at 4 products from the Gibson HP Acoustic range and provide a little overview as to why they might just be your new favourite guitar…
Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 415 W Acoustic Guitar
The beautiful Gibson 2017 HP 415 W Acoustic Guitar delivers professional playability every time thanks to the combination of gorgeous tonewoods and expert craftsmanship. This newly designed round shoulder cutaway guitar for 2017 rings in a new era for Gibson acoustics. The walnut body back and sides provide a particularly mellow tone, making it an exquisite choice for those who prefer a softer style of guitar playing. But fear not – the shallow four-inch depth of the guitar provides all the punchiness, response and projection you need thanks to the Sitka spruce top which has been reinforced by scalloped bracing. Gibson have ticked all the boxes with this premium line of acoustics by pairing this expertly constructed body with a 2-piece maple neck. The neck shape features a new “Advanced Response” profile which gives you the freedom you need to explore each and every part of the neck comfortably. Gibson have also used the Franklin Titebond 50 hot hide glue – the same style of glue used back in the 1950’s Les Paul guitars. Gibson have also married the neck to a 20-fret flatter radius rosewood fingerboard with beautiful framed single parallelogram including a gold and MOP detailing.
Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 635 W Acoustic Guitar
The next in the line from the Gibson HP series of acoustic guitars is the Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 635 W Acoustic Guitar which joins the ranks of Gibson’s premium Square Shoulder body designs, such as the Hummingbird, Dove, and Songwriter models. The HP 635 W is a handmade beauty built in the USA under the Big Sky of Bozeman, Montana and features the same 4-inch shallow body depth to provide a snappy punch as well as reinforced, scalloped bracing Sitka spruce top. The 20-fret rosewood fingerboard is a more comfortable flatter radius design which helps to make string bends smoother wherever you are on the neck, ensuring a comfortable feel at all times. The 2-piece maple neck is shaped to the new “Advanced Response” profile too – easily one of the nicest feeling necks the brand have constructed. The new and improved L.R. Baggs Session VTC pickup system is also fitted to the 635 W (along with the rest of the HP line) providing professional-level studio and gig ready sounds straight out of the box. Along with the rest of the line, this guitar comes with a hardshell case to keep it safe from gig to gig – a great little bonus from the team at Gibson.
Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 735 R Acoustic Guitar
The new modern square shoulder cutaway design of the Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 735 R Acoustic Guitar has been meticulously designed by the team in Montana USA to provide expressive, vibrant tones and an unrivalled energy. Considering it’s only 4-inches deep, this guitar can really sing loud. This is no doubt thanks to the beautifully cut back and sides which have been constructed with rosewood – a premium tonewood renowned for it’s tonal capabilities. Partnered with the rosewood back and sides is the AA grade Sitka Spruce top, providing beautiful projection and a cool contrasting visual aesthetic. Whether you prefer fingerpicking styles or rely on a plectrum to play – the guitar can keep up with anything you throw at it, responding accurately. However, should you want to go louder, you’ll love the fact that the Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 735 R is equipped with the L.R. Baggs VTC pickup system. This includes a pre-attached pickup and preamp and translates all the gorgeous tonal capabilities of the tonewoods beautifully in any live or studio situation. The soundhole mounted volume and tone controls make it easy to manipulate your sound at will. Another great feature is the solid mahogany neck, which guitarists who know their stuff, will appreciate. It’s a sturdy workhorse of a guitar waiting to be played on stage, in the studio or at home that is comfortable, eye catching and above all beautifully constructed.
Last but by no means least we have the jewel in the HP guitar crown – the Gibson Acoustic 2017 HP 835 Supreme Acoustic Guitar. This is quite simply a breathtaking instrument for the professional musician who wants a reliable guitar that can be used on studio or stage straight out of the case. Not only does it look absolutely stunning, thanks to the Ivoroid binding across the entire guitar, Mother of Pearl inlay detailing and gold Grover Mini Rotomatic tuning machines which are fitted to the AJ-style headstock, but it sounds epic at all volumes. The L.R. Baggs Session VTC pickup system accurately responds to your playing dynamics and represents the tonewoods accurately, meaning you don’t lose any of the tonal qualities once you plug it in. The modern belly-down rosewood bridge with Tusq saddle has been meticulously designed to provide a seamless connection to the strings, which offers a greater sustain and intonation wherever you are on the fretboard. It’s also packed with it’s own brown hardshell case, making it a road ready partner that will follow you through life. As far as acoustic guitars go, this bright sounding and beautiful looking guitar is one of the most striking Gibson have ever produced. A welcome addition to the HP line for sure.
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Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EPs / singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.
Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.