Here we have a Gibson J-200 Custom Elite Acoustic Guitar!
I have owned many J-200 Custom Elites. This is probably the finest example of a Custom Elite I have ever owned. I do not say these types of things about every guitar I sell. Check my other listings.
The Gibson SJ-200 Custom Elite was built by the Gibson Custom Shop. It is no longer being produced.
This particular example features the rare “Stinger” painted on the back of the headstock. You don’t see this on very many Gibson J-200s. Go look around and see if you can find another one. It’s not easy.
The SJ-200 Custom Elite has several distinct advantages over the current J-200 Custom being built by Gibson:
-First of all, the SJ-200 Custom Elite was built by the Gibson Custom Shop; the current J-200 Custom is built by Gibson USA. We all know that the Custom Shop has a much higher standard of quality than Gibson USA does. The finish flaws usually found on Gibson USA models are nearly non-existent on the Custom Shop models. The luthiers at the Custom Shop have more experience.
-The Custom Shop uses better cuts of wood, such as the maple and ebony cuts used for this guitar. The current J-200 Custom has a rosewood fretboard, as opposed to the ebony of this SJ-200 Custom Elite. The woods used to build Gibson USA guitars are inferior – trust me, I’ve owned them.
-This last item is an observation of mine, but I haven’t technically verified it: It seems to me that the Gibson Custom Shop braces its guitars lighter than Gibson USA does, giving Custom Shop Guitars a better tone. This could be because Gibson knows that the people buying Custom Shop guitars have more knowledge about guitars and are less likely to overload the top. When people overload the top, Gibson ends up paying for warranty repairs, leading them to brace the guitars slightly heavier to prevent that from happening. My Custom Shop guitars have all been lighter than my Gibson USA guitars.
This guitar features a beautiful AAA-grade Sitka spruce top with plenty of horizontal grain (“bearclawing”). Horizontal grain is an indicator of extra stiffness in the top, resulting in an enriched tone. The back and sides are made from AAA-grade flamed maple – gorgeous! The neck is also highly-flamed maple and is one of my favorite things on this guitar. It is beautiful! The fretboard is a jet-black cut of ebony. Ebony is a rarity now-days. Gibson is not currently producing any guitars with ebony fretboards. Check the latest J-200 Customs – they all have rosewood fretboards. I just sold one a while back with a rosewood fretboard. Pretty soon people are going to realize that ebony is disappearing and the value of guitars with ebony boards will skyrocket.
The inlays on this guitar are beautiful. The fingerboard is inlayed with abalone crown inlays, as opposed to the usual pearl inlays. The headstock crown inlay is also abalone.
Included with this guitar is the original hardshell case and all case candy. The original bill of sale is also included!
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