Here we have an extremely unique Gibson SJ-200. In fact, it is the only SJ-200 I have ever seen which shipped from the factory with a sunburst top and natural back and sides!
This guitar has never been played before. It is in unplayed, mint condition and is eagerly awaiting its first owner!
This guitar was built by the Gibson Custom Shop. It also features an ebony fretboard. As you know, ebony is a rarity on guitars now days. Gibson is not currently building any guitars with ebony fretboards. This one was built last year just before the change from ebony to all rosewood.
The guitar features a AAA-grade Sitka spruce top with highly figured Eastern curly maple back and sides! The neck is a particularly good cut of flamed maple. Check it out!
A Fishman Ellipse Aura pre-amp and pickup system have been installed from the factory. This is one of the best available pickup systems!
One of my favorite features of this guitar is the stinger on the back of the headstock. The stinger is quite rare in the world of SJ-200s. We don’t see them very often. See if you can find another one for sale.
Here are a few of my thoughts regarding the difference between a guitar built by Gibson USA compared to a guitar built by the Custom Shop:
-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. 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.
Included is the original hardshell case and all case candy (including registration paperwork).
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this instrument. Feel free to call me: 435.406.9281