Here we have the prototype Gibson Ron Wood J-200! Gibson made a deal with Ron Wood (guitarist for The Rolling Stones) to produce a guitar based upon his specifications (usually referred to as a “signature” guitar). Ron provided Gibson with his personal preferences and Gibson set out to build the guitar that would suit him best. This is what they came up with.
This particular guitar is actually the very first one of these Gibson built. They presented this prototype to Ron for him to test out and look at to make sure everything was pleasing to him. He approved and the model was moved into production. Each one in the series is numbered on the label inside the soundhole. This one is simply labeled “Prototype”, as you can see in the photo of the label.
Have you ever seen a Gibson prototype for sale? I didn’t think so. Gibson rarely sells its prototypes. I bought this one from the original retailer, who convinced Gibson to sell it to him back in the 90’s. He held on to it for years and recently sold it to me. This is an extremely rare guitar.
Most of these Ron Wood J-200s have double pickguards attached to them. The pick guards were never installed on this one, maybe because they hadn’t been designed yet. Most people don’t like these pickguards. I think they are unattractive, myself. This one, without them, looks much better to me.
Some of the Ron Wood J-200s have ebony fretboards, while others have rosewood. This one has a jet-black ebony fretboard, and a jet-black ebony bridge – also a great feature.
The maple on this guitar is stunning! Check out that flamed-maple neck! That’s some of the best figured maple you will find! The back and sides also have great flamed-maple.
The flame inlays are a unique feature to Ron’s J-200. I’ve never seen them on any other J-200 out there. I love them.
This guitar is in flawless condition. Aside from Ron Wood’s testing, this guitar is unplayed. The original retailer stored the guitar away and never really intended to play it or sell it. The guitar has no blemishes from play wear. The finish shows some signs of age – some finish separation at the bridge, very minor finish checking in the body, finish aging near the binding of the headstock – standard stuff for the age of the guitar. It is well-preserved because it hasn’t been played since Ron had it.
Included with the guitar is the original hardshell case and all original paperwork.
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