When it comes to jumbo acoustic guitars, there’s not a lot of debate about the Gibson SJ200 being the market leader. Unlike other acoustics, which are usually mass produced in a factory, Gibson acoustic guitars are made by hand without the shortcuts that usually go into mass product. The Gibson SJ200 acoustic guitar has fantastic tone, looks stylish and feels great to play. In this Gibson SJ200 True Vintage review we’ll talk in depth about the features of the guitar, along with where to get the best prices.
Gibson SJ200 True Vintage Features
The Gibson SJ200 True Vintage is designed to provide the same feel and appearance as the original Super Jumbo which was released in the 1930s. It has a deep tone, with a well balanced tonal palette and a loud sound. It is also almost identical to the original.
- The Gibson SJ200 True Vintage acoustic guitar comes with the Gotoh green button tuners. These have a gear ratio of 15 to 1, providing an accurate tuning system that protects the string post.
- The tortoise pickguard is the standard version for Gibson’s super jumbo guitars. It is engraved by hand to include vine and floral patterns. The pickguard is designed to appear exactly as the original model did in the 1930s, giving it that vintage feel.
- The fingerboard is made from Rosewood. It has traditional binding, graduated crown inlays (made form mother of pearl) and is modeled on the original Gibson acoustic.
- There are a variety of other interesting features of the Gibson SJ200. The top is made from Sitka spruce, and the side and back are made using maple. This gives the Gibson SJ200 a deep and balanced tone which has become the hallmark if Gibson super jumbo acoustics. Other features include a hand crafted rosette around the sound hole, radiused top bracing and the crown logo.
Gibson SJ200 True Vintage Prices
The Gibson SJ200 True Vintage costs a lot of money – over $6500 depending on where you buy from. It’s impossible to find cheap Gibson SJ200 guitars, but you may get a better price by looking for second hand Gibson SJ200 True Vintage acoustics. These are often snapped up quickly, however, so you need to be on a regular lookout for when they become available. While speed is important, you should make sure you check the condition of the SJ200 before you buy.