Gibson’s Exclusives collection has been expanded with the addition of three of the most famous Nashville-based guitar giants acoustic guitar designs in sleek ebony finishes.
The J-45 Standard, SJ-200 Standard and Hummingbird Standard join a host of similarly finished electric guitars from Gibson’s main line, plus an ES-335, Les Paul Classic and Les Paul Special in a very Chris Cornell hue by Olive Drab. green. Available exclusively through Gibson.com – hence the name – these acoustics offer a low-profile, limited-edition alternative to the mainline models, but with the same construction, feel and tone.
Known as the King of Flat Tops, the SJ-200 has been around since 1937 and has made a name for itself as songwriter acoustics. While we’re more used to seeing it in Natural or Vintage Sunburst finishes, solid flamed maple back and sides, the Sitka spruce top is a familiar cocktail of tonewoods, and joins a two-part maple neck. sides with a rounded profile, topped with a 12″ radius Indian rosewood fingerboard.
And of course, it wouldn’t be an SJ-200 without that distinctive Rosewood Two-Bar Mustache bridge, graduated MOP crown inlays, SJ-200 Cream Flower pickguard with border and dots, plus bound neck and headstock, and the back band. – the finishes that make it different from the J-150.
As for the standard Hummingbird? Again, even in ebony, it’s instantly recognizable, with its decorative pickguard and split parallelogram inlays. Another songwriter’s choice, with the most epic three-dimensional voice that begs to be strummed, he also has multi-layer binding on his body and neck, though his head is unbound.
Solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides… It’s an age-old combination, just a more understated look than the Vintage Cherry Hummingbirds we’re used to seeing.
Finally, the J-45, which in a sense is the working player’s guitar but at $2,749 it’s not as they say a cheap date. For this, however, you get the archetypal sloping-shouldered dreadnought and a superbly balanced tone that suits all sorts of styles.
Again, it’s song-packed, with Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany SlimTaper neck, making it very accessible. There’s no fancy inlay here, no fancy guard, but its fingerboard shares its siblings’ 12″ radius and Indian rosewood construction.
All three acoustics feature Grover Rotomatic tuners with Kidney Button and feature LR Baggs electronics. The J-45 and Hummingbird Standard are equipped with the VTC system, while the SJ-200 Standard is equipped with the Anthem system. All three guitars route their signal through a 6.35mm jack, and all have .
As mentioned above, the J-45 Standard is priced at $2,749, while the Hummingbird Standard costs you $3,849, with the SJ-200 priced at $4,649.
The Gibson Exclusives collection is available now. For more detailed specifications or to order, visit Gibson.