Gibson has tilted its head towards the one and only Elvis Presley with two new signature acoustic guitars, the Elvis SJ-200 and the Elvis Dove.
Based on two of Elvis’ favorite guitars, the new signature guitars both feature a maple body with a Sitka spruce top and maple back and sides. Both acoustics are also adorned with a stripped-down ebony finish and feature an LR Baggs VTC piezo pickup under the saddle and a preamp with rosette-mounted volume and tone controls.
The SJ-200 is based on an acoustic that was gifted to Presley during a recording session at RCA Studio B in Nashville in the mid-1960s. King continued to use the guitar extensively on stage and l was then given to her friend Marty Lacker at Graceland in 1976.
It features a two-piece maple neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard sporting 20 standard frets and graduated mother-of-pearl crown inlays.
The Elvis SJ-200 also features an SJ-200 Rosewood “Mustache” bridge with Hourglass and Teardrop mother-of-pearl inlays, and an SJ-200 tortoise pickguard.
The Elvis Dove, on the other hand, is based on a custom 1969 Gibson Dove that was gifted to Elvis by his father, Vernon. Elvis played guitar on stage throughout his later career, including his huge 1973 hit. Aloha from Hawaii concert. In a surreal twist, he later—at a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina—offered it to an audience member mid-performance.
The guitar features a mahogany neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard sporting 20 standard frets and mother of pearl parallelogram inlays. The acoustic also includes a Dove rosewood bridge with mother of pearl inlays and a blacker Dove pickguard.
On both acoustics, Grover Keystone tuners are mounted on a headstock adorned with a Gibson crown and “Elvis” logo located just above the nut. Gold hardware is also standard all around.
The Gibson Elvis Dove model is available now for $4,499 (the same as a standard Dove), while the Gibson Elvis SJ-200 rings in at $5,299, a few hundred more than your standard SJ-200. Both models come with hard cases.
For more information on acoustics, visit Gibson.