Hail to the King: Gibson introduces two special Elvis acoustic guitars with the Dove and the SJ-200

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Now many guitarists have made a acoustic guitar sound as rock’roll as Elvis Aaron Presley so his only Gibson worth his salt takes his cap off the king with an Elvis SJ-200 and Dove. Two acoustics that mark two very different stages in the career of the legend.

The new Gibson Elvis Dove in Ebony is based on a custom 1969 model that was gifted to the King by his father, Vernon Presley. Elvis played it regularly in concert from 1971 to 1975 – most famously during the satellite TV concert Aloha From Hawaii in 1973.

But in a surprising move at an Asheville, North Carolina concert in 1975, Elvis gifted the Gibson Dove to an audience member named Mike Harris. It was auctioned in 2016.

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The new Gibson Elvis Dove in Ebony features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid maple back and sides, and a mahogany neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard.

The new Dove is ready for the stage with modern LR Baggs VTC electronics with an under-saddle piezo pickup and rosette-mounted volume and tone controls.

Gibson previously released an Ebony Elvis Dove model in the mid-90s, which you can see in the video below.

The Gibson SJ-200 is based on a guitar that was another gift and Elvis in turn gave way. I was first given to the musician during a recording session at the iconic RCA Studio B in Nashville in the mid-60s. Elvis then gave it to his close friend and Graceland assistant Marty Lacker .

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The new Gibson Elvis SJ-200 features maple back, sides and neck, and a sitka spruce top.

The guitar features a graduated mother-of-pearl crown and parallelogram inlays, signature Mustache bridge and Indian rosewood fingerboard, and is equipped with an LR Baggs VTC under-saddle pickup.

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Both guitars come with a Kenpo Karate decal included in the hard case as another nod to Elvis.

The Gibson Elvis Dove is $4,699 and the Elvis SJ-200 is $5,299. More info on the SJ-200 and Dove.

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