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.
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 .
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.
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.