Ask a guitarist to name the ultimate Gibson acoustic, and many will reply that its the J-200. Elegant and flamboyant even by Gibsons top-line standards, the J-200 has found fame in the hands of numerous legends: Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Neil Young, and The Edge, to name but a few. The J-200 is known as the king of the flat-tops for good reason: it is simply the worlds most famous acoustic guitar, and certainly one of the most desired. The SJ-200 was noted for its super-large 16 7/8 flat top body, with a double-braced red spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and sunburst finish. From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibsons SJ-200 immediately filled a need for a deeper, more balanced and powerful sound, and gave purveyors of the new American music scene of the 1930s a reliable, well-built instrument, capable of projecting the sound of the guitar well beyond that of any other acoustic on the market.Setting a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Due to the weak post-depression economy and wartime austerity, demand for this high-end guitar was very limited and production quantities were small.
It was 1947 when the tonewoods changed the back and sides were now being made of maple, which many guitar aficionados prefer as it allows for clearer separation of the notes. In 1955 the name was simplified again: from here on, it was mostly called the Gibson J-200. The J-200 Standard has generally been available in sunburst and natural finishes, featuring factory electronics, gold Gibson Deluxe (later, gold Grover) tuners, a solid Sitka Spruce top with scalloped X-bracing, figured maple back and sides, and a three-piece laminate neck (maple/rosewood/maple). It also has a bound rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl crown inlays, a rosewood moustache bridge with striking mother of pearl double inlays, and an engraved pickguard to add visual impact to its wonderful playability, with a 25.5 scale and a nut width of 1.725.This particular J-200 was the fourth one made on July 14, 1993 (serial number 91953004), and judging from the slight. Visible fret wear up through the 12. Fret or so, it has been played very well and frequently for over 25 years. There is also some slight finish crazing, and an almost invisible cleated crack at the edge of the sound hole. However, there are no other visible cracks or repairs anywhere, everything looks original, the working electronics are accessed through the standard end pin jack, and the action is set up for aggressive playing at a comfortable hair over 3/32 at the 12. Fret low E (with lotsa saddle and the truss rod if you want to tweak it lower). The original hard shell case is also in very good used condition, with just one missing latch (the one for the combination lockprobably removed by the previous owner when he forgot the combination), which is in the case pocket with the other case candy. The rest of the hardware all works, the green plush interior is suitably fuzzy and fits this guitar like the proverbial glove, theres an elegant green satin shroud to protect the top in the case, and theres a Gibson brass logo plate in the pocket if you want to add it. It certainly provides outstanding and authentic protection for this valuable instrument. I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this beautiful instrument and its case, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.
Thank you for your interest in this great guitar. The item "Stunning 1993 GIBSON J-200 Acoustic/Electric, Made in USA, VGCond. OHSC" is in sale since Saturday, October 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "alumpster" and is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
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