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A word in advance ... Made to Measure (M2M) – Exclusive and unique!
An exquisite acoustic guitar from the Gibson "Made to Measure" (M2M) program is truly not an off-the-shelf instrument! These extraordinary acoustic instruments from the Gibson Custom Shop are all handcrafted one-offs, in which the highest quality tonewoods are individually assembled and processed. In a word: dream guitars with high potential!
It all started with a singing Cowboy ...
The history of the Gibson SJ-200 goes way back to the 30s of the last century. The prototype of the "Super Jumbo" was made by Gibson in 1937 especially for Ray Whitley, a Hollywood star known from cowboy movies. Appropriately, the presentation of the impressive SJ-200 took place during a rodeo in Madison Square Garden, which unexpectedly resulted in a huge response. Because of this, Gibson decided to start series production of the SJ-200 in 1938. Due to its extraordinary sound, it was soon given the characteristic nickname "King of Flat-Tops". By now the SJ-200 has long since achieved icon status and found countless followers among famous guitarists from all music genres, such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Neil Young, John Lennon, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood and Noel Gallagher, just to name a few.
M2M SJ-200 Guitar-Place Order
In order to pay tribute to this icon among flat-top guitars, Guitar-Place decided to order a very special version of an SJ-200 in the Gibson Custom Shop as part of the "Made to Measure" program. Only the very best and hand-selected tone woods should be used here. Here are the tonewoods in detail and why we deliberately chose them:
Top wood: Thermally aged red spruce
The American red spruce originates from the Appalachian Mountains and has become an extremely rare tree species due to forest fires and clearings. It is an excellent tonewood and is used exclusively for high-quality acoustic instruments due to its excellent vibration behavior.
Back and sides wood: Attractive bird's eye maple
It's well known that maple is one of the most frequently used tonewoods for acoustic guitars due to its excellent tonal characteristics. One of the most impressive species of maple is the "Birdseye Maple", in which the wood is given a unique pattern due to a growth defect that looks like a collection of small bird's eyes. Here, nature in its unique creativity has created a work of art that holds many secrets. What stories might be hidden behind this collection of wild bird's eyes which carries this fascinating wood within itself?
Neck wood: Classic 2-piece maple
In fact, our conscious choice of high quality maple for the neck material is something of a historical link between the past and the present. Since the beginning of the instrument making, this well sounding tonewood has been a permanent component and is the first choice for many musicians yesterday and today. Maple fans even say that in every maple neck there is a piece of that vintage flair hidden, which revives the feeling of the early years of musical awakening.
Fingerboard wood: Indian rosewood
Along with maple, rosewood is the absolute classic when it comes to the fingerboard. In terms of structure and sound, Indian rosewood comes closest to the coveted but protected Brazilian rosewood. That is why we made a conscious decision to use this wood. Indian rosewood has a chocolate to violet brown color and reddish-black stripes. Indian rosewood has round, strong and very harmonious sound characteristics.
The sound of the M2M Gibson SJ-200!
Now we come to the most important point – the sound of the M2M Gibson SJ-200. With acoustic instruments in particular, a perfect tone is ultimately the decisive factor. This is the only way to give his player a positive playing feel and create that magic in which musician and instrument become one. Overall, the M2M SJ-200 impresses with its excellent tonal balance. The entire sound spectrum is ideally reproduced due to the powerful "Super Jumbo" design, which ensures clear highs, defined mids and warm and rich basses. The M2M SJ-200 convinces with its legendary Gibson tone with an absolutely addictive vintage character.
More specs of the M2M SJ-200
In the style of the old originals, there is a pickguard with classic floral ornaments and a bridge in the striking "Mustache" shape. The fingerboard and headstock have the well-known "Mother in Pearl" crown inlays and gold-plated Imperial tuners.
The perfect singer-songwriter guitar!
Whether strumming, flat picking or finger picking – this M2M Gibson SJ-200 is the perfect tool for all playing techniques and all music genres. The perfect singer-songwriter guitar that delivers the iconic Gibson sound with vintage flair for your studio and live performance!
- Model: SJ-200 Birdseye Maple Made to Measure (Custom Shop)
- handmade in Bozeman/Montana
- Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint - Hide Glue Construction
- Shape: SJ-200
- Top: Thermally Aged Adirondack (Red) Spruce, solid
- Back & Sides: Birdseye Maple, solid
- Finish: Highgloss Nitrocellulose, Double Antique Natural
- Bracing: Traditional hand scalloped X-bracing
- Binding: Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
- Rosette: Abalone
- Pickguard: SJ-200 no border
- Material: 2-piece Maple
- Shape: Round
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Fretboard Radius: 12"
- Fretboard Inlays: Mother-of-pearl Graduated Crowns
- Sidedots: Black
- Scale Length: 25.5" / 647.7mm
- Frets: 20
- Width at Nut: 1.72" / 43.81mm
- Nut Material: Bone
- Tuner: Imperials, Gold
- Bridge Material: Rosewood - Standard
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Hardshell Case
- Certificate of Authenticity
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