2003 Gibson SJ 200 Standard (consignment) SOLD

Comments The Gibson SJ 200 is one of the iconic steel string flat top guitars. Introduced in 1937, it was an immediate hit. While it’s a fairly large guitar – according to the 1938 Gibson catalog, the SJ designation stands for Super Jumbo, after all – it’s actually quite comfortable to play.Tonally, it’s very even, and can be rather loud with great projection. You can hear the Gibson SJ 200 on many recordings – and it’s a pretty safe bet that you have; it’s been on tunes from artists as diverse as Rev. Gary Davis, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Page, George Harrison, Gene Autry, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, Porter Wagoner, Pete Townsend, and countless others. The Everly Brothers used SJ 200s until Gibson created the slightly smaller J-185 for them.

For many players, the Gibson SJ 200 was a plain statement that you’d arrived.

This example, built in early 2003 at Gibson’s Bozeman, Montana acoustic shop, is a good illustration of the modern Gibson SJ 200 Standard. In good condition, it features a spruce top, flame maple back and sides, maple neck with bound headstock and rosewood fingerboard, and the instantly recognisable ‘moustache’ bridge and hand-painted pickguard. There is some wear on the pickguard paint, but otherwise the instrument is very clean.

Read about the Gibson-SJ-200 Standard at the Gibson website here

Serial Number 00370333, dating to Thursday, February 6, 2003. Built in Bozeman, Montana USA, under the watchful eye of Ren Ferguson.The date refers to the day the instrument passed Gibson QA and received its label (the model and serial number details on the label are added using an IBM Selectric typewriter!).
Pricing $2,899.00 Canadian with original case. SOLD
Neck Two-piece maple neck with bound headstock and rosewood fingerboard. Mother of pearl Gibson logo, headstock crown inlay, and crown position marker inlays. 25.5 inch scale length, 1.725 inch nut width, 12 inch fingerboard radius.
Frets Original frets with very minor wear.
Body Classic Gibson SJ-200 jumbo body, with spruce top and flame maple back and sides. Rosewood ‘moustache’ bridge with mother of pearl block inlays. Hand-painted SJ-200 pickguard.
Finish Clear gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, in good condition.
Hardware/electronics Original hardware with no pickups. Gold Kluson style tuners with plastic keystone buttons; Tusq ™ nut and saddle.
Playability/Action Plays well with lots of room to move the action around.
Case Original case included.


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