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Gibson SJ200 Sunburst 1940 rare vintage guitar
Only about 90 of Gibson’s most elaborate and high end flattop were made before WW2, after which it changed in so many respects to make production cheaper that it essentially became a different, much less desirable instrument (still very good, though). Prewar specimens are the most desirable Gibson guitar in history, not only due to rarity but also because of the quality of material and workmanship, and ultimately: sound. A rosewood SJ-200 roars like no other guitar while still maintaining a surprising amount of responsiveness irrespective of its size.
This particular guitar shows how much it has been loved and played, but the playing wear is all in the right places to make for an incredible patina and vibe. Even though the model in its original version was short-lived, only 4 years, the surviving specimens show a surprising variety of features. This particular instrument happily combines what most vintage lovers see as the most desirable features of the model
- very highly figured rosewood (while most others are rather plain)
- pointed fingerboard end (while many have a square end)
- rich dark sunburst (while most were of a lighter variety)
- gold plated engraved Grover G-98 tuning machines (while others have the bulky Klusons)
In short: amongst the rarest of the rare, this particular guitar is perhaps the most desirable due to the combination of features – and its tone.
When some restoration, expertly and mostly undetectable, was done to it, the seasoned Nashville luthier whom it was entrusted, and who has had a great many of vintage come through his workshop, pointed out that he regarded this particular instrument as the best sounding vintage guitar he has come across in his entire career.
This guitar comes with the Correct “tweed” (with two stripes) Period case- Consignment sale