The J-200 enjoys an iconic status only shared by a couple other flattop guitars, and this is the cleanest example of the model we've ever had in the shop.
Why We Love This
There is nothing not to love about this 1952 Gibson SJ-200 if you're a vintage guitar aficionado. Tone, condition, pedigree ... only the highest marks are available for this guitar. And if we can be allowed a moment of pure, hardcore indulgence ~ just look at this thing! The J-200 enjoys an iconic status only shared by a couple other flattop guitars, and this is certainly the cleanest, most well-preserved example of the model we've ever had in the shop.
This instrument was acquired from the daughter of the original owner; and it's been in Massachusetts its whole life. Said original owner was a singer-songwriter and state cultural liason of some repute in the 60's and 70's, and his Gibson guitars were his prized possessions. Pride of ownership abounds in every inch of this J-200, which looks like it was wiped down and put neatly in its case after every use. There's a small area of wear on the bass side of the neck, in the first position, where one's thumb would wrap whilst making cowboy chords. The beginnings of a pickguard crack are visible, though this blemish is superficial. A small amount of air can be seen between the bottom of the bridge and the top, though considering the bridge is bolted in place this issue does not seem worth tampering with at this time.
In summary, this guitar's exceedingly minor issues are being left as-is in the name of preserving its 100% all-original status. It's very playable, with a functioning truss rod, and needs no setup work. The original frets have plenty of life in them, and the saddle could be brought down, should the next owner desire lower action. The sound is sublime, with the sort of power, focus, and three-dimensional chime that have made the J-200 the choice of rhythm-guitar-playing country vocalists for the last 70 years. Priced with its original hardshell case and accompanying hang tag.
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