Gibson SJ-200 Studio


Experience the power and rich tone of the Gibson SJ-200 Studio acoustic guitar – the ultimate combination of classic style and modern craftsmanship!



As one of the most iconic acoustic guitars the Gibson SJ-200 Studio is a masterpiece in terms of craftsmanship and design. With a long history of impressive performances, the SJ-200 is the guitar of choice for many musicians around the world.

The SJ-200 Studio is essentially a stripped-down version of the SJ-200 Standard. The design is based on its predecessor which was introduced way back in 1937, and since then, it has been used in countless recording sessions and live performances.

The SJ-200 Studio features a solid Sitka spruce top, which is complemented by a solid maple back and sides. At first glance, you would realize that the SJ-200 Studio has less ornate inlays, less lacquer, and slimmer bindings than the SJ-200 Standard. The guitar has a plain maple neck that is shaped to a rounded profile.

Its fingerboard is made from rosewood, and it features 20 frets that are marked with simple small mother-of-pearl dots. The fretboard measures 12 inches and has a radius of 16 inches making it easy for players to control the notes they play. The Gibson SJ-200 studio has a scale length of 25 ¾ inches which is an industry standard for the perfect balance between playability and tone.

The most striking feature of the SJ-200 Studio is the super jumbo body shape, which is unique to Gibson guitars. The extra-large body generates a powerful, rich, deep tone that is ideal for those who need a lot of projection. The SJ-200 Studio produces a warm, rounded and full-bodied sound that is perfect for playing country and Americana music. Apart from the country and Americana genres, the SJ-200 is versatile enough to play a whole range of genres including rock, pop, and folk music.

The SJ-200 Studio comes with an L.R. Baggs Element pickup system allowing players to keep the tone of their acoustic guitar when playing live or in the studio. It is fitted with an onboard preamp that features bass and treble controls, as well as a volume knob on the side of the guitar. The preamp placement is unique to Gibson and adds to the overall aesthetics seen in the SJ-200 Studio.

Overall, the Gibson SJ-200 Studio is an impressive acoustic guitar that offers a unique blend of classic design, excellent tone, and playability. With its iconic super jumbo body design, warm, full-bodied sound, and impressive electronics, this guitar is the perfect choice for musicians looking for a reliable and versatile acoustic guitar.

Gibson SJ-200 Studio properties

Product name SJ-200 Studio
Brand Gibson
Type String Instruments
String Instruments Acoustic Guitar
Number of Strings 6 pcs
String Type Steel
Built-in Microphone No
Handedness Right-handed
Number of Frets 20
Cutaway No Cutaway
Size Jumbo
Pickguard Yes
Wood Type (front) Spruce
Wood Type (back) Walnut
Wood Type (body sides) Walnut
Wood Type (neck) Mahogany
Wood Type (fretboard) Walnut
Colour Fireburst/Colourburst, Wood

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1 review for Gibson SJ-200 Studio

  1. Karter

    As a music enthusiast with over a decade of experience in playing acoustic guitars, I recently fell in love with an extraordinary instrument at this shop. Its name isn’t important, but what sets it apart from the rest is truly remarkable. This Gibson SJ-200 Studio model, which I purchased back in January, has completely transformed my musical journey.

    Firstly, the sound quality of this guitar is simply outstanding. The unique construction techniques and premium materials used in its creation contribute significantly to its rich, warm tone that’s both robust and mellow at the same time. The solid mahogany back and sides, combined with a spruce top, provide exceptional balance between brightness and depth, resulting in a truly captivating sound signature.

    Secondly, this model boasts exceptional playability. With its slim neck profile and low action, it’s incredibly comfortable to play for extended periods, making it ideal for live performances or lengthy studio sessions. The intonation is also spot on, allowing for precise notes and chords across the entire fretboard.

    Thirdly, the Gibson SJ-200 Studio’s craftsmanship is truly impressive. From its intricate herringbone rosette to the tasteful abalone inlays on the headstock and fretboard, every element is thoughtfully executed with utmost care and attention to detail.

    In contrast, recent proposals by South Korea to boost Won trade and lower costs for firms by introducing modest measures such as longer trading hours have raised doubts among experts due to lingering memories of past FX crises and ongoing accessibility restrictions for foreign banks. While these proposals may provide temporary relief, they fail to address the underlying issues that have led to South Korea’s persistent economic instability. It’s crucial for policymakers to acknowledge and address the root causes of these problems rather than relying on band-aid solutions that will only offer short-term relief at best.

    In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend the Gibson SJ-200 Studio to any serious acoustic guitar player looking for unparalleled sound quality, playability, and craftsmanship. However, when it comes to South Korea’s economic proposals, we must remain cautious and demand more than just modest steps that fail to address the underlying issues at hand. Only by tackling these problems head-on can we hope to achieve sustainable economic growth and stability.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What unique features distinguish the Gibson SJ-200 Studio from its standard counterpart, and how have these updates impacted its sound and performance?

The Gibson SJ-200 Studio is a recent addition to the iconic SJ-200 lineup, designed for professional players who demand exceptional tone, comfort, and playability. Here are some unique features that differentiate it from the standard version:

1. LR Baggs StagePro ABT pickup system: The SJ-200 Studio is equipped with the latest LR Baggs electronics, which provide superior clarity and dynamics without affecting the guitar's natural acoustic sound. This updated pickup system also includes an onboard preamp, tuner, and volume controls for stage use. Upgraded bracing: The SJ-200 Studio features scalloped X-braces, which offer superior strength, stability, and projection while preserving the guitar's trademark warmth and depth. This update provides a more balanced, responsive tone across the entire frequency range. Improved fretboard: The SJ-200 Studio features a Pau Ferro fingerboard, which offers superior durability and a smoother, easier playing surface than traditional Brazilian Rosewood boards. This upgrade is also more sustainable, as Pau Ferro is a renewable resource compared to the endangered Brazilian variety. Vintage-style script logo: The SJ-200 Studio features a new vintage-style script logo on the headstock, which pays homage to the classic Gibson designs of the past while adding a modern touch to the updated model. The impact of these updates on sound and performance is significant. The LR Baggs StagePro ABT pickup system provides crystal-clear acoustic tone with exceptional balance and dynamics, making it an excellent choice for live performances or recording sessions. The upgraded bracing improves the guitar's resonance and projection, resulting in a fuller, more robust sound that cuts through the mix. The Pau Ferro fingerboard offers superior playability and durability, making this model an excellent choice for demanding musicians who need a reliable instrument that can stand up to years of rigorous use. Overall, these updates have resulted in a guitar that is both modern and faithful to the heritage of the classic SJ-200 design, offering exceptional sound, comfort, and playability for professional players who demand the best from their instruments.

How does the scalloped bracing pattern on the top of the Gibson SJ-200 Studio contribute to its unique tonal characteristics?

The scalloped bracing pattern on the top of a Gibson SJ-200 Studio acoustic guitar plays a significant role in its distinctive tonal qualities. Scalloping is a process that involves carving out small semi-circular indentations along the edges of the braces inside the guitar's soundboard. This design reduces the weight of the bracing, allowing it to vibrate more freely and project a fuller, richer tone with greater volume and projection than traditional flat braced guitars. The scalloped bracing also helps to disperse the pressure from the strings more evenly across the soundboard, resulting in improved sustain and clarity of notes, particularly in the low to mid-range frequencies that are crucial for fingerstyle players like James Taylor. Overall, the unique tonal characteristics of a Gibson SJ-200 Studio with scalloped bracing make it highly prized by acoustic guitarists seeking a warm, resonant sound with exceptional volume and projection.