Acoustical Guitar Review: Gibson J200 Jumbo


Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic - Review

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Model: Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Jumbo Acoustic
Top Material: Solid AAA Hand Selected Sitka Spruce.
Back & Sides: Solid AAA Curly Maple
Neck Material: AAA Curly Maple 14 Frets To Body
Finish: Nitrocellulose, Hand Applied and Finished
Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint "Set-In"
Fretboard: Madagascar Rosewood - Solid
Rosette: Handcrafted, Double Ring
Scale Length: 25.5"
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1.725" Finish: Body Gloss, Neck Satin
Bridge: Moustache Shape Madagascar Rosewood - Solid
Bracing: "X" Standard - Hand - Scalloped. Forward located to increase projection.
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Tuners:Gold Plated Waverly
Electronics: Fishman Ellipse Aura Standard


Gibson J200 Standard Jumbo List Price: $4,925.00 (incl. Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic Gibson J200 Acoustic Guitar

From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson’s J200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today—nearly 71 years later—the legacy of Gibson’s “King of the Flat-tops” lives on in the new Gibson J200 Standard.

Upon its introduction in the late 1930s, the J200 immediately filled a need for a deeper, more balanced and powerful sound. It gave purveyors of the new American music scene of the 1930s a reliable, well-built instrument, capable of projecting the sound of the guitar well beyond that of any other acoustic on the market—a fact that still holds true today.

It is simply the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, and certainly one of most popular, as evidenced by the list of players that have made it their primary acoustic instrument, among them Ray Whitley, Emmylou Harris, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Gram Parsons, and Pete Townshend .

Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar $4,925.00

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    Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners
    Crown Peghead Logo
    Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Graduated Crown Inlays
    Vintage Style Rosewood bridge with Bone Saddle
    AAA Spruce Top and AAA Curly Maple back and sides
    Fishman Ellipse Aura Electronics Package
    hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing
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Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic
Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic
Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic
Gibson J200 Jumbo Acoustic

Features: 9.0

The Gibson J200 has just about every feature known in the guitar-making world packed into the big jumbo guitar.

Set up with premium Gold Rotomatic tuners, with a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post.

The Gibson J200 Standard comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Ellipse Aura electronics package, which combines Fishman’s most sophisticated onboard preamp design with the power of the popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology.

Sound Production: 9.0

The top of the Gibson J200 Standard is made from beautiful AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Eastern curly maple, giving the J200 Standard a bright and crisp tone, and all the clarity and presence expected from a Gibson Super Jumbo.

Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars.

By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection.

The lightweight bracing pattern inside the Gibson J200 Standard—the same pattern used in Gibson’s first Super Jumbo in 1937—is constructed to support and strengthen a very large surface, thus allowing the top more freedom of movement to vibrate and project sound.

All of the care that goes into these guitars really shows from the first strum that you make across the strings of this big-bodied guitar. The trebles are clear and loud and of course the bass almost makes you shutter by the shear volume and richness of tone.

I would tend to classify this guitar more in the role of an incredible rhythm guitar, rather than a lead flatpick or flingerpicking guitar - that being said, because of the hand scalloping of the braces, this guitar could certainly hold it's own as a lead instrument too.

Action: 8.5

This guitar played perfectly as delivered. I would not have had to make any modifications to the action at either the nut or saddle end of the scale.

I will mention however, if you would be using this guitar for fingerstyle or flatpicking lead, I would definitely lower the action at the saddle just a bit. I don't believe the action is quite fast enough for strictly lead playing - only occasionaly going into a lead break.

Durability: 9.0

The Gibson J200 Standard is very solid and well made. Does not feel frail in the least bit. Top is solid and will withstand the tension from medium gage strings very well.

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Please do NOT put heavy gage strings on this guitar. When strumming the guitar, the sustain fades quite rapidly, but quite typical for a new guitar.

This guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.

Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.

Customer Service: 10.0

Be sure to register your Gibson 200 Standard. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Gibson repair center will take care of you.

Overall Score: 9.1

The Gibson J200 Standard Jumbo is a great sounding guitar just as it was when first produced back in the 1940's. Although thought of as more as a rhythm guitar, this guitar can stand on it's own as a lead instrument as well.

I just love all of the features that this guitar possesses, including the scalloped bracing, gold waverly tuners, custom pickguard, lacquer finish and the AAA Sitka top and AAA curly maple back and sides.

If you are looking for warm rhythm tones and rich lead tones, the Gibson J200 Standard Jumbo guitar will not disappoint you. Feel confident in playing any flatpicking melody or fingerstyle as well.

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