2002 Gibson USA SJ 200 Acoustic

The Blue Book Says…


– spruce top, round soundhole, black pickguard with engraved floral pattern, figured maple back/sides/neck, 14/20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl crown inlay, rosewood mustache bridge with pearl block inlay, black pearl dot pins, bound peghead with pearl plant/logo inlay, three-per-side gold tuners with pearl buttons, available in Antique Walnut, Natural, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1938-1942, and 1945-1996.

When this model was introduced in 1938, it was known as the Super Jumbo (SJ-200) and it featured rosewood back and sides (only approx. 100 mfg.). Some prototypes made during late 1937 were labeled “Super Jumbo” and “L-5 Spec.” In 1939, this model was renamed the Super Jumbo 200. In 1947, it was renamed in the company catalogs to the J-200. However, many instruments continued to be labeled SJ-200 well into the early 1950s. Pre-war instruments should be determined on a piece-by-piece basis as opposed to the usual market, as this model and many of Gibson’s high end instruments were not manufactured during the war – thus, there simply aren’t that many guitars available in the secondary marketplace.

When this model was originally released, it featured a single peghead binding. In 1948, Natural finish became an option. In 1960, adjustable saddle bridge became an option. In 1961, tune-o-matic bridge with pearl block inlay replaced original part/design. In 1969, adjustable saddle became standard. In 1971, ebony fingerboard replaced original part/design, non-adjustable bridge replaced previous part/design. In 1979, rosewood fingerboard replaced previous part/design. In 1994, Antique Ebony finish was introduced, pearl crown fingerboard inlay, gold hardware replaced previous part/design. In 1996, the ’50s Super Jumbo 200 model superseded the J-200 model (see listing below.)


– Sitka spruce top, round soundhole, abalone bound body/rosette, flame maple back/sides, maple neck, 14/20-fret bound Madagascar rosewood fingerboard with abalone crown inlays, Madagascar rosewood mustache bridge with abalone block inlay/white abalone dot pins, bound blackface peghead with abalone crown/logo inlay, three-per-side gold tuners, black pickguard with engraved floral pattern/abalone dot inlay, available in Antique Natural or Vintage Sunburst finishes, current mfg.

I say….

I love – I mean really love a Gibson SJ 200 – They’re Big Curvy and Beautiful – Just what you want in a woman – er sorry – a guitar…..   …..DOH! – Freudian slip :)

This one is in great condition and only shows the typical marks of a guitar that’s been used as an instrument and respected, rather than used as expensive wallpaper, it has clearly been well looked after and cared for.

I can actually find no marks or dents or dings on this – the only  noticeable damage is that the pickguard has had the floral pattern worn away .  Personally I’m just glad the pickguard was there – otherwise the top would be a mess!

Totally acoustic at the moment – but I’m toying with the idea of fitting an LR Baggs pickup as I did in my other SJ200.  Also  – one Gripe – why do Gibson make you spend $4000 on an acoustic and then put nasty cheap plastic bridge pins in it! – I’ve replaced them with a lovely brass and MOP inlaid set of handmade Buffalo Horn pins from Rothesay Music.

Comes with Original Hard Case as pictured.