The Highest Level of Craftsmanship
If you're serious about both your playing and your versatility, you need a super-jumbo acoustic in your rack. And the prince of super-jumbos has always been Gibson's revered SJ-200. In 1998 Gibson paid high tribute to the grain fields of the state where their acoustic factory is located, with the Montana Gold model, with nothing but the highest level of craftsmanship, from tip to toe.
The Gibson press release for the model's launch stated: "This stunning acoustic guitar was designed by Gibson Acoustic’s master luthier Ren Ferguson, and is a testament to the skill and spirit of the Gibson’s guitar builders in Bozeman, Montana. The simple elegance of the Custom Montana Gold is evident in every detail, including its AAA-grade Sitka spruce top, with matching AAA-grade Eastern curly maple back and sides, releasing a rich, full, and balanced high end and grand projection. The traditional Super Jumbo body delivers a deep, rich tone, while hand-scalloped top bracing offers added strength and a lighter top, enhancing the guitar’s sonic projection."
Twenty a year
In production from 1998 until 2012, every one of these sonically and aesthetically stunning instruments was fully hand crafted, from start to finish, by the Gibson Custom Shop's top acoustic guitar builders. The labor intensive process meant no more than around twenty a year were completed. Our model here was completed in mid-March of 2008, and was just the 88th in the Montana Gold's limited run.
From the AAA-grade timbers to the gold Grover Imperial tuners, (exact reproductions of the originals), the Montana Gold SJ-200 is premium everything! Ebony fingerboard, with rolled edges and genuine mother-of-pearl block inlays; meticulously hand set dovetail neck joint; a hand tuned top sheet, radiused in-concert with the hand-scalloped braces, effectively turning the whole top of the guitar into a sonic projector, especially boosting the mids, for a perfectly balanced acoustic spread.
The previously mentioned top braces - every one hand-shaped for each individual guitar - follow the same pattern as the original 1937 SJ, lightweight and hand-tuned to deliver a rich, full, and balanced high end, plus the powerful, deep lows and monster projection that Gibson Super Jumbos are renowned for. Our soundfile really shows off the incredible range and astonishing string-to-string definition of this amazing guitar.
The custom designed headstock inlay, showing the Montana Gold banner logo against a bounteous wheat-sheaf, is hand-cut gold and white mother-of-pearl. The scratchplate similarly features hand-engraved and hand-painted clusters of wheat bearing the Montana Gold banner logo. Finally, the guitar is fully hand-finished in 9 coats of nitro, then hand buffed to an almost glass-like lustre, this meticulous and costly finishing process replicating the same process that Gibson began way back in 1984!
Exclusive to Gibson 5-Star Dealers in the US, the Montana Gold SJ-200 is one of the world's most highly desirable acoustic instruments, with prices rising steadily since the limited run ceased production in 2012. Complete with its original hard shell case and paperwork, the guitar is in Excellent++ condition and 100% ready to enhance your musical productivity and enjoyment in ways you've previously only dreamt of.
LR Baggs pickup option
We will be happy to custom install our acoustic pickup of choice, the LR Baggs M1 Active, at our cost, if purchased at the same time as the guitar. Our cost is currently $265. Please advise us if you wish to have this stunning soundhole pickup option added to the guitar.
Free courier delivery
FREE COURIER DELIVERY is included to any address in Australia. ($100 airfreight to New Zealand, $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries. International freight added at checkout)