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1996 Gibson J-200 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Blonde, Flame Maple, Yamano w/ Case & Tags


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Up for sale, a 1996 Gibson J-200 vintage reissue jumbo acoustic guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, finished in Blonde gloss nitro lacquer with deep and consistent curly flame figuring across the back and sides. Complete with the original hardshell case and all factory paperwork noting Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, this J-200 was originally sold to the Japanese domestic market, befitting Yamano's reputation for demanding Gibson's finest woods, often a cut above what arrives to most USA dealers.

The model described by Gibson as "King of the Flat-tops" is truly an impressive instrument both visually and sonically, and few acoustic instruments can match the sheer projection and power of a J-200. With a lower bout that's 17" in width, and a body depth of over 4 1/2", the tone is defined and clear, taking full advantage of the articulate top end snap of maple and the classic, balanced tone of a solid spruce top. Delivering more warmth and richness than is often afforded a maple back/sides jumbo, this J-200 is representative of a guitar that’s been played and had time to open up over a number of decades. Weighing 4lbs 11oz, this J-200 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with bronze 12-53 strings and comfortable action all the way up the fretboard.

The maple neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve, very representative of a 1959 neck shape with round yet not overt shoulders and ideal heft, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features graduated crown inlays and stock slender fretwire. These slim "banjo" frets have decent grooves beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-5, with wear extending just beneath the B and growing fainter until fret 9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale with notes that ring out and sustain as they should, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The carved bone nut measures 1.725" in width (an ideal middle ground between 1 11/16" and 1 3/4"). The bound headstock features the Gibson logo and crown inlaid in pearl, along with the original set of gold Gibson Deluxe Kluson-style tuning machines with lightly greened tulip buttons.

On the body, the guitar features the J-200's iconic flower and dot silkscreened graphics on the tortoise pickguard, as well as the open moustache rosewood bridge that defines the look of a true Gibson jumbo. The saddle has been upgraded with a carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain, with good height for future adjustment. The body is framed by lightly ambered multi-ply binding, and the Blonde nitro lacquer finish highlights the deep valleys of three-dimensional curly figuring in the maple which extends liberally across the back and sides.

There is light wear on the pickguard's silkscreen graphics across the strum path, and pick wear through the gloss to the bass side of the fretboard extension on top. The spruce top has tight lacquer checking, with fainter, more sporadic broad checking on the back. There is a small plug on the binding just below the endpin, one small spot of light buckle rash central to the back, and a few minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with all original factory paperwork noting Gibson USA manufacture and Yamano distribution.