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1997 Gibson J-200 Jumbo Guitar Antique Natural, Heavily Figured & Near-Mint w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson J-200 jumbo in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This faithful reissue of Gibson's circa 1948 SJ-200N is finished in Antique Natural high gloss nitro lacquer, boasting a solid X-braced Sitka spruce top, paired with solid, highly-figured flame maple back and sides.

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 of this particular Gibson Jumbo is extremely bold, full and even-sounding, with equal presence and power afforded each string. Offering more warmth than a new instrument, and emblematic of the richness of a soundboard that's been worked-in over a number of decades, there's a relaxed growl and tons of projection when digging in with a flatpick. Maple’s rubbery snap and articulation is also on full display, and this J-200 simply checks all the boxes. Weighing 4lbs 15oz, this J-200 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with bronze 12-53 strings and easy-playing action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Flame maple
-Shape: 50s-style C, full shoulders, measuring .885" deep at 1st fret, .945" at 9th
-Fretboard: Rosewood
-Frets: Medium jumbo (refret), light wear beneath B and High E strings on frets 1-5
-Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Nut: 1.725"
-Tuners: Gibson Deluxe (Kluson-style), push-in bushings, keystone buttons

Body specs:

-Wood: Spruce, Flame maple
-Bracing: X-bracing
-Bridge: Rosewood, Open Moustache, tall bone saddle
-Pickguard: Tortoise
-Serialization: Orange oval label, 1997 build date

The Antique Natural gloss nitro lacquer exhibits light lacquer checking on top, with much more subtle checking on the rims near the rear strap button. The flame figuring is notably deep and consistent, even for a J-200, and the lacquer was applied quite thin, so much so that the very subtle texturing of the flame can be felt through the lacquer. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor marks and light finish scratches consistent with extremely careful use.

The original brown Gibson Montana hardshell case with purple plush interior is included.