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If the Gibson J-45 is known as a workhorse acoustic, the SJ-200 is something else. This giant of a guitar is a thoroughbred, large of size and sound, stunning in looks, and is known by guitarists the world over as King of the Flat Tops…
All Hail King of the Flat Tops!
Although it first appeared in Gibson’s catalogue in 1938, the first SJ-200s were crafted in ‘37. So let’s throw that 80th birthday right now. After all, the J-200 is probably the most famous acoustic guitar ever built. And much of the reason for that is, like it or not, visual.
With its 17-inch-wide body, the original Super Jumbo was bigger than the biggest. Louder than the loudest. Fancier than the fanciest! With its floral pickguard, mustache bridge, and “crest” fingerboard inlays, the SJ-200 made a more flamboyant aesthetic splash than any of its competitors.