Gibson has announced its partnership with Orianthi to produce the Orianthi SJ-200 Custom acoustic guitar – due out in May 2021.
The Australian guitarist began collaborating with the luthiers of Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop in late 2019, after a visit to the Gibson Acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana.
One of the signature model’s key features is that it pairs the classic J-200 body with a neck closely inspired by the Gibson ES-345.
“The body is such a full sounding guitar, I mean, being an SJ-200 and everything,” Orianthi said. “Having an electric guitar neck on the acoustic body is like just a perfect scenario.”
The guitar’s body sports a AAA Sitka spruce top and maple back, finished in a cherry nitrocellulose lacquer. Completing the guitar’s ornate look are gold Grover keystone tuners, mother-of-pearl dot inlays in the neck and a special pickguard with Lotus Flowers design.
Meanwhile, the electronics are also signature. It’s an LR Baggs Orianthi System with under-saddle piezo pickup and a sound hole mounted preamp.
According to Orianthi, collaborating with Gibson on her first custom acoustic guitar was “truly an honour”.
“I couldn’t be happier!” she said. “It’s the same full SJ-200 sound, but it plays much faster with a 345 neck on it, and with the modified unique LR Baggs custom pickup, it’s a balanced guitar and cuts through.”
The Orianthi SJ-200 Custom will be available in May 2021. Information on pricing has yet to be announced.
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