Gibson details Orianthi’s new signature SJ-200 Custom acoustic-electric guitar

Acoustic body meets electric neck.

Gibson Orianthi SJ-200

Photo: Jim Louveau

Gibson has announced its partnership with Orianthi to produce the Orianthi SJ-200 Custom acoustic guitar – due out in May 2021.

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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.

Gibson Orianthi SJ-200
Image: Gibson

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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