Here we have a 2003 Gibson SJ-200 Custom Vine with Brazilian rosewood back and sides!
As you know, Gibson never produced very many guitars with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Rumors have persisted that the original pre-war SJ-200s were built with Brazilian rosewood, but this is not true. Indian rosewood was used. There have only been a few rare examples of Brazilian SJ-200s in the history of Gibson. This is one of the finest examples in existence. I'm thrilled to have it in my possession.
This guitar is stunning! The guitar’s obvious standout visual feature is the inlay work, consisting of abalone vines on the fretboard and headstock. This vine was designed by Ren Ferguson in the late 90's, and is one of the best-looking inlay patterns you'll ever see on a guitar.
As you can imagine, the tone from a Brazilian rosewood SJ-200 is second-to-none. The huge body already gives this guitar a large presence. Add Brazilian rosewood to the equation and you have an exquisite result: huge sound, massive bass, endless sustain. This guitar has it all.
Believe it or not, this guitar even features a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge. Brazilian rosewood is the only wood more desirable than ebony for a fretboard/bridge combo. You'll be hard pressed to find another like this. The guitar also features a Sitka spruce top, and flamed maple neck.
Abalone purfling adorns each edge of this beautiful guitar – top, back, and sides. This much purfling is extremely rare on Gibson guitars.
The tuners are hand engraved Waverly tuners. These tuners are a staple of high-end luxury guitars. They are magnificent!
The guitar is in near mint condition, having no flaws.