It looks like 2016 will be a vintage year for Gibson acoustic guitars! The new models recently announced look amazing, and the first ones to arrive at PMT didn't disappoint: the much-loved, traditional J45 and SJ200 look as classic as ever, but with slight improvements that make them even better than before!
Across the entire Gibson 2016 line, performance-driven product improvements were instated, focusing on playability, sound, and performance of their iconic instruments. Which means, these guitars look totally classic, but are arguably much better than previous models!
And as is becoming the trend now, some of the traditional-shaped acoustic guitars are coming with a subtle pickup system, just to give the player the option of plugging it live, which is just great for performers who don't like the usual cutaway shape of most Acoustic/Electric instruments.
The Gibson changes for their 2016 models include:
- Upgraded Pickup: LR Baggs Anthem pickup for excellent acoustic sound reproduction
- Truss Rod Cover: New 2016 engraved truss rod cover
- Improved Feel: Fingerboard edge is softened to comfortably fit the contour of the player's hand
- Enhanced Finish: Finer grit sandpaper and polishing compounds for high gloss finish
- Premium Setup: Utilizing state-of-the-art German engineered Plek technology to create the finest playing surface possible. Hand finished for the world's finest feel and playability
- Smoother hand rubbed and oiled fingerboard and bridges: New penetrating and finishing oil lasts longer and maximizes wood’s natural vibrancy
At the moment, two Gibson 2016 models have landed at PMT: the Gibson SJ-200 Standard in Vintage Sunburst, and the Gibson J-45 Standard in Vintage Sunburst. They are two of the most iconic and enduring acoustic guitar models ever, used over the years by some of the biggest names in music, from Bob Dylan and The Beatles to Noel Gallagher and many, many others.
If you want to try one of the Gibson 2016 models for yourself, they are now in stock at selected PMT Stores: the SJ200 can be found at PMT Birmingham and PMT Manchester, while the J45 is currently in stock at PMT Birmingham, PMT Leeds, PMT Norwich and PMT Bristol. But attention - stocks are limited!
You can also buy and collect your Gibson 2016 acoustic from your local PMT Store.
By Ivan Silva