Gibson Acoustic’s New Songmaker Series: Gibson Craftsmanship for All Players
Gabriel J. Hernandez
Following in the footsteps of legends is not an easy task. However, if first impressions are everything, the new Songmaker Series of guitars from Gibson Acoustic may set some new precedents.
Riding a huge wave of success following the line’s official introduction at the recently completed Summer NAMM ’08 in Nashville, TN, Gibson Acoustic’s new Songmaker Series are the talk of the industry, as much for their broad range of incredible tones as they are for the new line’s extensive array of models.
And as much as people were raving at Summer NAMM ’08 about the selection and quality of the new Songmakers, they were also pleasantly surprised by the line’s affordability.
Gibson Acoustic has unquestionably succeeded in blending Gibson’s time-honored craftsmanship and features with a unique combination of modern appointments to produce an affordable line of Dreadnought and Grand Concert body acoustics that are certain to appeal to a large audience.
Gibson’s pioneering ingenuity has once again resulted in an impressive lineup of 12 distinctly different models, all of them made from solid wood and sporting features such as Gibson’s traditional scalloped bracing, double acting truss rods, premium Sitka spruce tops, and optional cutaway designs equipped with Fishman’s remarkable Prefix Pro Blend electronics.
“The Summer NAMM show confirmed what we suspected all along: that the design and positioning of this Songmaker Series was going to be a hit,” said Chris Griffiths, Operations Manager at Gibson Acoustic. “They were all designed to take several key features and successes from our past and put them together in a contemporary and affordable package that hasn’t been done before. It’s been an honor to be involved in a project that is, essentially, building upon 100 years of fretted instrument manufacturing history. To fully appreciate what I’m saying, you’ll have to play one.”
Pulling from Gibson Acoustic’s storied past, the new Songmaker Series models feature a J-45 headstock, the rosette of the SJ-200, the pickguard from the Blues King, and the bridge from the Woody Guthrie Southern Jumbo. These timeless features were then blended with two classic body styles, the legendary dreadnought and the grand concert, and three traditional guitar-making woods—quilted maple, mahogany, and rosewood—creating a series of guitars for every personal preference.
All of the new models feature solid Sitka spruce tops, but players have their choice of solid quilted maple, solid mahogany, or solid rosewood for the back and sides. All three choices of woods are available in both a standard body design and a cutaway, which is specifically patterned for players wanting access to the higher frets. The back and sides of all the models—except the quilted maple models—receive a smooth satin finish. The quilted maple models are given a high gloss finish.
Other significant appointments include a solid mahogany, 25½-inch scale neck with an ebony fingerboard, rosewood or white bolteron binding, genuine mother of pearl dot inlays, chrome hardware, and Tusq saddles, nuts, and bridge pins. The headstock and peghead carry the iconic Gibson logo in silk-screened gold letters. In addition, every Songmaker Series acoustic comes with its own standard hard shell case from Gibson Acoustic.
The Songmaker Series is the latest addition to Gibson Acoustic’s long, storied history of tradition and excellence. Playing style and skill level aside, experience the latest extension of this rich past with any one of the Songmaker Series’ 12 new and affordable offerings at your nearest Gibson Acoustic dealer.
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