Nickel Gotoh Open Back TunersThe Traveling Sonwriter EC features Gotoh SD510 Series open back tuners, delivering the smooth performance of sealed gear tuners in a new, redesigned format. These new Gotoh tuners combine the post collar found on enclosed gears onto the base plate of the open gear, allowing the post to align itself with the bushing that attaches the gear to the headstock. With a gear ratio of 18:1 and this new method of attachment, the new Gotoh SD510 Series tuners offer exceptional tuning performance and accuracy.
The tortoise pickguard for the Traveling Songwriter EC is a modified design based on Gibson’s standard CL style. It is exclusive to the Traveling Songwriter and, as with all of Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot InlaysThe fingerboard of Gibson’s Traveling Songwriter EC is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The Traveling Songwriter’s dot inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, measuring approximately ¼-inch in diameter, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. . The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge—instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Traveling Songwriter.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the Traveling Songwriter EC is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from one solid piece of mahogany, giving the Traveling Songwriter EC a balanced, warm tone with clear lows and solid treble registers. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped top bracing inside the body, which is lighter and allows the top freedom of movement. Hand-scalloped top bracing is a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. But at Gibson Acoustic, every acoustic features this type of bracing. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection beyond imagination.