The body of The Kristofferson exactly as it is on his original Southern Jumbo, which is known as a slope shoulder dreadnought. The top is made from AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade, quarter sawn mahogany, giving The Kristofferson a volume that projects as good as the sound is rich and warm, with highs and lows balanced to near perfection. 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, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. 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. The Kristofferson features a variation of Gibson’s “X” bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design — exactly as it appeared in the first Southern Jumbo in 1942 — delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. When pushed for more volume, The Kristofferson projects a natural compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment.