This is a vintage 1967 Gibson J-200 jumbo acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 892468, is in impeccably immaculate 100% all original condition and includes the original black hardshell case with original case key, the original owner’s manual (stamped “J-200”), and a full set of vintage strings. One of the coolest variations of the J-200, in that it features both a Tune-O-Matic bridge and Grover tuning machines. It also happens to be the same version J-200 played by John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger, and even Brian Jones.
It would be difficult to imagine a better example. The finish is perfectly preserved with no visible cosmetic defects. The original finish on the back of the body is a slightly weather-checked, however, there is no checking visible on the rest of the instrument. Even the gold hardware in near pristine condition. In areas where there is typically slight wear, such as the headstock, back of the neck, sides of the guitar, etc., this guitar resembles that of a brand new instrument, with no evidence of storage wear, and no visible UV exposure or fading.
In addition to this guitar being in near perfect physical condition, it is in perfect functional shape. The neck is perfeclty straight sighting down both sides, the Grovers hold perfect tune, the frets are perfectly intact exhibiting no wear, the Tune-O-Matic allows for precise intonation, the neck heel and bridge are solid as the day it was made.
The guitar showcases this era’s signature J-200 sound, with a more focused balanced. Not quite as projective as an earlier SJ-200 or ’50s J-200, mostly because of the Tune-O-Matic bridge, it is intuitively and innately great for recording. While it lacks a little low-end, this actually enhances it’s accessibility to be interpreted by a microphone.