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Gibson Releases the Orianthi SJ-200

Gibson Orianthi

Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres for 127 years and has emerged as relevant, played, and loved around the world. Gibson is proud to officially announce a new partnership with the Australian-born guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, aka Orianthi.


Fiery, Australian-born, platinum-selling, guitarist Orianthi Panagaris has been knocking people out with her playing for over a decade and has performed and collaborated with Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and Richie Sambora, among others. Orianthi worked with the luthiers at the Gibson Acoustic guitar facility in Bozeman, Montana to create her dream customized Gibson SJ-200 acoustic in a standout Cherry finish. Featuring an SJ-200 body with a AAA Sitka spruce top and flamed maple back paired with an ES-345 neck, it's definitely a bit different than a standard SJ-200 acoustic guitar. Other personal touches from Orianthi include an ebony fingerboard with new lotus neck inlays and a mother-of-pearl Orianthi "O" symbol on the headstock, gold Grover Keystone tuners, a distinctive Cherry nitrocellulose lacquer finish and an LR Baggs Orianthi Pickup System that was custom-voiced for Orianthi and features adjustable saturation and soundhole-mounted controls.

Gibson Orianthi SJ-200

Orianthi SJ-200


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Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

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Many sonic surprises. Great versatility. Excellent build quality

The pickup selector switch might be in a slightly awkward position for some players.

$2,029

PRS S2 Vela
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