This extremely well preserved consignment 1941 Gibson SJ 200 (Batch number 3186 G XX) well represents the top of the line 17″ Super Jumbo size “King of the Flat Tops”. The consigning owner wishes to keep the exact batch number confidential until the sale is completed. The features are standard for this year and include: Even grain Adirondack spruce top, Straight grain rosewood back and sides with simple chain link centerline purfling, Two piece figured maple neck with the original gold plated strap cord attachment, Gold plated sealed back Kluson tuners with catalin buttons, Cream colored headstock binding with black-cream-black purfling, Pearl script “Gibson” logo, Pearl “crown” inlay, Black and white truss rod cover, Bone nut with 1 11/16″ width, Brazilian rosewood square end fingerboard with pearl crown inlays, Cream body binding, Black-cream-black side purling, 25 1/2″ string scale, Soundhole purling is 7 layer cream and black outside ring and cream-black-cream inner ring, Engraved and inlaid floral pattern pickguard, Dark rosewood “moustache” cutout bridge with pearl blocks, single drop-in saddle, yellowed cream pins, and bridge bolts, Double X top bracing, Cream endpin with original gold plated cord strap attachment bracket.
The guitar is quite clean, with the only pick wear found on the bass side of the top adjacent to the low E string, between the bridge and soundhole. The single top ding is on the bass side near the soundhole and has a small sliding scratch through it. There is another small scratch (not a crack) on the treble side of the top near the edge of the upper bout. The single small body crack is located in the treble side near the heel at about the level of the inside lining. Neck reset and refret by Willi Henkes. Except for the possible bridge saddle replacement and new frets, all of the parts are original. It is estimated that fewer than 160 rosewood examples of the Super Jumbo 200 were made before 1944. This instrument is one of the very cleanest and most original guitars from this group that I have seen. The guitar easily responds to a pick with a large and even voice. With the original redline hardshell case and a heavy duty Hoffee shipping case.
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