This very special Gibson Custom Shop Southern Jumbo is one of only 12 made of its kind and released in the United States in 2006. The Gibson Southern Jumbo was originally released in 1942 as the Gibson SJ and replaced the J-55. It was targeted to Gibson’s dealers in southern states, and while it is structurally similar to the Gibson J-45, it is a bit fancier, with split parallelogram position markers and more binding. Under the leadership of Ren Ferguson, Gibson Acoustic in Montana obtained a number of historic instruments and based new models on careful reviews of their dimensions and construction. The Gibson Southern Jumbo is one of the results of that effort. There are often differences in some models from the originals, but the construction is the traditional Southern Jumbo – solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, and rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. The Gibson inlays on the headstock and the split parallelogram position markers are mother of pearl. Features –* Southern Jumbo Custom Shop 1957 Reissue* Limited Edition ~ Only 12 produced for USA* Round Shoulder Dreadnought* Premium Sitka Spruce Solid Top* Antique Sunburst Finish ~ Period correct* Mahogany Back & Sides* Top & Back Binding* Mother-of-Pearl Split Parallelogram Fret Inlays* Period Correct Fretwork* Mahogany Neck* 24-3/4” Scale Length* 1.693″ (1 5/8) Nut Width* Rosewood Fretboard* Rosewood Belly Bridge ~ with Mother-of-Pearl Dot Inlays!* Tortoise Pickguard* Bone Nut & Saddle* Gibson Vintage Tuners with Black Knobs* Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of AuthenticityBuilt by Gibson Custom Shop Montana in 2006, this Gibson Southern Jumbo is simply a superb top-of-the-line acoustic guitar with a wonderfully rich and full sound. It is very responsive, and very Gibson. The spruce & mahogany body combination give it a sweet definition with warm bass, a lush top-end response & and overall great projection. The action is nice and low and notes all the way up the neck are clean and clear. The finish is in excellent condition and the guitar has been meticulously well cared for and comes with original COA Certificate of Authenticity, a Gibson Acoustic Custom Hard Shell case, and papers from Gibson.