Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Classic looks, powerful sound . . . a replica of Sheryl's prized '62 Gibson Country Western!
The Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a body similar to Gibson's J-45 slope-shoulder dreadnought, but with wider, square-shoulder accents on the upper bout. The radius top projects a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs.
In 1999, Sheryl Crow brought her beloved 1962 Gibson Country Western to Gibson Acoustic and asked for an identical replica with modern appointments, worried that her favorite acoustic would soon succumb to the rigors of the road. Gibson responded in kind with the introduction of the new Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series guitar”essentially a painstaking recreation of Crow's Country Western, but also a variation of Gibson's renowned Hummingbird.
Nickel Gotoh White Oval Button Tuner
Gibson's Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series features Gotoh's white oval button tuners. With a gear ratio of 15:1, these Gotoh tuners deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage, with a special lubricant inside the gear box for smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Gibson Crown Peghead Logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today's Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series. Over the years, it has also been called a "thistle" because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a "crown."
The yellow tortoise pickguard on the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is patterned after the shape of the pickguard on Gibson's Hummingbird. As with all Gibson's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, binding, and engraving are done by hand.
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series features a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Sheryl Crow Signature guitar.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is constructed from the highest-grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The Sheryl Crow's split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge”instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck. Gibson Acoustic's rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is similar to Gibson's J-45 slope shoulder dreadnought design, but with wider, square shoulder accents on the upper bouts. The top is made from AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from mahogany. This gives the guitar a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs, making it a desirable acoustic to a wide range of players and musical styles.
L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson Acoustic's Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element”or transducer”that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp featuring an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar, and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg's new "Battery Bagg."
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 bracing inside the body of the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series is a single "X" pattern similar to the design used inside Gibson's traditional dreadnoughts, most notably the vintage J-30s. This bracing pattern delivers a full, balanced expression, with blended dark lows and brilliant highs, making the Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series a desirable acoustic-electric guitar to a wide range of players and musical styles.
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Comments about Gibson Sheryl Crow Signature Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
The worst steel string acoustic guitar I ever heard was a Gibson, and the best steel string acoustic guitar I ever heard was also a Gibson; a Country Western from the early sixties. The sound haunted me and became the elusive tone for which I was forever searching. I was elated when Gibson offered the Sheryl Crow Signature model which is a semi-faithful recreation of a '62 Country Western. I bought one and although the tone is not quite yet that of the old guitar, it sounds wonderful and the potential is obviously there for greatness with the help of the magic that time adds to tonewoods. Some of the features are indeed more to my liking than the original. The 1 3/4" nut width is much more comfiortable to me than the ultra narrow width on the original I played. I did not look inside the old C&W, but I assume the braces were not scalloped as the SCS's are. which will allow for perhaps an accelerated opening up. The fit and finish, although just shy of Martin quality, are certainly very fine and way better than the sixties vintage guitar came with when new. The undersaddle pickup is also welcome and sounds bright and non-quacky through my Carvin tube amp - so nice in fact that I hear no reason to procure an acoustic amp. I got myself a replacement bone, compensated saddle for acoustic tone and a set of bone bridgepins which are not really necessary, but what the hell. I am quite happy with my Sheryl Crow Signature Model and it has become my main guitar. I can heartily recommend it for rhythmic strumming and fingerstyle ballading . . . perhaps not for Bluegrass flatpicked runs and solos, but I like mahogany guitars like this one for accompaniment and rosewood for single-string flatpicking, you may have different taste. If you are lookiing for a short-scale Dread which is deep, bright and balanced to back up your voice this may just be your pearl of great price.