Hail to the king: Gibson introduces two special Elvis acoustic guitars with the Dove and SJ-200

Now many guitarists made an acoustic guitar look as rock ' roll as Elvis Aaron Presley so its only fitting Gibson is doffing its cap to the King with an Elvis SJ-200 and Dove. Two acoustics that mark two very different stages of the legend's career. 

The new Gibson Elvis Dove in Ebony is based on a customised 1969 model that was gifted to the King by his father, Vernon Presley. Elvis played it in concert regularly from 1971 through 1975 – most famously during the satellite-televised Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973. 

But in a surprising move during an Asheville, NC concert in 1975, Elvis gifted the Gibson Dove to an audience member called Mike Harris. It went up for auction in 2016


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The new Gibson Elvis Dove in Ebony features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid maple back, sides, and a mahogany neck with an Indian rosewood fretboard.

The new Dove is stage-ready with a modern LR Baggs VTC electronics with an under-saddle piezo pickup and soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls.

Gibson previously issued an Ebony Elvis Dove model in the mid-'90s, that you can see in the video below. 

The Gibson SJ-200 is based on a guitar that was another gift and Elvis in turn gave way. I twas first given to the musician at a recording session at the iconic RCA Studio B in Nashville in the mid '60s. Elvis then gave it to his close friend and aide at Graceland Marty Lacker.


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The new Gibson Elvis SJ-200 features a maple back, sides, and neck, as well as a Sitka spruce top. 

The guitar features a  mother-of-pearl graduated crown and parallelogram inlays, an iconic Moustache bridge and an Indian rosewood fingerboard, and comes equipped with an LR Baggs VTC under-saddle pick up. 


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Both guitars come with a Kenpo Karate decal included in the hardshell case as a further nod to Elvis.

The Gibson Elvis Dove is $4,699 and the Elvis SJ-200 is $5,299. More info on the SJ-200 and Dove.

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.