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"This is my dream acoustic" – Gibson releases the Orianthi SJ-200

Thirty years ago, a six-year-old Orianthi's first guitar was a Gibson – a Cherry red ES-125. So there's a full circle element to her Gibson SJ-200 signature acoustic guitar.  "This is my dream acoustic," she says in the Q&A with Gibson above to launch the new $5,499 model. "It incorporates everything I love about a guitar".

It's the Australian musician's first signature acoustic, and first model with Gibson. "It feels incredible – it feels part of you," she says of the SJ-200's comfort. "It's a big guitar but you can't really beat the sound. It fills the room – it's like a grand piano."


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One significant shift from the SJ-200 you might expect is the neck. Oranthi chose a profile based on the specific ES-345 Bradley Cooper used in the film A Star Is Born. It's another sign Gibson is willing to mix change with historic tradition, following on from the news Dave Mustaine's forthcoming signature CF-100 has 24-frets and required a new bracing design from Gibson. 

The Orianthi SJ-200 features a Cherry nitro inish, AAA Sitka spruce top and flamed maple back paired with an ES-345 neck. Other bespoke touches for this signature model are an ebony fingerboard with new lotus neck inlays and a mother-of-pearl Orianthi “O” symbol on the headstock, gold Grover Keystone tuners.

LR Baggs also created an Orianthi Pickup System that is custom-voiced to her preferences and features adjustable saturation and soundhole-mounted controls.


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Orianthi is currently in the studio working on her album with producer Howard Benson. It's due for release later in 2021. 

For more info on the Orianthi SJ-200, visit Gibson


Rob Laing

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. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.