"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
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.