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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar (580336)

Time-honored production meets cutting-edge appointments.

The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC Guitar combines several time-honored production elements of the past with a number of modern appointments. Using Gibson's popular Songwriter Deluxe Studio as its template, the Songwriter Deluxe EC guitar adds a compound radius fingerboard for electric guitar-like playing action. It also incorporates Gibson's renowned red spruce top bracing from the 1930s, bonded with traditional hide glue for maximum tone and volume from the body.

Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners

Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe EC acoustic-electric guitar. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics 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. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gearbox provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.

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 cutaway Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC guitar. 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 pickguard on the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC guitar is a custom line design made from Tortec. As with all of Gibson's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.


The rosette on the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC guitar is one of Gibson's finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle, with both outer rings consisting of six-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Gibson Songwriter guitar line.

Ebony Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and New Deluxe Standard Inlays

The fingerboard of Gibson's Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC is constructed from the highest grade ebony 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 fingerboard inlays of the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC guitar are an exciting design made of genuine mother of pearl 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. The rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC acoustic-electric guitar.

Body Tonewoods

The top is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from rosewood, giving the Gibson Songwriter guitar a balanced, warm tone with clear lows and solid treble registers. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process.

The Ellipse Aura
The Ellipse Aura combines Fishman's most sophisticated onboard preamp design with the power of Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology for exceptional accuracy and true to life sound. The Ellipse Aura features Pickup/Image Blend, Volume and switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequency tone shaping. A Phase Switch and automatic Anti-Feedback device aids in controlling feedback. The pickup's ergonomic soundhole-mounted design puts slider controls at the player's fingertips to maintain a natural playing position. A patented neodymium magnetic mounting system enables easy, solder-free installation with a variety of size formats that accommodate most round soundholes from 3-7/8" (98mm) to 4-1/8" (105mm) in diameter. Equipped with a Low Battery indicator, the Ellipse Aura includes a no-hassle, solder-free Acoustic Matrix undersaddle pickup in narrow, wide, or narrow/split formats.


Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, handmade 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 pattern inside the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC guitar is based on the design used for Gibson's celebrated Advanced Jumbo guitars of the 1930s, consisting of a wider "X" pattern that allows the top to vibrate more freely and push the sound toward the soundhole. The result is an acoustic-electric guitar that delivers incredible response, and a superior dynamic range with balanced, warm tones, clear lows, and solid treble registers.

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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • AA-grade Sitka spruce top
    Rosewood back and sides
    Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners
    Fishman Aura Ellipse electronics (sound hole mounted)
    Compound-radiused ebony fingerboard with rolled edges and deluxe standard inlays
    Hand-scalloped radiused red spruce top bracing, boned with hide glue
    1930s Gibson X-bracing pattern
    Ebony comfort-carved bridge
    Flamed maple binding on the body, fingerboard, and headstock
    Dovetail neck-to-body construction
    Lacquer finish
    Lightweight gold Grover tuners for optimum weight balance

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  • perfect sound

    As reviewed by Andrew A. on 3/16/2010

    Every musician is looking for that perfect sound. That sound which passes the inner ear into our brain and explodes with emotion. That sound that then rains down and hopefully touches our heart. Then we know that we have heard that perfect sound. Thank you Gibson for creating this guitar...mine is the 29th made...mine has that perfect sound that I'm talking about.

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