Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural, Gold Hardware 889406484504

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The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio is an acoustic-electric guitar that delivers the traditional square-shouldered Gibson body style and sound with stylish flair. Gibson's luthiers have endowed the S... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio is an acoustic-electric guitar that delivers the traditional square-shouldered Gibson body style and sound with stylish flair. Gibson's luthiers have endowed the Studio Guitar with a full complement of enhancements such as double parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays on the ebony fingerboard, antique gold hardware, a sculpted pickguard, 6-ply top binding, and an abalone rosette. And the Gibson Songwriter Guitar offers superior performance with solid rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, and an L.R. Baggs Element system rounds out the whole package.

Features
  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
  • Industry's finest electronics
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Distinctive labels
Specifications
  • Square-shoulder dreadnought body
    Solid spruce top
    Solid rosewood back and sides
    Ebony fingerboard and bridge
    Mahogany neck
    L.R. Baggs Element
    Mother of pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlay
    Abalone rosette
    25-1/2" scale
    Gold tuners with kidney buttons
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GibsonSongwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Gibson I Ever Played!

Purchased in 2004, Ready to play, great feel to the neck, beautiful, mellow sound across the board. Every note clear, clean, from highs to lows. Good sustain on every note,...Read complete review

Purchased in 2004, Ready to play, great feel to the neck, beautiful, mellow sound across the board. Every note clear, clean, from highs to lows. Good sustain on every note, every chord. Powerful passive pickup, no battery needed. Beautiful parallelogram, pearl, fret markers, Ebony fretboard. Beautiful, natural finish that darkens with age. I have never played a better Gibson or any other brand. Totally, a versatile guitar, good for any type of music. For the music I play, it's just the perfect guitar, whether I play rhythm, or lead. Worth every penny.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Guitar With Some Huge Flaws

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and...Read complete review

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and bridge species at this high a price, then adding insult to injury by denying it, is just way too much for me to overlook. This instrument is priced too high for so much aggravation. The experience and poor treatment has colored my view of Gibson forever for the worse. I do think they turn out some truly fantastic instruments. But I'll never be able to trust them again with a purhase I cannot see up close, in person, when I'm buying. That is truly unfortunate.
I give this guitar a 5 rating for features for two reasons. (1) The fretboard and bridge, contrary to the specs listed by both MF and Gibson, are rosewood. I contacted both MF and Gibson about this, got no response from Gibson whatsoever and a seriously unsatisfactory response from MF -- basically, they just parroted whatever nonsensical response Gibson gave them. It was something along the lines of, "We're planning to use rosewood for the bridge and fretboard in future, but blah blah nonsense, yada, whatever." Ultimately, I was refused any kind of compensation in terms of pricing, and the only "recourse" offered was to return the guitar. And I'm assuming that if I'd done that, MF would just have put the thing back up for sale, listing ebony as the bridge and f/b material, in hope that the next idiot wouldn't notice. For the record, I also build acoustic guitars and have been playing for 37 years. I know the difference between ebony and rosewood. And when I pay this much for a guitar, I expect to get what I pay for and not a runaround from a seller I've trusted for years. Gibson's website not only specs ebony, but goes so far as to spec "the highest grade of ebony on earth" or words to that effect. Irritating.
Again, a 5 rating. This is for one reason only: The AA spruce quality used for the tops on this model. That is just nonsense for a guitar in this price range. Again, I build guitars myself. I am a rank novice, a hobbyist, and I claim no great skill. I'm just a guy who builds guitars in a spare room at home. Still, I've never used any top wood graded below AAA. On a guitar in this price range, I personally think doing so is ridiculous. I bought the guitar knowing this, and Gibson is up front about it, but it still deserves a hit for quality in my humble opinion.
It is an excellent guitar insofar as tone and playability are concerned. I have to concede that. But again, if you're talking about value, you cannot put a AA grade top on a guitar in this price tier, then slap a rosewood fingerboard and bridge on it while claiming these components are ebony and just hoping the suckers who receive rosewood won't know the difference, and claim your product is worth the price. I've purchased guitars for a fifth of the price and been absolutely thrilled with the fit, finish and value. This one left me just irritated and untrusting of the Gibson brand in every respect. The TONE on this guitar is absolutely beautiful - in that sense it is unequivocally one of the best guitars I've ever played in my life. But my overall takeaway from this purchase is that Gibson is basically a slippery operation and I'll never trust them again.

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1.0

Overpriced, sub par compared to guitars at half the price...

By Jesus

from Hamilton, Ontario

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Overpriced overhyped mediocre instrument....really, 59 cent plastic bridge pins?????? Larrivee's for half the pric play and sound better, and have far better workmanship......Gibson, shame, shame, shame on you!!!!!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amazing Guitar !

By Dennis

from Buffalo Ill

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

In 2012 I decided to learn to play the Guitar I am now 57 years old A friend of mine who was also giving me tips on playing took me with him to a Guitar Center store in Peoria Ill.We stepped into the acoustic room,was looking at the Taylor and Martins when my friend told me to Listen to this ,What i heard was the most rich toned and clear ringing music that I had ever heard , he handed it to me and said try this , O when I held the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe I fell in Love with it immediately ,I walked out of there with an amazing sounding and feeling Guitar more than I could have imagined. The staff there was so helpful ! I have been back there often as I can being it's over an hour away ! I am so glad I own my Gibson Songwriter Deluxe ! If you're thinking about it ! Just buy it you won't regret it ! I am hooked on Gibson !

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great purchase!

By North Florida

from North Florida

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Finish Is Remarkable
  • Great investment
  • Looks like new

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Great To Play Anytime

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is the nicest guitar I've owned. It's a keeper and what I expected from a higher end product.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Gibson I Ever Played!

By WhiteKknight

from Lancaster, PA

Pros

  • Classy look
  • Mellow Easyplayer

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • BLUEGRASS
  • Countrybluegrass Gospel
  • Country music

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Purchased in 2004, Ready to play, great feel to the neck, beautiful, mellow sound across the board. Every note clear, clean, from highs to lows. Good sustain on every note, every chord. Powerful passive pickup, no battery needed. Beautiful parallelogram, pearl, fret markers, Ebony fretboard. Beautiful, natural finish that darkens with age. I have never played a better Gibson or any other brand. Totally, a versatile guitar, good for any type of music. For the music I play, it's just the perfect guitar, whether I play rhythm, or lead. Worth every penny.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Best Gibson Guitars on the market.

By Niki Starr

from Gladewater, Tx

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just bought this Guitar from Guitar Center. I have to say it is truly amazing. I have sat and played this guitar over and over for hours in a course of over 2 years before I decided to buy it. Let me just say I am a Martin guy through and through. I have a D15 that I would never sell and think is just perfection at it's best. That's why I was just simply amazed at how great this guitar truly is. The best part is I can plug this guitar into my Fishman Loudbox acoustic amp and just discover a whole new world. The build and finish is as good as any Les Paul Custom I own and you should do yourself a favor and consider this guitar. Each guitar you pickup teaches you something different about how your ear hears music. Take time to try this guitar out. You will be just as amazed as I was when you sit and play it. I just had to have it after that!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Guitar With Some Huge Flaws

By Zuri Wagner

from New York, NY

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar would get 8's and 9's from me in every respect if I'd simply received what I thought I was paying for. The one giant discrepancy of advertising different fretboard and bridge species at this high a price, then adding insult to injury by denying it, is just way too much for me to overlook. This instrument is priced too high for so much aggravation. The experience and poor treatment has colored my view of Gibson forever for the worse. I do think they turn out some truly fantastic instruments. But I'll never be able to trust them again with a purhase I cannot see up close, in person, when I'm buying. That is truly unfortunate.
I give this guitar a 5 rating for features for two reasons. (1) The fretboard and bridge, contrary to the specs listed by both MF and Gibson, are rosewood. I contacted both MF and Gibson about this, got no response from Gibson whatsoever and a seriously unsatisfactory response from MF -- basically, they just parroted whatever nonsensical response Gibson gave them. It was something along the lines of, "We're planning to use rosewood for the bridge and fretboard in future, but blah blah nonsense, yada, whatever." Ultimately, I was refused any kind of compensation in terms of pricing, and the only "recourse" offered was to return the guitar. And I'm assuming that if I'd done that, MF would just have put the thing back up for sale, listing ebony as the bridge and f/b material, in hope that the next idiot wouldn't notice. For the record, I also build acoustic guitars and have been playing for 37 years. I know the difference between ebony and rosewood. And when I pay this much for a guitar, I expect to get what I pay for and not a runaround from a seller I've trusted for years. Gibson's website not only specs ebony, but goes so far as to spec "the highest grade of ebony on earth" or words to that effect. Irritating.
Again, a 5 rating. This is for one reason only: The AA spruce quality used for the tops on this model. That is just nonsense for a guitar in this price range. Again, I build guitars myself. I am a rank novice, a hobbyist, and I claim no great skill. I'm just a guy who builds guitars in a spare room at home. Still, I've never used any top wood graded below AAA. On a guitar in this price range, I personally think doing so is ridiculous. I bought the guitar knowing this, and Gibson is up front about it, but it still deserves a hit for quality in my humble opinion.
It is an excellent guitar insofar as tone and playability are concerned. I have to concede that. But again, if you're talking about value, you cannot put a AA grade top on a guitar in this price tier, then slap a rosewood fingerboard and bridge on it while claiming these components are ebony and just hoping the suckers who receive rosewood won't know the difference, and claim your product is worth the price. I've purchased guitars for a fifth of the price and been absolutely thrilled with the fit, finish and value. This one left me just irritated and untrusting of the Gibson brand in every respect. The TONE on this guitar is absolutely beautiful - in that sense it is unequivocally one of the best guitars I've ever played in my life. But my overall takeaway from this purchase is that Gibson is basically a slippery operation and I'll never trust them again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything about this guitar screams amazing

By Selly

from Nashville

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

When I first began looking for a guitar I thought I knew what I wanted. I had been raised around a Martin D-28 and when I went to the store and played martins in this price range they sounded awesome and played great too, but was also looking at Takamine guitars and Taylor and wanted to play more before I made the decision. I'm very glad I did, because none of the guitars I played really stood out to me near as much as when I picked the Songwriter up.

Immediately when I played a chord the setup had an EXTREMELY low action which made forming chords incredibly easy compared to the Breedlove I was replacing and just better enough than the other Martins and Taylors I played to make a difference. The strings were spaced out just enough to make finger picking easy and forming chords easier allowing more room to move and not hit the other strings too. The tonal quality was totally different than any of the other guitars I had played but seemed to sing out to me in a way that none of the other guitars did. I was initially looking for a bright sounding guitar you could hear all the harmonics clearly, and while I got that from most of the guitars in this price range this one has so much more mid and low range it's striking to hear in person. I really did not know what I was missing until I heard this acoustic, and it seems to be the norm for other Gibsons as well. I couldn't be happier.

One of the things that struck me when I first picked up this guitar is when a chord is played you can clearly feel it throughout the entire guitar. It isn't near enough to be annoying or anything but you can clearly tell every part of the guitar is used to produce tone vs most other guitars using mostly the top. I'm not an expert but I believe this is why the guitar has more mid and low range.

I was buying the guitar to keep for a while and sell but after 2 days I decided I will have it until I'm dead. The only way I will buy another acoustic is when I have a lot more to drop because the advantages between this guitar and up to other guitars just over this price is extremely minimal if it even matches this guitar's tonality and playability in the first place (and most do not).

I would also like to say that although I picked this guitar out there are quite a few other brands and models out there that are pretty incredible. I still love and will always love Martin guitars and Taylors (although Taylor has a little too bright sound even for me but can be corrected with strings) but when it comes down to it the tonality, playability and craftsmanship all the Gibson guitars have are noticeably better than the others. Even if the difference is not incredibly noticeable at first if you spend a little quality time comparing each it will becomes obvious.
Awesome tuners and setup. The preamp in the guitar is an afterthought and I'm happy it is at least included so I can bring my guitar and play anywhere, but as far as recording with it forget about it. I have not even tried to record with most preamps in acoustics but I assume none of them are in the realm of recording straight into a condensor microphone anyway. It does, however, sound great for playing live but I wanted to be upfront about using it for anything else.
Gibson. Surprisingly better than other brands and I wouldn't even thought twice about it before picking one up.
Better than any other guitar in the range by far.

 
5.0

Great Guitar for every reason.

By Gary Terranova

from North of Houston on the Lake.

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Fair Price for an Awesome Guitar.
Overall perfect for almost anyone.
Mine is 3 yrs old and still looks perfect. Not a problem in the world.
Compared to others in this range... you have a Gibson that will increase in value if taken care of.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it and be happy !!!

By Connie

from Moses Lake, Wa

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar two years ago. It has become a part of my heart; I can't imagine life without it. The tones are beyond beautiful. I play with a group of folks that go to nursing homes, local festivals and lots of local jam sessions. It is a masterpiece! Yes, it was a little pricey . . . I had a little 1973 VW bug I sold to buy it . . . I loved that beetle, but I've never regretted the sale. I feel joy every time I play. Which is everyday...It is impossible to walk pass it without wanting to stop and play.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Buy This Guitar!!! You Will Not Be Disappointed!

By Tim

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I spent about 2 hours playing various acoustic guitars at GC, trying to find an acoustic guitar that would be versatile, and had the maximum amount of sustain and had the perfect balance of bass, mids and treble. I had narrowed it down between this guitar and a Martin HD-28. The issue that I had with the Martin was that the sound seemed far too mid-scooped for me and maybe too much emphasis on the bass (strictly my opinion and I am not knocking Martin in any way). Another selling point was this guitar had electronics already installed and the Martin did not. I also compared this guitar against other guitars that cost much more and according to my ears, it blew them away! The sustain and resonance on this guitar with strumming, lead, and finger style really caught my ear and sold me on the spot! The quality is totally awesome and playability is just perfect for me! I am also really impressed with the inlays on the fretboard and headstock. All the lines are really clean with no sharp frets and no faults in the nitrocellulose clear coat that covers the guitar. All in all I think this baby is an excellent buy!!!

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