Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural, Gold Hardware 889406835849

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The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC is an acoustic-electric guitar with big square shoulders that offers superior performance. The Songwriter Deluxe Guitar features rosewood back and sides, a solid... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC is an acoustic-electric guitar with big square shoulders that offers superior performance. The Songwriter Deluxe Guitar features rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top, and a Fishman Prefix T with tuner for easy, full-sounding amplification. Gibson's luthiers have imbued the Songwriter Deluxe with a full complement of appearance details such as mother-of-pearl inlays on the ebony fingerboard, sculpted pickguard, gold tuners with kidney buttons, and an abalone rosette. Gibson includes a premium hardshell case with the Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

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
    Fishman Prefix-T electronics system with tuner
    Mother of pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlays
    Abalone rosette
    25-1/2" scale
    Gold tuners with kidney buttons
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GibsonSongwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 57 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

played over 200 guitars first

I have been a regular at every guitar store I can find, playing and checking out the guitars, comparing, reading online reviews etc. I finally bought a songwriter dlx cutaway, I had...Read complete review

I have been a regular at every guitar store I can find, playing and checking out the guitars, comparing, reading online reviews etc. I finally bought a songwriter dlx cutaway, I had it down to a martin acoustic electric and this and another martin. This played as well as the Taylors I played and sounded similar to the Martin in deep, powerful, loud bass, but when I reall strummed hard it was the only one that didn't get muddy. I really whaled on the guitars and this one took it the best. I also must say that when I examined very closely each guitar, they all were fine, but the Gibson was perfect. There were a couple of small glue marks on the Martin, and a couple of slight very slight imperfections on the Taylor but the Gibson was perfect. The Taylor sounded thin to me too. Final judgement, the Gibson sounded best, played best, and looked like a supermodel next to your grandmother in comparison. One interesting thing I liked but didnt' realize until later is the pick guard on the Gibson is sort of rubbery like and has a nice curved edge to it. It feels custom. Now add the electronics and it's no contest. I only wish it was a 24 3/4 scale. Nicest guitar I ever played. It's just fun to sit on the couch and strum some chords and listen to them. It just sounds so musical. You end up playing all the songs you know just to hear them on it. It's fun. Don't worry you will love it after you have it a while. I like mine more and more and was really afraid to spend $2,000 on a box.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible action out of the box

I read all of the reviews here prior to buying this Gibson Songwriter Deluxe, and I hate to be the first to give a less than perfect review. Once I have it for a...Read complete review

I read all of the reviews here prior to buying this Gibson Songwriter Deluxe, and I hate to be the first to give a less than perfect review. Once I have it for a year, I will write another review in case my opinion changes. After playing for at least 30 years, I have my share of guitars. I have a Taylor 854ce 12-string that I love and has the best neck action of any guitar I have ever owned. I wanted a new 6-string acoustic and was set to by the Martin Aura model, but having owned a Martin D35 in the past, I wanted to find a different sound. No doubt the quality of my new Gibson is great. My only complaint, having ordered this one online, is that the action/playability is horrible. I could just about slide my fingers between the neck and strings. I don't recommend buying this guitar online. If you like it, go to the store and pick one up instead. I dropped it off at a luthier today to do a complete setup on the guitar and fix the action among other problems he saw. Hopefully, this will fix the issue and I will once again be happy. Had I to do it over, I would buy at the store, and I probably would have paid a few dollars more to get the same model in a Custom which gets a little more loving care at Gibson to begin with.

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5.0

I like it better than my Taylor

By Jade Delves

from Tulsa, Ok.

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own a Taylor 715, Serial # 484. Jumbo body, huge sound and have loved it for years. I played this Gibson one time and bought it the next day. I haven't picked up the Taylor since I got it home. The sound is crisp and rich; the action is phenomenal. It's the first Gibson I've ever owned, but it won't be my last. If this guitar is indicative of the quality they put into their instruments, I'll buy another one. If you're at all considering it, take the plunge. You won't be sorry.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Gibson Songwriter Studio

By Mark Mestre

from Southern US

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If you like spending money on a name, then buy one, but be prepared to replace the nut, saddle and pay to have the neck or bridge reglued. The quality control thar should be present at a company like Gibson just isn't there. You will be doing a lot of work you shouldn't have to worry about.
The features included with the guitar are what you'd expect for a guitar in this price category.
While Gibson uses the same materials as Martin and Taylor, there seems to always be something wrong with these instruments. If you're OK with spending 2k+ for a guitar that's either not put together correctly, nut not cut properly, finish issues and such, then by all means buy one of these. This guitar is priced and by ornamentation and price competes with the Taylor 814. Decide for yourself. Compare them yourself. This guitar falls short of what it claims to give you.
How can you rate the value when all of the Songwriters I've tried have been sent back for various issues. Value? There is no value in a guitar that doesn't live up to what the company claims.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great gigging guitar!

By Jon Mathis

from Madison, MS

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar! I also own a Martin D-35 which I passed along to my daughter because this is now my main squeeze!
Great features, just right for the acoustic electric gigs. I have the sound controls right at my fingertips for on the fly tweaks.
Beautiful quality! Well made with a great acoustic tone!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar and electronics

By Charles Harvey

from Northern Colorado

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have two guitars that I play all the time, a Martin HD35 and the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe. I would give them both an overall rating of 10 but the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe is the more versatile of the two.
The guitar is a Gibson and has all of the typical Gibson character. It has some esthetic qualities without being gaudy. I like the mustache bridge and shaped pickguard. The cutaway makes the upper frets attainable. The main thing on this guitar is the electronics. The on board tuner is amazing, but the ability to shape the sound with the electronics adds a dimension that puts this guitar in a whole new level.
The craftsmanship and quality are very high. The acoustic tonal palette is broad and the guitar sounds as good with driving bluegrass as it does with fingerpicking or chordal melodies.
I bought this guitar in a local store and the price was somewhat less than the MSRP. Even then it was not cheap by any means. When considering the prices on some of the other Gibsons and other brand name guitars, the Songwriter Deluxe hods it's own in value. It might even be a bargain.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2008 Best AMG for a reason

By Gauged

from Adelaide

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went back and forth into shop after shop and played Grand performers to Guild Fm47 even a D45V. In Australia these go from 4500 up to 15 grand for the d45V about 13grand USD. I played them all and couldnt find anything worth the money. Then one day a new shipment came in there she was acoustic with electrics and a Gibson. I played it and it was bought and paid for within thirty minutes. Look at the specs and the sound that projects with those hand carved braces. The only thing that peeved me was that the standard EC then was released and I didnt get to try that first. I havent played it yet but I may just upgrade.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Warrior MIke

from Long Island NY

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Call me a martin snob, I tried to fall in love with one of these Gibson but they just sound way to tight to me. No sustain and the sound dies out fast. I only tried one really nice one but the rest were very nasally sounding. I would try a Martin before going to this. It could be that it just needs time to open up but when I pick up a martin I know where my place is. If you have your heart set on these try one at your local guitar shop but with a price like that when in doubt buy from Musicians Friend, not one that has been played by everyone that has walked into the shop.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My First Guitar

By M D

from Wellington, OH

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After my 2 sons started to learn to play bass and electric guitar, I fell in love with the sound of guitars. For 5 months I went to GC and asked others to play acoustic guitars for me. After hearing the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC --that was it for me and I started lessons immediately in Dec '09. It's been 9 months and I couldn't be happier with my decision. It is easy play and I don't want to put it down. Love It!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Terrible action out of the box

By Ed Cathey

from Raleigh/Durham, NC

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I read all of the reviews here prior to buying this Gibson Songwriter Deluxe, and I hate to be the first to give a less than perfect review. Once I have it for a year, I will write another review in case my opinion changes. After playing for at least 30 years, I have my share of guitars. I have a Taylor 854ce 12-string that I love and has the best neck action of any guitar I have ever owned. I wanted a new 6-string acoustic and was set to by the Martin Aura model, but having owned a Martin D35 in the past, I wanted to find a different sound. No doubt the quality of my new Gibson is great. My only complaint, having ordered this one online, is that the action/playability is horrible. I could just about slide my fingers between the neck and strings. I don't recommend buying this guitar online. If you like it, go to the store and pick one up instead. I dropped it off at a luthier today to do a complete setup on the guitar and fix the action among other problems he saw. Hopefully, this will fix the issue and I will once again be happy. Had I to do it over, I would buy at the store, and I probably would have paid a few dollars more to get the same model in a Custom which gets a little more loving care at Gibson to begin with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing instrument

By Steve M.-3PPlM

from PEI, Canada

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I tried Martin, Taylor, Guild , Takamine, Larivee and Gibson. This guitar was my favorite...I already own a Larivee which I really like and was tempted to buy another but I just kept going back to the Gibson. It plays, sounds and looks amazing, tunes easily and stays in tune. Its a joy to play and I find it hard to put down. I've seen a few reviews that say its too expensive but to me its worth every penny.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OVER THE MARTIN

By J

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I played many and almost bought another Martin. Then, I played the Songwriter Deluxe, Studio EC. It felt better in weight, neck, sturdiness. It sounds tremendous. A full sound with bright highs. Throught the amp, the Fishman is like a sound of the Sirens. The built-in tuner is a nice feature, too. Great action. Easy to play. I actual think I play better because of the guitar. I would buy it again.

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