Designed to meet the needs and preferences of today's singer-songwriters, the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe EC is a spectacular instrument handcrafted by the luthiers in Gibson's Bozeman, Montana facility. The Songwriter Deluxe uses top-quality tonewoods and a slope-shouldered design that combines the best of Gibson's acoustic legacy with the latest in modern guitar construction. Equally well-suited for live performance, recording, or late-night songwriting sessions, this guitar features innovative Fishman Aura electronics, high-end Gibson hardware, and other tools to bring your songs to life.
Ideal Singer-songwriter Sound
The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe is built with exquisite tonewoods and traditional construction techniques to achieve a sound that perfectly complements singer-songwriters. The back and sides are crafted from fine Indian rosewood with a Sitka spruce top. The spruce provides a defined clarity to the high-end which wonderfully offsets the robust mids and lows of the rosewood body. With an emphasis on either end of the tonal spectrum, there's plenty of room in the middle to be filled by a singing voice. Furthermore, Gibson has employed the traditional bracing techniques of the 1930s, which center the tone of the instrument for outstanding balance and projection. The '30s-style bracing pattern allows more open vibration on the soundboard, fostering a warm, open sound. The flamed maple neck is connected with a sturdy dovetail-style neck joint, enhancing overall resonance -- another example of a traditional Gibson build technique that just works.
Ultimate Acoustic Playability
With a slightly smaller profile than other Gibson slope-shouldered guitars, the Songwriter Deluxe is easy to hold, comfortable to play, and extremely responsive to both fingerpicking and flatpicking styles. Gibson has integrated a compound radius fretboard similar to that used on some of its most famous electric guitars, enabling smooth bending of the strings and natural-feeling chord playing. And, of course, the smooth cutaway allows easy extension to the top reaches of the ebony fretboard.
Classic Gibson Style
For all its modern enhancements and features, the Songwriter Deluxe abounds with classic appointments that earmark this guitar as a contemporary Gibson classic. The abalone rosette strikes a rare elegance which matches particularly well with the distinctive inlays and hand-laid top binding. The tuners are gold mini-Grovers and the bridge is a Gibson ergonomic Ebony belly bridge both of which add both style and tuning stability.
Fishman Aura Electronics
The Songwriter Deluxe EC features an advanced Fishman Aura pickup system which delivers natural-sounding reproduction through any amplifier or PA. A sophisticated onboard preamp is paired with the Aura imaging system which includes pre-configured acoustic images to bring out the best in the guitar's natural tones. The Aura system allows further tonal customization by way of blend control to mix between the direct sound of the pickup and the Aura image, a phase switch, anti-feedback device, natural frequency selection options, and a volume control.
- Beautiful tonewoods with Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, and maple neck
- Included Fishman Ellipse Aura electronics package
- Comfortable Gibson slope-shoulder designed with slightly smaller body than other traditional Gibsons
- Classic Gibson '30s-style bracing for vibrant, ringing tones
- Elegant appointments included abalone rosette, gold tuners, and distinctive inlays
- Compound radius fingerboard for extremely smooth playing experience
- Hand-built by masters in Gibson's Bozeman, Montana facility
- Included hardshell case
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A powerful Gibson Acoustic, the Songwriter Standard Deluxe EC acoustic-electric guitar combines time-honored production elements of the past with modern, cutting-edge appointments. A variation on Gibson's widely popular Songwriter Deluxe Studio, the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC adds a compound radius fingerboard for electric guitar-style playing action, Gibson's renowned red spruce top bracing from the 1930's and a traditional hide glue bonding for maximum tone and volume.
- Premium Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides
- Adirondack red spruce top braces bonded with hide glue
- 1930's Wide X top bracing pattern
- Dovetail neck-to-body joint bonded with hide glue
- Gibson's compound radius ebony fingerboard
- Ergonomic ebony Belly Bridge design
- Tapered slope shoulder cutaway body
- Flamed maple headstock, neck, and full body trim
- Antiqued natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Equipped with Fishman's Ellipse Aura Pickup System
- Includes Gibson acoustic case
Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC. 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 gear box 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 Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC. 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 Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC 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.
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the sound-hole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC 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 Songwriter 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 Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC are a completely new design made of genuine mother of pearl, and 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, Gibson Acoustic's rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC.
The body design of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC is known as a small dreadnought. The top is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from rosewood, giving the Songwriter 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. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities, and today's guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson's Songwriter Deluxe EC Standard comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Ellipse Aura electronics package, which combines Fishman's most sophisticated onboard preamp design with the power of the popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. The result is acoustic sound that is exceptionally accurate and true to life. Already loaded onto the system are four images that best match the instrument's natural tonal characteristics. You can make adjustments to any of them using the system's Pickup/Image Blend or Volume controls, or use the switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequencies for tone shaping. You can also control feedback with the Phase switch and automatic Anti-Feedback device control. The pickup's ergonomic sound-hole-mounted design puts slider controls at your fingertips so you can maintain a natural playing position at all times. The Fishman Ellipse Aura is used by such noted musicians as Brad Paisley, Pete Townshend and Travis Tritt.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made 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 Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC is based on the design used for Gibson's celebrated Advanced Jumbo models of the 1930s, consisting of a wider X pattern that allows the top to vibrate more freely and push the sound toward the sound-hole. The result is an instrument that delivers incredible response, and a superior dynamic range with balanced, warm tones, clear lows, and solid treble registers.