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Gibson honors the Everly Brothers with elegant new signature SJ-200 acoustic guitar

Two of Gibson's new Everly Brothers SJ-200 guitars
(Image credit: Gibson)

The Everly Brothers – with their close harmonies and easy blend of country, blues and early rockabilly influences – were hugely influential to the Beatles and countless other formative rock 'n' roll bands.

Now, Gibson is saluting the duo with a classy new signature SJ-200 acoustic guitar.

Boasting an ebony finish with striking dual cream pickguards, the guitar is based on Don and Phil Everly's SJ-200 of choice, and is handmade by Gibson's Acoustic Custom Shop in Bozeman, Montana.

The guitar is built with a AA flame maple back and sides paired with a thermally aged Sitka spruce top, highlighted by those very stylish mirrored pickguards. It also boasts a two-piece maple neck sporting a 12" radius, 20-fret rosewood fretboard with classic mother of pearl graduated crown inlays.

Another visual flourish comes in the form of the traditional rosewood four-bar J-200 'Moustache' bridge with four bar mother of pearl inlays.

Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners and a bone bridge saddle, nut, and bridge pins, meanwhile, round out the spec sheet.

Gibson's new Everly Brothers SJ-200 acoustic guitar

(Image credit: Gibson)

The release of the guitar comes in tandem with the Hey Doll Baby Festival, a Gibson-sponsored, star-studded virtual celebration of the Everly Brothers' music that's set to take place this Sunday, June 19, at 4 p.m. EST.

Featuring performances by Paul Simon, Bob Weir & Chris Robinson, Graham Nash & Chris Stills, Mike Campbell & Stan Lynch, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson, Dhani Harrison, The Cactus Blossoms, Waddy Wachtel, Jimmy Vivino, and Albert Lee, to name just a few, the virtual festival also coincides with the June 17 release of the new Everly Brothers compilation, Hey Doll Baby.

Gibson's new Everly Brothers signature SJ-200

(Image credit: Gibson)

The Gibson Everly Brothers signature SJ-200 acoustic guitar is available now – in an ultra-limited run of just 30 instruments, and with an SJ-200 hardshell case included – for $7,999. 

The late brothers aren't the only icons of '50s rock that've been honored with a signature Gibson SJ-200 this year – back in March, Gibson unveiled two new Elvis Presley signature acoustics, an SJ-200 and a Dove

For more info on the acoustic, visit Gibson (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.