Gibson Generation G-00, G-45, G-Writer EC and G-200 EC review

A quartet of brand-new Gibson acoustics with player ports inspired by an idea from legendary company president Ted McCarty during the early 1960s. Intrigued? We were…

Gibson Generation Collection
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

We can’t determine whether that extra soundhole is contributing much to the guitars’ overall sound. Having said that, though, we definitely liked what we heard and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Gibson’s Generation Series to anyone in the market for a quality acoustic at a very realistic price.


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    The G-00 has bags of character and tonally enhanced volume.

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    G-Writer and G-200 have plenty oomph and stage-readiness.

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    G-200 EC like a J-200 without the hefty price tag.

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    Very nice pricing.


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    We wish they all had pickups.

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    And maybe a fitted hardcase, too.

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We had a foretaste of Gibson’s Generation acoustic range in the form of the G-45 Studio and Standard models. We were impressed, too. 

Up until that point, the idea of owning an all-solid wood acoustic electric guitar with Gibson on the headstock for around the £1k price point seemed unthinkable. And yet there they were – and they were made in Gibson’s prestigious Bozeman, Montana, facility where the company’s top range acoustics are produced.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.