Whether you’re belting out country rhythms or acoustic blues leads, the Gibson Acoustic Southern Jumbo Original will deliver the goods. Derived from the war-era’s most prized flattops, this acoustic-electric guitar yields the perfect blend of punchiness, mid-forward projection, and tasty harmonic overtones. And its flexible dynamics ensure that everything from gentle fingerpicking to heavy strumming sounds amazing. You’ll appreciate the playability of the Southern Jumbo Original’s rosewood-capped mahogany neck, while LR Baggs VTC electronics ensure top-shelf amplified tone. What’s more, this A/E looks amazing, thanks to eye-grabbing double antiqued multi-ply top and back binding and mother-of-pearl parallelogram fingerboard inlays. Players in search of a versatile acoustic-electric guitar with classic style will find much to love in the Southern Jumbo Original.
The Southern Jumbo Original is crafted from a combination of Sitka spruce and mahogany — the same time-tested tonewoods used since 1942. This storied combination delivers a warm, resonant tone with plenty of projection. The Southern Jumbo Original is that type of acoustic that can fill a room when unplugged or saturate a stadium when amplified. Fingerpickers, strummers, soft-touch players, and hard-hitters alike immediately recognize the incredible response this iconic acoustic has to a variety of approaches across an array of genres.
Get amazing sound onstage courtesy of LR Baggs VTC electronics
The Gibson Acoustic Southern Jumbo Original comes with LR Baggs’s VTC acoustic pickup system. This system features a low-profile under-saddle transducer that’s proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the VTC gives your Southern Jumbo Original a pure-sounding amplification presence.
The Southern Jumbo — a brief history
Gibson created the Southern Jumbo in the 1940s after a salesman for the southern territory brought home requests for a sturdy, versatile and attractive round-shoulder dreadnought. With elegant inlays, historical “banner” headstock, and exquisite “‘hog” tone generated by its solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the SJ has become a Gibson classic. The Southern Jumbo Original retains the late ’40’s style and appointments that reflect the charm and style of the South.
- Sitka spruce top delivers a direct, punchy sound with great dynamics
- Mahogany back and sides yield thick, mid-forward sound with gorgeous overtones
- Comfortable Slim Taper mahogany neck
- Easy-playing rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlays
- LR Baggs VTC pickup provides excellent amplification
- Nickel open-back tuners ensure stable tuning
- Eye-grabbing double antiqued multi-ply top and back binding