By Stephen Pate – The Bob Dylan Gibson J-200 Player’s Edition will soon be sold out. Amazon.com started with 7 guitars and now they only have one Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition Acoustic-Electric Vintage Sunburst
If you have any interest or intention in owning the Bob Dylan Gibson J-200 now is the time to order it. Amazon.com have one in stock.
Musicians Friend, Sweetwater and all the big dealers are back-ordered.
I am tracking down a Gibson Bob Dylan Player’s Edition J-200 in Canada – pretty sure there is one left.
I got mine last Friday – yes I got one of these magnificent Bob Dylan J-200 Gibson guitars and it’s everything I thought it would be and more. It took me weeks to take the plunge and another 2 weeks to get my guitar. I simply could not pass up owning a Bob Dylan official Gibson after I heard the sound.
OK it’s the most expensive guitar I own, but not by a large amount. I have 3 excellent Martin guitars worth close to the Dylan J-200 plus a Gibson ES-335 of the same quality.
The Dylan J-200 plays like a dream. The sound is magnificent, full round and rich.
You know how the guy was awed in the video review Amazing Sound From Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition? That’s the jaw-dropping feeling I got and still get playing the Dylan J-200.
I love the neck which is easy on my hands. The guitar responds to finger picking but really opens up with a pick and gets better the harder you play.
My wife said “Gone Country have ya?” on the first song I played with the big guitar sound.
The guitar surprised me with a chorus effect playing it through a Fender Eric Clapton Vibro-Champ 5W with a slight tremolo effect. First, it should be the wrong amp but it isn’t. Second, the Dylan J-200 was competing with the amp for volume.
The fit and finish of the guitar is impeccable. There is not a mark, imperfection, or finish ripple on the neck or AAA flame maple body. The Adirondack red spruce top appears to be a one-piece which is rare these days. It’s just gorgeous. The only quibble I have, and it’s a tiny one, is that the braces inside are not sanded smooth.
Body: Super Jumbo SJ-200
Top: Adirondack red spruce
Bracing: Vintage Style Cut with Hide Glue
Back and sides: AAA Flamed Maple
Fingerboard and inlay: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Bella Voce
Headstock and inlay: Mother-of-pearl Gibson and Dylan Eye logo decal
Hardware: Gold KeystoneScale: 25- 1/2
Bridge: Rosewood 4-Bar inlay Moustache
Finish: Vintage Sunburst
Pickguard: Double guards with Dylan style J-200 laser-engraved design with mother-of-pearl dots
L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup system
Certificate of Authenticity
For another video review of Dylan J-200 guitar see Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition Review Cool Times 10