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My EJ-200 and SJ-200

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Took this shot yesterday of my 2012 Epiphone EJ-200 Natural and new 2020 Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1957 SJ-200 Vintage Sunburst.

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Cool photo.  Let’s us know how the two compare.   Obviously, the Gibson model will champion in terms of materials and handmade craftsmanship, but let us realistically know the sonic, playing , and vibe differences, strengths, and weaknesses in view of the large price gap.

 

QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff

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2 hours ago, QuestionMark said:

Cool photo.  Let’s us know how the two compare.   Obviously, the Gibson model will champion in terms of materials and handmade craftsmanship, but let us realistically know the sonic, playing , and vibe differences, strengths, and weaknesses in view of the large price gap.

 

QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff

 

Let me start by saying I really like my EJ-200 - swapped saddle and pins to bone and found round core DR Sunbeams lights just lifted  way above it's pay grade! - narrow nut was as small as I could handle - needed a firm right hand to really bring out it's best.

This SJ-200  is a completely different experience - a little lighter build with a slightly wider nut but it sits on your lap exactly the same as the EJ-200 - after that well, everything is different - more responsive so ease right back with the right hand - There's just no need to hit the strings as hard - huge depth of tone yet beautifully balanced - this is a jumbo guitar that really lets you know it's a jumbo - imagine you've only ever played upright pianos and now you're playing  a grand piano for the 1st time ... with the lid open! -my EJ-200 was best as a strummer, the Gibson is way more versatile, finger-style, flat-pick & strumming,  in some part that wider nut really helps make it too - fret board on the SJ feels a little flatter than the EJ too.

My EJ-200 is a great guitar and I often find myself smiling at how good it is for the price - the Gibson was hugely expensive here in Australia but when you get over that it will make you smile for different reasons.

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