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Gibson Songmaker Deluxe Custom EC Natural
With its cutaway design, abalone trim and distinctive mother of pearl fingerboard and headstock inlays, the new 2009 Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is the finest offering from Gibson's Songwriter family of acoustics. It is considered one of the world's finest sounding square-shouldered acoustics, crafted to reflect simple and sophisticated elegance.
Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners Grover?s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Pickguard The pickguard on the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is a custom-line design made from Tortec. As with all of Gibson?s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.
Rosette A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is one of Gibson?s finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle, with both outer rings consisting of six-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Songwriter.
Ebony Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and New Deluxe Custom InlaysThe fingerboard of Gibson?s Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is constructed from the highest grade ebony on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson?s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The fingerboard inlays of the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC are a completely new design made of genuine mother of pearl, and inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn?t require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge ? instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic?s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Songwriter Deluxe Custom.
Body Tonewoods The body design of the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is known as a small dreadnought. The top is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from rosewood, giving it a balanced, warm tone with clear lows and solid treble registers. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson?s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with ?the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,? and today?s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System The Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC from Gibson Acoustic comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element ? or transducer ? that?s proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. 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. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg?s new ?Battery Bagg.?
Bracing Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument?s sound projection. The bracing pattern inside the Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC is based on the design used for Gibson?s celebrated Advanced Jumbo models of the 1930s, consisting of a wider ?X? pattern that allows the top to vibrate more freely and push the sound toward the soundhole. The result is an instrument that delivers incredible response, and a superior dynamic range with balanced, warm tones, clear lows, and solid treble registers.