This limited run of the new Gibson Tom Petty SJ-200 Wildflower acoustic will see only 100 models made. But if you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself you better have some spare cash lying around as, at $9999 each, they aren’t exactly cheap!
Gibson Tom Petty SJ-200 Wildflower
The Gibson Custom Shop Tom Petty SJ-200 Wildflower model features a AAA Sitka spruce top, ‘highly figured’ quilted maple back and sides, and a flamed maple neck. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, a MASSIVE pickguard. Elsewhere you get a set of gold Grover Imperial Tuners and an LR Baggs VTC under-saddle pickup with soundhole-mounted volume and tone controls.
Tom Petty used an SJ-200 model whilst writing and recording Wildflowers, which is where the model gets its name from. He described the guitar’s sound character as the “big jangle” which, for a jumbo sized acoustic, is probably about right. On the front of the headstock you’ll find the Wildflower logo in Mother-of-Pearl. And on the back is a “You belong among the Wildflowers” decal . Petty’s signature is engraved on that massive double pickguard.
His daughter Adriana Petty was also involved in the project. So it is both a labour of love and a nice tribute for fans worldwide.
“It is so incredible to see the SJ-200 design our Dad worked on so long ago, lovingly brought to fruition with his long-time guitar tech and friend Alan Weidel and the craftsmen and women at Gibson guitars. We hope fans and members of the music community alike enjoy this beautiful instrument as much as we do. It is a beautiful tribute to him.”- Adriana Petty.
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free
The release coincides with the Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free documentary film, and the Wildflowers & All The Rest, out on 16 April, which has 25 songs from the Wildflowers sessions, produced by Petty with Rick Rubin and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell. You can check out the videos below for the new Tom Petty SJ-200 Wildflower and the new documentary about Tom.
RRP – USD 9999
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