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Froggy Bottom Model SJ Steel String Acoustic Guitar
“One afternoon in 1968,” as Michael tells it, “I watched a drunken sailor with a pillow case slung over his shoulder stagger into a pawn shop in New London, CT. Since the bag on his shoulder was very guitar-like, as soon as he emerged counting his money, I went into the shop to see what he'd sold. After twenty minutes of bickering, I emerged with a very well worn, twenty year old Gibson SJ.”
Gibson’s Southerner Jumbo was made famous by country music icon Hank Williams Sr. Early models of these short scale, round-shouldered dreadnoughts are sought after and in recent years have become extremely popular, and their value has soared.
Over the years Froggy Bottom has built specially commissioned SJ-style guitars, but in 2008 the SJ was established as one of our formal models. In 2010 the SJ has become our most popular full-sized guitar, matching the H-12 in popularity.
As we built the SJ prototype, we also built a photo blog where you can see this guitar in process from start to finish: Model SJ Blog Revisited.
And what happened to that sailor’s guitar?
“As I already had a guitar I loved, the SJ was only around for a couple of months, but almost as soon as I'd sold it to a friend,” Michael says, “I was sorry.
“Forty years later, my friend still has that guitar, and it is still one of the very best guitars I have ever known.”
Since Saturday I am the proud owner of the SJ in Adi/Macassar from Rudy´s. It rings like a bell, rocks like a hurricane when I dig hard and sings like a bluesy electric guitar when I play single notes. It´s just a pleasure to play a simple open D-Chord. The guitar encourages me to play things I never tried before. I´m simply thrilled…
SJ Model Specs
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SJ Model Prices
These prices reflect only the basic grade and wood choices for this model. Our price list has prices for specific custom options. Our current prices, effective February 2014, are subject to change without notice.