gibson orianthi acoustic guitar official announcement

Gibson has announced a new partnership with Australian-born guitarist Orianthi Panagaris. The new Gibson Orianthi SJ-200 Custom in Cherry will be available worldwide in May 2021.

“Creating distinctive acoustics with the incredible Gibson team was truly an honor! Could not be happier! Orianthi says. “It’s the same full SJ-200 sound, but plays much faster with a 345 neck and with the modified single LR Baggs custom pickup, it’s a balanced, short guitar. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to pick it up and shred it in May. “

“We are delighted to welcome Orianthi to the Gibson family,” says Elizabeth Heidt, Gibson’s global head of entertainment relations. “We have been fans of her art from the beginning and it is a win for Gibson for this incredibly talented woman to join us.”

Orianthi has been knocking people out with her playing for over a decade and has played and collaborated with Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and Richie Sambora, among many others.

In late 2019, Orianthi visited the Gibson Acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana and a creative collaboration was born.

Orianthi worked with the luthiers at the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop to create her perfect signature guitar featuring a special neck inspired by a Gibson ES 345, a redesigned pickguard with lotus flowers, as well as mother-of-pearl dot inlays on the neck.

More features include a AAA Sitka Spruce top and maple back, gold Grover Keystone tuners, a stunning and distinctive Cherry Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish, and an LR Baggs Orianthi system, with under-saddle piezo pickup and mount-mounted preamp and controls. mouth and more.

Orianthi’s first new studio album in seven years and his first new solo music in six years, “O”, came out in November via Frontiers Music Srl.

Born in Australia, Orianthi was inspired to learn guitar at a young age after discovering his father’s vinyl collection. She rose to international fame at age 24 after the release of her single song. “According to You” and a high-energy endorsement Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Although she had already been invited to play with the likes of Carlos Santana and Steve Vai, the general public had not previously heard of this captivating guitar prodigy.

Her recognition was further increased when Michael Jackson called with an offer to be his guitarist for his dates at London’s O2 Arena. Although the concert series was not to be like this, the release of the behind-the-scenes documentary “This Is This From Michael Jackson” showcased Orianthi’s masterful performance, as well as her creativity and collaboration.