On October 28th, 1999, six-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow signed a deal with Gibson Acoustic Guitars to produce a Sheryl Crow Signature Model guitar. The guitars would be nearly identical replicas of Crow’s prized 1962 Gibson “Country And Western” guitar, which is one of Sheryl’s favorite instruments and has been used extensively by her not only on stage, but for songwriting and on many of her recordings. Naturally, this required Sheryl to send Gibson her very own guitar so that master luthier Ren Ferguson could study it from headstock to endpin and take detailed measurements and digital photographs of the guitar, recording all details, right down to the label inside. After a bit of nail-biting, a prototype was created which impressed Crow so much, she signed off on the whole run!
The Sheryl Crow Signature Model features a square-shoulder body style which is similar to Gibson’s acoustic Hummingbird, with a Sitka spruce top and Honduras mahogany back and sides. Gibson applied a very special “antiqued lacquer” on top, which matches the aged, honey-color of Sheryl’s original guitar, so even brand new, this guitar looks like it’s spent decades up on stage in smoky clubs and on extended tours across the country. It also has dark cherry-stained back and sides, which exactly matches Sheryl’s, as well as a special pickguard material that accurately duplicates her older-style “faux tortoise” pickguard. As you’d expect, the neck width and shape were crafted to Sheryl’s exacting specifications and a traditional Indian rosewood fingerboard completes the picture. Hidden inside is a Fishman active transducer that accurately reproduces this guitar’s vintage-flavored tone when amplified to fill larger venues. As you’d expect, this guitar ships with a plush-lined hardshell case.