Gibson has a long history of building guitars to an artist’s specifications or making exact duplicates of their favorite instrument. Way back on October 28th, 1999, six-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow inked a deal with Gibson Acoustic Guitars to build a Sheryl Crow Signature Model guitar. These new guitars would be nearly identical replicas of Crow’s cherished 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 master luthier Ren Ferguson could study it from headstock to endpin and take detailed measurements and digital photographs, capturing the essence of this instrument right down to the label inside. True, the cosmetics had to be right, but the quality of the sound was equally as important, so plenty of effort was put into duplicating this guitar’s signature sound. After a bit of nail-biting, a prototype was created that impressed Crow so much, she signed off on the entire run (and got her original back)!
The Sheryl Crow Signature Model features a square-shoulder body style that is quite 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 unique 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 while 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 beautiful guitar ships with a plush-lined hardshell case.