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This is unlike any other Gibson acoustic guitar! With a specially designed thin, square shoulder body, the Gibson Traveling Songwriter CE is, as the name implies, the perfect travel-friendly acoustic with a cutaway that allows for easier access to the upper frets and a built-in active transducer with onboard volume and EQ controls. But the thing you’ll notice first is the location of the soundhole, which is in the upper corner of the bass bout. Wait! Look closer and you’ll see that’s really not a soundhole at all, but rather an inset piece of premium rosewood that houses the volume and EQ controls for the electronics. Aha! So this is an acoustic that’s meant primarily to be used plugged into a suitable acoustic guitar amp or maybe directly into a PA system. It has a select Sitka spruce top (with some nice, subtle figuring) with a mahogany back and sides. Oh wow, wait a second – what’s that hole in the back? Aha! That’s where the sound comes out when you’re playing the guitar “unplugged.” Weird at first, but once you play it, it makes all the sense in the world! Leave it to Gibson to come up with such a novel combination of classic design and modern features!

The Traveling Songwriter also features a special sculpted pickguard, scalloped 1930s top bracing, and a solid mahogany neck with a special rounded profile and an Indian rosewood fingerboard. A special lightweight travel case with hygrometer (which measures for proper humidity) is included to make hitting the road with the Traveling Songwriter a pleasure you’ll treasure for decades to come!

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