To honor this association, Gibson introduces the Randy Scruggs Model, an elegantly appointed acoustic guitar from the luthiers of Bozeman, Montana. Made to the proportions of the Advanced Jumbo round-shouldered dreadnought, with solid premium Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides, an advanced scalloped X-brace, vintage sunburst finish, and up-market adornments such as abalone trim and rosette and mother-of-pearl fingerboard crowns, the Randy Scruggs Model packs the one-two punch of looks and tone that make it a fitting testimony to its namesake’s achievements. Add to these its bone nut and saddle and a Fishman Matrix pickup system to translate all that stellar tone to the masses, and it’s a guitar primed to take place of pride at the center of a collection, or in the hands of a hard-working artist. Only 100 Randy Scruggs Model guitars will be produced by Gibson, and each one comes with a formfitting hardshell case with plush purple lining, an owner’s manual, and Gibson’s Gold Warranty.
This big-bodied, round-shouldered dreadnought is built from the classic tonewood combination of Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides—all solid woods—with a tonally advantageous advanced X-brace made of scalloped spruce braces supporting the top. To top it off, a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish in vintage sunburst and abalone body trim and soundhole rosette mean the Randy Scruggs Model looks just as glorious as it sounds.
The guitar’s neck and headstock are made much in the tradition of the original Advanced Jumbo, with the 25 1/2” scale length that many players prefer in a large-bodied flat-top. Carved from a single piece of quarter-sawn mahogany, and topped with a rosewood fingerboard, the design incorporates Gibson’s lauded 17-degree back-angled headstock, which contributes greatly to the instrument’s resonance and sustain, and the wider dimensions of 1.725” at the nut, as specified by Scruggs himself, and preferred by numerous top-notch country players.
The Randy Scruggs Model carries an up-market hardware set, including open-back nickel tuners, and rectangular rosewood bridge with traditional bridge pins and bone saddle.
The Randy Scruggs Model is protected by a Gibson hardshell case with purple plush lining. Each guitar comes with a Gibson Acoustic owner’s manual and a Gibson Gold Warranty.
The headstock of the Randy Scruggs Model carries six vintage-style, open-back nickel tuners, as seen on classic pre-War Gibson flat-tops.
A vintage-style rectangular six-pin bridge made from East Indian rosewood offers firm string anchoring and outstanding vibrational coupling with the body, while a one-piece bone saddle helps to keep the tone sharp and true.
The Randy Scruggs Model carries a blend of traditional and updated plastics, including a classic antique-bell-shaped truss rod cover.
The Randy Scruggs Model comes with a Fishman Matrix VT under-saddle pickup system, with volume and tone controls mounted inconspicuously in the edge of the sound hole. The Matrix VT is an advanced unit from one of the world’s leading acoustic-guitar pickup manufacturers, and features a unique sound control which cuts mids while boosting the treble and bass, all without interfering with the vibration of the top and bridge when the Randy Scruggs Advanced Jumbo is played unplugged.
The guitar’s endpin jack doubles as pickup output and body-end strap button. Strings
Gibson’s Light Gauge phosphor-bronze acoustic strings, sizes .011-.052, are installed at the factory.