Gibson Bows Chet Atkins Studio Guitar

Gibson Montana, the Bozeman, Mont.-based acoustic guitar division of Gibson Musical Instruments, has introduced the Chet Atkins Studio, a nylon-string classical guitar.

Gibson Montana, the Bozeman, Mont.-based acoustic guitar division of Gibson Musical Instruments, has introduced the Chet Atkins Studio, a nylon-string classical guitar.

Famed guitarist/producer Atkins, who died in 2001, approached Gibson in 1981 with an idea for a nylon-string acoustic guitar with a solid body that could be played at high volume without producing feedback. Gibson introduced the first of these "solid body" guitars in 1981. Willie Nelson and Earl Klugh are among those who have used the instruments.

Last year, Gibson moved production of the nylon-string line to Gibson Montana, where design of the Chet Atkins Studio model began. The guitar features a Gibson Songwriter Deluxe-style bridge, a circular inlaid rosewood plate housing 4-band EQ and volume control and an oval soundhole in the lower back of the guitar to enhance the player's acoustic experience.

The Chet Atkins Studio carries a suggested list price of $4,214.
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