Looking to capture some of the King’s Vegas-period magic? The Gibson Acoustic Elvis Dove is a black-on-black beauty that’s modeled on a guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 — supposedly to celebrate Elvis earning his black belt in karate! It became a regular during his live performances during the early and mid-'70s, no doubt because the Dove’s Sitka spruce top and maple back and sides offer a powerful, cutting strumming tone that the King favored. As with all things Elvis, this Dove is dripping with style: the stark ebony finish highlights the mother-of-pearl dove inlays in the bridge and gold-plated Grover Keystone tuners on the headstock. An LR Baggs VTC under-saddle pickup rounds this Dove out, all adding up to an axe worthy of the King himself!
As discriminating guitarists immediately discovered, underneath the Dove’s flashy ornamentation is an amazing acoustic guitar. The Elvis incarnation of the Gibson Dove brings you the same square shoulder design, with a solid Sitka spruce top and flame maple back and sides. These tonewoods come together and join forces with a longer 25.5-inch scale length to arm the Elvis Dove a crisp, bold tonality that cuts through the track and works beautifully in countless musical situations. Guitarists at Guitar World know how important playability is, and no Dove goes out the door without the famed Plek-assisted setup, offering you superb action, spot-on intonation, and a buzz-free instrument that is just about perfect.
The Gibson Acoustic Elvis Dove comes with LR Baggs's popular VTC acoustic pickup system, a popular choice among acoustic guitarists at Guitar World. This system features a low-profile under-saddle transducer that enhances the coupling between the pickup and the guitar for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control, mounted just inside the soundhole, the VTC gives your Elvis Dove the amplification you need to rock out some of the king’s classics on stage!
Gibson’s reputation as a fine guitar builder dates back to the late 1800s. Handcrafted since day one by some of the most skilled luthiers around, Gibson acoustic guitars have inspired countless players around the world. When you pick up a Gibson acoustic, you know you’re getting the finest tonewoods, quality hardware, and incredible attention to detail. These instruments are built to sound great and stand the test of time. After moving from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Nashville, Tennessee (where Gibson electric guitars continue to be made), Gibson finally settled their acoustic operation in Bozeman, Montana, where they continue to handcraft some of the finest guitars on the planet.