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Body
Species
The back and sides of the Aaron Lewis Southern Jumbo are made of mahogany, while the top is crafted of Sitka spruce. Sitka spruce is a durable yet lightweight tonewood that’s been used for ages in the construction of instruments of all sorts because of its superior sound conduction. Body Species
Tonal Characteristics
The Aaron Lewis Southern Jumbo is a flat-top that really kicks out some sound, but with a sweet, balanced voice. The thin, radiused spruce top is supported by hand-scalloped braces which work toward optimum projection and volume, while also allowing great playing sensitivity, whether you attack the strings with a pick or your fingertips.  
Design
Each model is an almost exact recreation of Lewis’ original guitar, which shows heavy wear and tear from years of use. The perimeter of the guitar’s sound hole is home to dramatic pick scratches, and the neck, body and sides also feature historically accurate blemishes. Even the Advanced X-Braced Top of Lewis’ guitar was replicated for 100 percent authenticity. Taking the duplication a step further, each of the Aaron Lewis Aged Southern Jumbos were aged and distressed by hand in the Montana Art Shop to look and feel in every way exactly like Lewis’ personal model. Each aged model is sequentially numbered. Body Design
Finish
Finish
This guitar has the classically beautiful, hand-sprayed nitrocellulose Vintage Sunburst finish. On the Aaron Lewis Aged Southern Jumbo, the finish has been distressed to appear as though it was applied more than 50 years ago. The finish on both models is offset gorgeously by a teardrop-shaped tortoise pickguard, as well as multi-ply top and back binding. And around the sound hole is a double-ring rosette. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to this guitar. Body Design
Process
The Aaron Lewis Southern Jumbo is finished by hand in a process that demands several coats and many hours. Unlike many other manufacturers who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your guitar’s wood can breathe and age beautifully. Body Design