If the dreadnought shape is identified with Martin, then the jumbo shape is associated with Gibson. The jumbo is much more rounded, with a pronounced waist, and is an even more iconically American creation than the dreadnought, particularly in the ornate form typified by Gibsons SJ-200 (pictured). While jumbos often have a sweet and balanced fingerpicking tone, the shape was really envisaged for maximum volume in the days before electro-acoustics, and is thus very popular with American folk and country singer-songwriters, and identified with such performers as Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and late-era Elvis.
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