For 128 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and genres of music, becoming one of the most relevant, most played and most loved guitar brands in the world. The Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop is proud to present the Cat Stevens J-180 Collector’s Edition, which is created from the original guitar that helped produce the iconic acoustic tone on landmark albums Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat. The Cat Stevens J-180 Collector’s Edition is available now at select global retailers and worldwide on Gibson.com.
“I really hit a milestone when I got my hands on a black Gibson Everly Brothers J-180,” says Yusuf/Cat Stevens. “It was my favorite guitar, and it had a really easy action. I played it almost percussively, and that sound gave my recordings real character. It sounded amazing too! Handling the new model, c t’s like stepping back in time to when I started playing.
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With his long black hair and beard, slender build and black Gibson J-180, Cat Stevens was the epitome of the 1970s singer-songwriter, a modern troubadour seeking spiritual enlightenment through music. . Many of his all-time classic songs were written and recorded on his Gibson J-180, including “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Father and Son”, and more.
Yusuf/Cat Stevens originally purchased his J-180 from London’s famed Selmer’s Music Shop in 1969. Attracted to the J-180’s slim, sleek styling, the guitar’s natural percussive quality quickly became an essential component of the sound. his first three albums from the 1970s, Mona Bone Jakon, Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat. Towards the end of the decade, Yusuf/Cat Stevens sold all of his musical equipment, including his J-180, with the proceeds going to charity. In the years that followed he found the original guitar and also acquired a second vintage model as a backup which is used for world tours.
Limited to just 50 pieces, the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop Cat Stevens J-180 features a heat-aged Sitka spruce top, mother-of-pearl moon and star headboard, and graduated star fingerboard inlays , as well as a hand-signed inside label by Yusuf / Cat Stevens. . A custom Cat Stevens J-180 hard case is included. The package includes a certificate of authenticity and a selection of patches, pins and stickers inspired by the artist’s iconic work.