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Gibson J-185 EC Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Gibson J185 EC Blues King Electro Acoustic-Electric Guitar has one of the most curvaceous bodies in all of guitardom with a vast expanse of solid...Click To Read More About This Product

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The fabulous vibe of the classic J-200 in a smaller, more modern design.

The Gibson J185 EC Blues King Electro Acoustic-Electric Guitar has one of the most curvaceous bodies in all of guitardom with a vast expanse of solid spruce that belts out a huge, sweet tone. That tone is captured perfectly by the Fishman Prefix pickup and shaped by active side-mounted tone controls. Flamed maple back and sides add to this guitar's hot looks, as do an abalone rosette, gold tuners, and an ebony fretboard inlaid with mother-of-pearl parallelograms. The Gibson J185 has a fully bound top, back, neck, and headstock.

FEATURES
  • Jumbo cutaway body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Flamed maple sides and back
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Abalone rosette
  • Full body, neck, and headstock binding
  • Active electronics with tone controls
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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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J185: Destined for Greatness

I was balking at the price of two other guitars of comparable features. (Martin and Taylor, which I also have:12-string & would love to have someday: 810.) I...Read complete review

I was balking at the price of two other guitars of comparable features. (Martin and Taylor, which I also have:12-string & would love to have someday: 810.) I picked up the J185, which looked out of my price range as well, and was surprised by the quality and the immediate familiarity of the whole guitar. My Les Paul hands fit perfectly. For a cutaway, the tone is excellent and the action/playability is exactly what I wanted. Ebony fingerboard, semi-jumbo size, fully bound all around with a big sound and you can plug it in to pound. (sorry) The tone seems to get even bigger as I play it each time. And, it's a Gibson. This guitar is great! I'll be keeping it.

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Big headaches

What a nightmare! I ordered my first J-185EC in April 2003 and the action kept getting higher and higher, despite being adjusted. Then I noticed the ebony fingerboard coming unglued from the...Read complete review

What a nightmare! I ordered my first J-185EC in April 2003 and the action kept getting higher and higher, despite being adjusted. Then I noticed the ebony fingerboard coming unglued from the spruce top and all of the other seams becoming exposed. They replaced it and I got a second one...which did the same thing months later! Then a third and finally a fourth replacement came and they all did the same thing. I was told by Gibson and other technicians that ebony wood is much too hard for this part of the country (Massachusetts) and does not expand and contract with seasonal changes as rosewood and other softer woods do. They refunded my money after two years and four replacements. Think about this one if you live where there are wild extremes in temperature and humidity.

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5.0

Just what I hoped for

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you are wondering about getting a blues king electro then you already know what it sounds like. I tried so many different guitars for the years before I got my BKE, but nothing compared to it-- because I was looking for its specific, acoustic-electric, sound. If you are wanting a natural sound like a Martin, or the highs of a Taylor, this isn't your guitar. BUt if you are considering this guitar, you dont want that sound anyways. If you want a rockin, strong and electrified acoustic sound, with superb feel, then this is your axe. Ive had mine since December and I love it more now than when I got it.

 
5.0

I bought two of these. One in each color.

By white boy johnny

from lahaina, HI

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I wanted to purchase the finest production model acc/elec available. if you know of a fully bound, ebony f&b, mop double inlay abalone rosette perfect action and intonation. slightly curved fingerboard and saddle, please e mail me immediately. plus it,s got to be wasp wasted, like a 1950s guild f-50. this ax got it all. does martin make a comparable elec/acc ax? not to my searching. this j185ec is a cadillac, just like all those guitars i got to play a few times and then hand them back to their owners.

 
5.0

There will never be a better acoustic guitar.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar has the best sound, punch, projection, durability, and absolutely great looks!! Only problem was mine had the action a little high... but once I got perfect action, it plays with little or no effort!

 
5.0

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By Maxwell-dH9Za

from Canada

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The J185EC is by leaps and bounds the nicest looking and sounding acoustic I've ever laid my hands on. I couldn't afford to buy it when I did, but I have never regretted it. Plays like butter. Even at the high price, it's a bargain.

 
5.0

Full acoustic sound with a cutaway

By tommylc

from WA

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I really like the bold acoustic sound that projects from this guitar. The jumbo body allows a full acoustic sound, while having the advantage of a cut away. The woods are top quality. The flamed maple is awsome! I also personally prefer the nitro finish for sound and looks. Most vintage guitar freaks agree. Great guitar to own.

 
5.0

Awesome

By rochlb

from Los Angeles, CA

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I've owned the Gibson J-185EC for over 3 years. I love it more and more each day. I have gigged with it many times, recorded with it, and play it every single day. It's my favorite guitar and I would never get rid of it. Plays like a dream. Through the 3 years i've played the J-185EC, every other acoustic i pick up and play just seems to not have the playability and feel of the neck, like the 185EC. I have to fight other acoustics to play em, I have no prob. with the 185EC

 
5.0

Near-Perfect

By BugMan

from Harrisburg, PA

Virtually all the tone quality and volume of my Martin D18 (not quite as deep) and way more playability. Learn how to adjust the neck & you can keep the action almost as slick as a good Paul. My proficiency up the neck increased significantly. Electronics are pretty good. My only grip - a plastic nut (chinsey for a guitar of this magnitude) & the pick guard curled up at the edges. Fits my taste & style perfectly. A Keeper!

 
2.0

Big headaches

By JJP009

from Southbridge, MA

What a nightmare! I ordered my first J-185EC in April 2003 and the action kept getting higher and higher, despite being adjusted. Then I noticed the ebony fingerboard coming unglued from the spruce top and all of the other seams becoming exposed. They replaced it and I got a second one...which did the same thing months later! Then a third and finally a fourth replacement came and they all did the same thing. I was told by Gibson and other technicians that ebony wood is much too hard for this part of the country (Massachusetts) and does not expand and contract with seasonal changes as rosewood and other softer woods do. They refunded my money after two years and four replacements. Think about this one if you live where there are wild extremes in temperature and humidity.

 
5.0

J185: Destined for Greatness

By Byron Faulder-7fVDs

from Gustine, CA

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I was balking at the price of two other guitars of comparable features. (Martin and Taylor, which I also have:12-string & would love to have someday: 810.) I picked up the J185, which looked out of my price range as well, and was surprised by the quality and the immediate familiarity of the whole guitar. My Les Paul hands fit perfectly. For a cutaway, the tone is excellent and the action/playability is exactly what I wanted. Ebony fingerboard, semi-jumbo size, fully bound all around with a big sound and you can plug it in to pound. (sorry) The tone seems to get even bigger as I play it each time. And, it's a Gibson. This guitar is great! I'll be keeping it.

 
5.0

This is the one

By Brad-kxfWM

from Paradise, CA

I have been a Martin loyalist for many years.....I tried and purchased this guitar about 6 months ago.....The quality and value is close to the best I've ever owned....works great for gigs or at home.....electronics are flawless.....the playablity is above average

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