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Gibson J-185 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Mother-of-pearl split parallelogram inlays on the bound rosewood fretboard, distinctive Maltese cross bridge inlays, late '50s-style tortoise pickgua...Read More
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Luxurious details, impeccable craftsmanship, and sublime woods for a gorgeous performer's piece.
Mother-of-pearl split parallelogram inlays on the bound rosewood fretboard, distinctive Maltese cross bridge inlays, late '50s-style tortoise pickguard, and 4-ply top binding combine for a stunning visual statement. Full, bold tone is generated by a solid Sitka spruce top that's given snappy projection by solid Eastern maple back and sides--all faithfully amplified by the L.R. Baggs pickup. V-profile mahogany neck and narrow waist offer long-term playing comfort. Includes Gibson hardshell case.
- Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Bone nut and Tusq saddle
- "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
- Industry's finest electronics
- Premium hardshell case
- Distinctive labels
J-185 Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar
- Solid Sitka spruce top
- Solid eastern maple back and sides
- Bound rosewood fretboard
- Mahogany V-shaped neck
- 4-ply top binding
- Nickel Gotoh tuners
- Pearloid keystone buttons
- L.R. Baggs pickup
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When I went to purchase a guitar...I was going to buy something cheap. I talked to my grandfather and he said "don't fart around..Get a Gibson"I have never regreted the investment and love the fact it's American made.I have owned it for about about 10 years now I guess..It plays even better than when I bought it. I have the J-185 KOA....It has an incredible sound that just keeps getting better.Workmanship is excellent along with the folks @ Gibson..I had a knob gear fail..They sent me a complete set just to be sure they matched..You can't ask for more than that.
Have had my hands on this smoky-sweet old gal for about a week now...plyaed 4-5 shows and each time, the guitar shows me something new. I'm blown away by the tone, feel, and looks of this ageless beauty. One I'll will down to my grandchildren.
I always wanted a J-200, but I went to the store and saw a J-185 acoustic/electric. After playing both, the J-185 just sounded better and even looked better. I don't know if mine is a custom or not, but the neck is split maple and the back and sides are Rosewood.....and the markings on the headstock is not the usual Gibson Crown...but a cool design....after doing some research, I had to spent the 2k and get it...and I love it..my the only thing I would have done different is position the fishman electronics in a different location....but that is minor.....
I have played guitar for about 20 years now. The Gibson J-185 is the guitar I chose when I finally arrived in a position to be able to purchase pretty much whatever guitar I wanted. I had planned on a Martin, but this guitar really called to me from the shop floor, and the sound... I knew it was the one. It has class, personality, tone, presence, it's a beautiful guitar. I'm sorry I can't provide you with a more technical breakdown, it's not about that for me. This guitar makes me want to play all day, every day. Best purchase I've ever made.
I waited 6 weeks for this instrument. Straight out of the box, it sounded and smelt wonderful. I allowed it to settle down for two months in the UK before dropping the saddle as the bass string was originally 3.9mm at the 12th fret, just a bit too high. I cannot fault the instrument, it does everything I want it too. My only reservation, is that to drop the action any further in the future, it will require a neck reset, but I don't envisage it moving anymore. Bite the Bullett and buy a Real Handmade Gibson. You will never regret it.
A big guitar with a big, bright tone. If you like big guitars (I do), you'll love this. Very, very nice. The maple back and sides give it a subtle character. This and the Martin D-28 are my favorite acoustics.
I've had this acoustic for aproximately 6 months now. While in the market I compared this to similar Taylors and Martins like everyone else and nothing clicked with me. Martins were dull. Taylors tended to be too bright. The J- 185 is a great mix of the two. It has the classic Gibson bell tones and this little girl is loud! I tend to be a finger picker so the amazing projection from this guitar is well apreciated. No regrets about this.