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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • 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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Great Guitar

By Misery

from North Carolina

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.


big and bright

By Macrohead

from Undisclosed

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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.


Dream Come True

By Brother Burr

from Hilton Head, SC

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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.


Always wanted a Gibson Acoustic

By Kev Smith

from Kendal England

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.


Gibson J-185 - It sings to me...

By loveyourmusic

from Canada

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.


Clear tones and a joy to play...

By Michael-IuE0F

from MI

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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.


Heaven on Earth......

By Frank Pinto

from Euless, TX

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 the only thing I would have done different is position the fishman electronics in a different location....but that is minor.....

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