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Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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Introduced in 1936, the J-35 was Gibson's answer to a call for a quality, handcrafted guitar with unrivaled tone and an incredible price. The 2013 J-...Read More

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Introduced in 1936, the J-35 was Gibson's answer to a call for a quality, handcrafted guitar with unrivaled tone and an incredible price. The 2013 J-35 is the modern equivalent of that original round-shoulder flat-top with Gibson's historically celebrated, full-bodied acoustic tone.

Reborn for the same reasons that brought the original to the market, the J-35 is handcrafted with solid tonewoods and all the acclaimed skill of Gibson Acoustic's luthiers of Bozeman, Montana. The spruce top and mahogany back and sides produce the warm, expressive tone sought after by renowned artists, acoustic connoisseurs, record producers and sound engineers.

The short-scale neck with dovetail neck-to-body joint, attached with traditional hot hide glue, provides for smooth tonal response and easy playing. An Antique Natural finish hand-sprayed with Gibson's signature nitrocellulose lacquer preserves the natural grain and lends a clean, modern look, while enhancing the guitar's resonance.

A unique fire stripe pickguard, multi-ply top binding and soundhole rosette, and a Gibson script and banner logo make it easy to distinguish the J-35 in the family of round-shoulder dreadnoughts. Equipped with an L.R. Baggs Element pickup, the J-35 is a go-to favorite for vocal accompaniment on stage or in the studio. Includes case.

The modern equivalent of Gibson's historically celebrated original round-shoulder flat-top.

FEATURES
  • 100% American-made quality Gibson handcrafted construction throughout
  • Solid mahogany for a warm-balanced tone
  • Short scale neck for easy playing
  • Mother-of-pearl dot inlay on fretboard and bridge
  • L.R. Baggs Element pickup
  • Includes case.

Get back to the future with this classic-looking and great-sounding dreadnought. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Body
    Body Type: J-45 Series
    Top: Solid Sitka Spruce Top
    Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
    Binding: Multi-ply Top Binding, Single-Ply Back Binding, Traditional Rosette
    Bracing: Scalloped Top Bracing

    Neck

    Species: Mahogany
    Profile: Round
    Thickness: 1.725" at Nut
    Truss Rod: Single Action

    Neck Fit
    Joint Compound: Dovetail
    Construction: Joint at 14th Fret
    Adhesive: Hide Glue

    Fingerboard

    Species: Rosewood
    Frets: 20
    Scale Length: 24-3/4"
    Radius: 12" Radius
    Fret Wire: Gibson Acoustic Standard Fret Wire
    Inlays: 1/4" mother-of-pearl dot
    Adhesive: Premium Titebond
    Nut
    Material: Tusq
    Width: 1.725"
    Headstock
    Type: Traditional AJ
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Inlay: Gold Script and Banner Gibson Decal
    Truss Rod Cover: Black
    Tuning Keys
    Type: White Button Vintage Tuners
    Plating: Nickel
    Ratio: 15:1
    Bridge
    Type: Traditional Rectangle
    Material: Rosewood
    Hardware
    Pickguard: 40's Style Firestripe
    Strap Buttons: End Pin Jack
    Strings: .011" - .052" Gibson Light Guage
    Pickups
    Preamp: L.R. Baggs Element
    Finish
    Sealer: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Antique: Natural
    Case
    Type: Gibson Standard Hardshell Case
    Case Exterior: Black Tolex
    Case Interior: Blue Fabric
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GibsonJ-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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  • Tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
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5.0

Gibson J35…a winner in the making.

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good action with a proper setup
  • Good Feel
  • Nice look to it.
  • Nice palette of tones from the lows to the highs
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Open mics
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I had been checking these out for some time at the local Guitar Center and was intrigued by the sound---
    a deep bass yet with distinct highs---I would say a tad brighter than a J45 but a nice sound nonetheless.
    I like the look, quality of construction. The LR Baggs pickup will do fine in a coffeeshop venue---you can always nuance the sound with a Paracoustic DI or Boss Graphic Equalizer. It will be a popular model as customers catch on to it. Worth a try for sure!

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    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Take the Plunge, You Won't Regret It!

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    from Sumter, SC

    Pros

    • Fire Stripe Pick Guard
    • Smell
    • The Entire Head Stock

    Cons

    • Plastic Bridge Pins

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I guess I should say that I consider myself a "Martin Man." My primary acoustic is a Custom Shop D-18. I bought the J-35 on a whim. I love the "old school" look and feel of it. Banner Logo, Antique Natural finish, pearl button tuners and that Fire-Stripe pick guard may have actually been the deciding factor since I bought it online and had never even tried one before.

      Pick it, strum it, finger-pick it, it does it all. It is a great rhythm/vocal accompaniment guitar, but so much more. It's even good for old blues, which I love. The nitro finish is flawless as is the wood grain. The neck is a little thicker than the one on my Martin, and it has a lacquer finish on it, but even with small hands and short fingers I have no problems with playing/ hand fatigue. In fact, after 4 months of ownership, this is my go-to guitar. I prefer this style neck and fret board now and let me tell you, she plays like butter! It comes from factory with 10's, but I stuck 11's on it and it has a lot more volume and thump now.

      I always wondered why Gibson's were so bloody expensive, but if this represents their acoustic abilities, then I understand a bit more now. The nitro/hide glue/mahogany combination makes for one nice smell! Guitar weighs in at about 4 lbs, 2 ounces, so she's very lightweight. Case is very nice with the Gibson blue lining. I wanted a completely acoustic version of this, but I've tried the electronics on it a few times and I can't complain at all. You can't even tell it has electronics hardly except for the endpin jack. Tone wood prices are going up this summer and you can already see that with some popular manufacturers. If something happened to this, I would replace it as many times as I needed to.

      Bottom line: if you are even thinking about it, go for it.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful guitar

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      from Maryland

      Pros

      • Playability
      • Tone
      • value
      • Volume

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Music
        • BLUEGRASS
        • Fingerpicking

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is an amazing value! It has great tone and power combined with excellent action. Can't say enough good about it.

        Sounds super plugged in or unplugged.

        I like the clean, uncluttered look of the guitar. The mahogany back and sides are beautiful.

        If you can, buy one of these. You won't be disappointed.

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        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet instrument

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        from Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to play
        • Light Weight
        • Low Price
        • Tone

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • On stage
        • Vocal Accompaniment

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        My new J35 plays like a dream right out of the box. I own 3 other Gibson acoustics, including a J45 and a Songwriter Deluxe. My new J35 is easy to play like the J45 and projects loud and full like the rosewood Songwriter. It has a great mellow but full sound that I love from mahogany guitars. Everyone who picks it up comments on how light weight my J35 is. Being light weight is a good thing for me because I stand on stage and a heavier guitar gets heavier as the night passes. For strumming to accompany vocals, this guitar is hard to beat. For me, no other guitar plays like a Gibson. This guitar is worth the price.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best guitar in its price range

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        from OR

        Pros

        • Clarity
        • Excellent volume
        • Good Playability

        Cons

        • Pickup Isn't Very Good

        Best Uses

        • Any

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I love my Gibson J-35! It is a great value. I've had mine for several months now. It is the most "alive" sounding Gibson acoustic I have ever played. It knocks out many guitars of many brands costing much more. The pickup is more or less useless, but so are all undersaddle transducers (in my opinion)--they make all guitars sound the same, buzzy and electronic. But the pickup could be used in a pinch and there is a soundhole-accessible volume control. This is,, however, the best value in its price range, hands down.

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        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic guitar

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        from Birmingham, AL

        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Excellent sound
        • Good tuning machines
        • Great feel
        • Neck Profile
        • Simple features

        Cons

        • Tusq Nut And Saddle

        Best Uses

        • Anything
        • Collection
        • Jamming
        • Live
        • Studio

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a simple, no frills, type guitar. It is fantastic for any use that I can think of. It's good for all types of music, unless you need to get to the upper frets. I thought the only real downside was the tusq nut & saddle. I figured they would have used bone for the nut, saddle, and bridge pins. One call to Bob Colosi and I resolved that issue. So if you have the same concern, go to guitarsaddles dot com and Bob can set you up with bone, ivory, etc. The sound and feel of this guitar is indescribable though. You really need to pick one up and play it to know the feeling. If you are a seasoned guitar player looking for a reasonably priced Gibson, look no further.

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this again

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is the most awesome guitar I've own including other Gibson's I think it's a step above any new Martin in sound It can handle Bluegrass Gospel Rock Blues and Country any thing you throw at it, it does the Job and then some I have had Martins and traded one in on this, Just wish it had better bridge pins but hey those can be changed...Get you one today you wont be sorry....everyone that's tried mine like's it and it hard for them to turn it loose ...Happy Picking

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        (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        J-35 A Great Dreadnought

        Pros

        • Heavy Projection
        • LOUD
        • Resonant
        • Rings Like A Bell

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • For Everything

        Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The new 2013 J-35 reissue is a great sounding guitar. It is priced very nice for an Am. made Gibson and probably the best value of all their guitars. This is an exteremely loud and powerful dread especially for being a mahogany back & sides guitar.80/20 strings sound the best on all Gibsons as they bring out the brightness and punch much better than phos/brz strings. Comes with Gibson 11s ,but I put 12s on and it is much louder and rings more. Built with expert craftmanship and detail and is very clean. The hide glue used adds to the clairty and projection of this hog. Very woody and resonant with a very nice sustain and very balanced over all. I collect, and have Gibsons , Martins,Bourgeios ,Eastman,etc plus a bunch of electrics and strongly consider this axe a very high end guitar for a very reasonable price point.Compared to a J-45 ,IMO this one blows J-45s out of the water,big time!! This guitar will be a huge success for Gibson. Pricing will surely change in the future. The J-35 will literally blow your mind.Thank you Gibson(The King of Acoustics)for making this treasure.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic round shouldered Drednought

        By 

        from Alabama

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Tone Playability

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I after owning a couple of J-45's in the past I was looking at getting another round shouldered dreadnought. The new J-35 was just what I was looking for and at a very reasonable price. This guitar offers all the tone, playability and craftsmanship you expect from a Gibson acoustic. As with the J-45 it is guitar that is great for all styles of music and if your a gigging musician the pickup works great and the sound hole volume control is simple and convenient to use. If your looking for a quality Gibson acoustic you owe to yourself to try one of the new J-35's you will be glad you did.

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          (17 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Remarkable Guitar for the Money

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          from Cambridge, WI

          Pros

          • Electronic Pickup
          • Intonation
          • Playability
          • price
          • Short scale
          • Tone
          • Vintage Features

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Campfire Performance
          • Couch Performance
          • Live performance
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This Gibson J30 is an incredible value. I own Bourgeois, Collings, Goodall, Santa Cruz, and Martin Guitars - all high end $4K-$6K guitars. I wanted a guitar for open mic events and campfire events that I wouldn't have to worry about nicks and dings, etc. I was shocked how well the Gibson J30 compares against these high end instruments. The craftsmanship is very good (i.e., good seams, no excess glue drippings inside, nice finish, etc.). The setup right out of the box was perfect including the intonation. The shortscale and neck profile is very comfortable. Sounds amazing for the money. It is very resonant and responsive. The light strings are great for fingerpicking but they handle strumming extremely well also. The Baggs Element pickup sound phenomenal through my Schertler David Amp. This instrument really surprised me at this price point. Highly recommend!!

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