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J-35 Guitars

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    Gibson 2018 Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Product Price $1,869.00
Behind any great guitar there's a story, and those usually fall into one of two categories: a cutting-edge innovation that marks a shift in guitar-building philosophy, or a long, colorful heritage that has slowly shaped an instrument into a masterpiece decades in the making. Gibson's J-35 Guitars are a great example of that second case, being first introduced in 1936 and staying true to its roots even as the industry, and its own specifications, were modernized around it. That probably comes as no surprise for a guitar from Gibson, a luthier with over a century of history and experience building instruments destined for greatness.

When the J-35 was first released, it was to meet the demand for a well-made, handcrafted guitar at a price point that depression-stricken musicians could afford. It's still carrying that flag today, producing incredible tone while going easy on the wallet. The design is based on a sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides, delivering a traditional look and feel, along with classic, full-bodied Gibson tone. On top of that, the J-35 has a great set of finishing touches, including a multi-ply top binding and its distinctive fire stripe pick guard - a feature that really helps it to stand out from other acoustic guitars.

Although Gibson is known for sticking with tradition, that doesn't mean they aren't finding new ways to innovate as well. The trick is knowing which philosophy to apply to each part of the instrument. From a traditional standpoint, the J-35 still uses its 1930s-style X-bracing pattern, and the tonewoods are based on the vintage standard. But at the same time, year-over-year updates give those old-school features the edge they need to keep up with modern players. For instance, the 2016 model upgraded the truss rod cover, refined the fingerboard edge contour and finish, and added a new L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup system.

If you've been waiting for the perfect excuse to spoil yourself a little, then one of the J-35 guitars in this section could be it. Living up to the strict standards set by their 1930s ancestors and kept up-to-date with a suite of modern touches, they're instruments that combine the greatest of the old and the new - just what you'd expect from more than a century of Gibson experience. And best of all, they've made all this accessible on just about any budget. What more could we ask for?

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