Released January, 1951
The Pros:Excellent projection, plays very loud and you often don't need an amp. Tone is very bright and cheery, feels energetic. Excellent clarity, sound doesn't get muffled inside the body.
The Cons:Factory set action is pretty high, may need some adjustment.
The Gibson J-185 is a Gibson Jumbo acoustic guitar first introduced in 1951 to offer a broader choice of flat-top guitars. With a smaller body than Gibson’s Super Jumbo units, the J-185 provides a more compact solution that doesn’t sacrifice on power and projection.
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Its exact specifications are 20-1/4” (length) by 16” (width) by 4-7/8” (depth). Included are parallelogram inlays on the fretboard, a ‘50s-style pickguard, and a 4-play top binding. Signature to the guitar are its original Rotomatic tuners with a gear ratio of 14:1; they allow for precision tuning and are thoroughly protected by the housing. The entire unit is coated in an upscale nitrocellulose finish, giving the impression of quality and tradition.
- Gibson Jumbo
- Acoustic Guitar
- Compact Body
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Parallelogram Inlays
- Jumbo Pickguard
- 4-Play Top Binding
- Rotomatic Tuners
- Nitrocellulose Finish
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User Reviews (3)
excellent projection, plays very loud and you often don't need an amp
tone is very bright and cheery, feels energetic
excellent clarity, sound doesn't get muffled inside the body
on board electronics are solid and responsive, no hum or buzz
very playable for different styles, whether chords, single note leads or fingerstyle
sweet ivory inlays on the neck, nice angled design
factory set action is pretty high, may need some adjustment
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