With a slightly smaller body than Gibson’s fabled Super Jumbos, the Gibson J185 Acoustic Electric Guitar offers an excellent alternative for players seeking a smaller body style without sacrificing acoustic power and projection.
The first Gibson J185 was introduced in 1951, giving players a broader choice of flat-top acoustic guitars. Traditionally, the J185 features a body length of 20 1/4 inches, a width of 16 inches, and a body depth of 4 7/8 inches, producing a big sound with clear acoustics, making it equally impressive for powerful strumming or delicate fingerpicking, and everything in between.
Gibson J185 Acoustic Electric Guitar Features
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Gibson Logo
- Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Crown Peghead Logo
- Tortoise Pickguard
- Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
- Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
- Fishman Aura Ellipse Acoustic Pickup System
- Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
- Radius Top
- Nitrocellulose Finish
- Body Binding
- Hardshell Case Included
Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the J185. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Crown Peghead Logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today’s J185. Over the years, it has also been called a thistle
because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a crown.
The tortoise pickguard for the J185 is Gibson’s standard 1950s-style Jumbo shape. As with all of Gibson Acoustic’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.
The rosette on the J185 is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson’s J185 is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J185’s split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge, instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edge is slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing playability.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J185 is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AA-grade Eastern maple, giving a perfect balance of sound and playability.
Fishman Ellipse Aura Electronics Package
Gibson’s J-200 Studio comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Ellipse Aura electronics package, which combines Fishman’s most sophisticated onboard preamp design with the power of the popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. The result is acoustic sound that is exceptionally accurate and true to life. Already loaded onto the system are four images that best match the instrument’s natural tonal characteristics. You can make adjustments to any of them using the system’s Pickup/Image Blend or Volume controls, or use the switchable Natural I and Natural II low frequencies for tone shaping. You can also control feedback with the Phase switch and automatic Anti-Feedback device control. The pickup's ergonomic soundhole-mounted design puts slider controls at your fingertips so you can maintain a natural playing position at all times. The Fishman Ellipse Aura is used by such noted musicians as Brad Paisley, Pete Townshend and Travis Tritt.
The bracing pattern inside the J185 was created in 1951 as a smaller version of the design used in the Gibson’s legendary Super Jumbos. This traditional X
pattern delivers an exceptionally balanced tonal palette ideal for both the stage and studio environments, making the guitar a standard choice among today’s discerning players.
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