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Gibson J185 EC Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

Building on the traditional foundation of Gibson’s Jumbo body style, the Gibson J185 EC Acoustic Electric Guitar moves into the present with a cutaway design for easier playability and increased aesthetic appeal. Includes hardshell case.

The perfect acoustic for just about any musical genre, the sound has a warm, huge low end with ringing, harmonically rich treble response, and is capable of achieving a pure dynamic contrast.

Gibson J185 EC Acoustic Electric Guitar Features

  • Gibson Logo
  • Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Crown Peghead Logo
  • Pickguard
  • Abalone Rosette
  • Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
  • Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
  • Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System
  • Bracing
  • Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Radius Top
  • Nitrocellulose Finish
  • Body Binding
  • Includes Hardshell Case
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the J185 EC. 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 EC. 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 pickguard for the J185 EC is a custom series designed especially for its distinct cutaway shape. As with all of Gibson Acoustic’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.

Abalone Rosette
The rosette on the J185 EC is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring is three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson’s J185 EC 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 EC’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 edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing playability.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J185 EC is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AA-grade Eastern curly maple, giving a warm, huge low end with ringing, harmonically rich treble response, capable of achieving a pure dynamic contrast, which makes it the perfect acoustic for just about any musical genre.

Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson’s J185 EC comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Aura Pro, featuring Fishman’s popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. This ground-breaking pickup system reproduces the natural sound of the J185 EC as miked in a professional studio, and onstage, thus eliminating the complicated setups of expensive microphones. Auro Pro uses digital algorithms to create images of various microphones’ captured sounds. Players can then blend these images with an acoustic guitar’s pickup to produce an immediate and dramatic improvement in amplified sound. The Fishman Aura Pro’s preamp includes a tuner, and is mounted on the bass side rim of the upper bout.

The bracing pattern inside the J185 EC 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.

American Musical Supply - an Authorized Gibson Internet Retailer
American Musical Supply has been selected as one of Gibson's very few Authorized Internet Retail Sites in the United States. As one of only a handful of companies to have this honor, AMS offers an extensive line of Gibson products, all covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty available only from Authorized Gibson retailers.

Gibson is recognized as one of the most respected guitar builders in the world and AMS is proud to have a decades-long history with them. We are truly honored that Gibson has chosen us to bring their world-class instruments to you.

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Product Specifications
Gibson J185 EC Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications

  • Top Species: AA-grade Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: AA-grade Eastern Curly Maple
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Split Parallelograms
  • Tuners: Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Pickups: Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
JVM from Friday Harbor, Wa
Playability and Feel
gets better with time
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Very well made beautiful guitar
How has it stood up over time?
have owned it four years now with no problems and it is played almost daily
Your general opinion of this product.
very good, you don't see this kind of quality often these days
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
when I first got the guitar it felt a little stiff. It was good for blues leads and finger picking, but chording felt awkward. I was used to a Martin arch top electric neck and this was wider. now after four years this guitar just gets better and better the more I play it. It still feels better to me as a finger pick or single note, but much of the stiffness with chords has gone away even with switching between Martin archtop, Telecaster and the Gibson, the Gibson feel gets more and more comfortable
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Tone is quite balanced without amplification and with the fishman electronics you can get quite a variety of sound. I generally use an Acoustic AG60.
How did the stain or paint job look?
very good
How was the action out of the box?
stiff, but no fret buzz and intonation was dead on all the way up the neck
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