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
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Gibson Logo
- Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Crown Peghead Logo
- Abalone Rosette
- Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
- Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
- Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System
- Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
- Radius Top
- Nitrocellulose Finish
- Body Binding
- Includes Hardshell Case
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.
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.
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