GIBSON J-185 Original Antique Natural SN #22452018

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GIBSON J-185 Original Antique Natural

Gibson acoustics are iconic and although the Gibson J-185 Original is believed by many to be one of Gibson's best acoustic instruments.  Much to the delight of devoted Gibson lovers, it seems to be fairly obscure definitely less famous than its big brother the J-200.

The J-185 was originally released in the early 1950s and designed to be slight smaller than its larger companion, the SJ-200. Despite this the J-185 still offers superior performance and tone you know and expect from a Gibson Acoustic guitar.

The Gibson J-185 Original maintains unsurpassed balance of lows, mids, and highs, with equal response to every note on the fretboard. Acclaimed by many as the perfect body size and shape for any player.

Handmade in Bozemon, Montana in the Gibson Acoustic Guitar Factory, this J-185 features a solid Sitka Sprice top and Solid Flame Maple back and sides.  Finished with Nitrocellulose lacquer for its ability to protect wood without suppressing resonance, and the so-called "breathing" ability.


Gibson J-185 Original Specifications


  • Body Shape: J-185
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Back: Flame maple
  • Side: Flame maple
  • Bracing: Traditional hand scalloped X-bracing
  • Binding: Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose


  • Material: Mahogany
  • Profile: Slim Taper
  • Scale Length: 24.75" / 628.65mm
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number Of Frets: 20
  • Frets: Standard
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.72" / 43.81mm
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl Parallelograms
  • Joint: Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body


  • Tuner Plating: Nickel
  • Bridge: Traditional belly up
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh Keystone
  • Pickguard: J-185
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White
  • Bridge Pins: Tusq


  • Under Saddle Pickup: LR Baggs VTC
  • Controls: Volume and Tone controls


  • Strings Gauge: 0.053, 0.042, 0.032, 0.024, 0.016, 0.012
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: Includes Gibson Accessory Kit



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