The J-185 was introduced in 1951 and quickly became a best-seller in the Gibson jumbo line. With a slightly smaller body than its fabled cousin, the SJ-200, the J-185 offers an excellent alternative for players looking for the power and projection of the Super Jumbo in a smaller body style.
This J-185 12 String produces a clear, bright tone with beautifully balanced sonic range. It has a dovetail neck-to-body joint, hand-fitted and secured with hide glue ensures unequalled resonance transfer from strings to body. Its mid-sized body provides projection and clarity, and its special thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish will allow the guitar’s tone to mature with age. This special J-185 has classic touches like the mother-of-pearl Maltese cross bridge inlay, fret-over binding and upgraded L.R. Baggs pickup.
Body Style: J-185
Wood: Sitka spruce top, flame maple back and sides
Binding: Multi-ply top and back, multi-ply double-ring rosette
Finish: Ebony black, nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: 1-piece mahogany, 1.725” Tusq nut
Neck-to-body: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret
Bracing: Traditional scalloped x-bracing
Fingerboard: 12″ radius bound rosewood with MOP parallelogram inlay
Scale: 24 3/4″
Bridge: Belly up rosewood with Tusq saddle
Pickguard: Traditional Hummingbird pickguard
Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatics
Electronics: L.R. Baggs
As anyone who’s played one knows, there are 12 strings, and there are good 12 strings. This is certainly one of the good ones.
It has a super comfy low action all the way up the neck, and it doesn’t fight you like some of those “other” 12 stringers do. And does it sound good ? – Why YES. It’s a big but balanced tone, lots of chime & midrange punch.
The Baggs pickup system is one of the best around, and works a charm on this 12.
It is in great condition. No damage, no repairs, no dings & dents, and no issues. It is a great sounding 12 string instrument in a mid-range size, but with a lovely even projection.
Comes in its original Gibson hard case in excellent condition.