|Comments||Here is a lovely 1955 Gibson J-185 Sunburst. Introduced in 1951 as a smaller alternative to the big Super Jumbo models like the J-200, the J-185 offers similar aesthetics (though it’s nowhere near as decorated!) with a shorter scale length (24.75 inch, as with the J-35 and most Gibson electrics). It was discontinued in 1958, with few made.
In 1962, Gibson modified the J-185 design, with an adjustable bridge, star inlays, black finish and big dual pickguards – as the Everly Brothers model.
This very good condition example of the original J-185 design plays well and has a clear, crisp, balanced sound.
|Serial Number||A20701, built during 1955 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.|
|Pricing||$13,500 CAD with original case. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. Faux pearl split parallelogram position markers, mother of pearl leaf and Gibson logo on black headplate. 24.75 inch scale length, slim rounded profile.|
|Frets||At some point this instrument was professionally refretted, and the frets are worn in the lower positions.|
|Body||Smaller Jumbo body, maple back and sides with spruce top; rosewood bridge with characteristic ‘maltese crosses’ on the bridge ends.|
|Finish||Original gloss sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish, in very good condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original Kluson Deluxe tuners with plastic keystone buttons. Faux Tortoise pickguard, bone saddle, delrin nut.|
|Playability/Action||Plays well, and the body size is quite comfortable.|
|Case||Original brown Gibson hardshell case included.|
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