|Comments||Gibson’s True Vintage concept is to reproduce the look, feel and sound of original production instruments, using materials that are as close as possible to the original – excepting endangered woods like Brazilian rosewood. Brazilian rosewood was once an extremely common material – used in instruments and furniture, but since the 1960’s it has been on the CITIES list of endagered species and many builders, including Gibson, won’t use it.
The J-185 was originally built in 1951, with a body just a bit smaller than the Super Jumbos, particularly the J-200. It’s a very comfortable body size, and the tonal results are more balanced than the larger guitars.
This 2007 Gibson J-185 True Vintage has a very rich, full, balanced tone with lots of volume and projection and is a very, very good sounding instrument.
|Serial Number||00957021, built during 2007 in Bozeman, Montana.|
|Pricing||$2,000 CAD with original case.|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with bound Madagascar rosewood fingerboard, mother of pearl split parallelogram position markers, mother of pearl Gibson logo and leaf on headstock.|
|Frets||Original frets with no appreciable wear.|
|Body||Gibson Jumbo body, just smaller than the J-200, with spruce top and curly maple back and sides. Madagascar rosewood bridge with maltese-cross inlays. Body width is 16 inches and depth is 4 7/8 inches.|
|Finish||Original Gloss sunbust nitrocellulose lacquer finish in very good condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||Kluson Deluxe type tuners with plastic Keystone buttons; Fishman matrix pickup installed; bone saddle installed at the Gibson factory in Bozeman, Montana, original bridge in the case.|
|Playability/Action||This guitar plays really, really well, and there’s lots of room on the saddle for action adjustments.|
|Case||Original Gibson Brown/Pink case.|
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