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J-165 EC Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The J-165 EC Maple is a welcome addition to Gibson's distinguished line of L-Series small-body acoustics. For players wanting a comfortable, small-body acoustic with the tonal characteristics of a Jum... Read More

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The J-165 EC Maple is a welcome addition to Gibson's distinguished line of L-Series small-body acoustics. For players wanting a comfortable, small-body acoustic with the tonal characteristics of a Jumbo, the J-165 EC maple answers the call. The J-165 EC Maple has the same shape as Gibson's Jumbos, but with smaller dimensions.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides, and top)

The top of the J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Eastern maple, giving the J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic an evenly biased, warm tone, with robust, well-defined lows and sparkling highs. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with "the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities," and today's guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Nickel Grover Mini Rotomatic Tuners

Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the mini 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 ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today's J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic. 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."

Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint

The dovetail neck joint is one of the oldest—and best—ways of securely joining the neck to the body of a guitar. It is also a complex and expensive neck joint to build, but the result is a tight, locking connection that supports the neck at the proper neck-pitch angle, allowing the body and neck to become one solid piece of resonating wood, with no metal to impede vibration. This process is done entirely by hand, requiring patience and skill.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays

The fingerboard of Gibson's J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic 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 J-165 EC Maple'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 the playability of the J-165 EC Maple.

Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System

Gibson's J-165 EC Maple Modern Classic 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 J-165 EC as miked in a professional studio, and onstage, thus eliminating the complicated setups of expensive microphones. Aura 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.

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  • AA-grade Sitka spruce top
  • AAA-grade Eastern maple back and sides
  • Nickel Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners
  • Tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Fishman Aura Pro acoustic pickup system
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Bought in Store

By Jeff Curley

from Austin, TX

I looked at this in the GC store last weekend and loved it... but had my mind set on an all KOA custom shop Gibson acoustic songwriter that I got instead. Alas, I could not forget this one so I went back to the GC store and offered considerably less than the marked price on it and was surprised when they agreed on it! This guitar sounds incredible, but more than that is the way it feels. I love big booming guitars and have Gibson's, Guild's, and Taylor's... but this smaller frame and more petite neck have blown me away. This may become my daily player for a while. I highly recommend this guitar - did I say it looks great too? :)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson J-165 EC Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar

By Jack Koh

from Hoffman Estates, Illinois

This Gibson holds a beautiful look that can attract many people. Its rich sound gives it the quality of a well-made guitar. I like the color combination of the guitar and especially the sound. The tone that this guitar can make is unbelievable. It has that great depth that everyone looks for. Gibson has made another great guitar!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


What heaven sounds like with strings

By buckshot

from Las Cruces, NM

For any guitar player who enjoys the vibrant sounds of a Gibson guitar, this is the guitar for you. Why you may ask? Seriously, like any Gibson guitar, you are guaranteed great quality, weather it be an accoustic guitar or an electric guitar and this badboy is no exception. And when you buy from Guitar Center, you're always getting a great deal, considering this Gibson guitar is a whole 22% off. So be ready to rock the stage weather it be a small set up or a full-sized arean because you'll be rocking the stage with this beautifully sounding Gibson J-165 EC Maple Acoustic Electric Guitar!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar

By Steven

from Westwood, NY

I've been playing for a couple of years and many different brands this guitar has solid tone and is decently loud but I still like my martin omjm but still a fantastic guitar.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar Good Stuff

By Armando Montoya

from Aurora,IL

I Got to give it up to who ever tought of making this guitar because first it has the great sound of an acoustic and the power of an electric without amp it sounds beautiful with amp it gives you that great rock sound I wouldn't know anyone who wouldnt buy this this is such an amazin guitar for begginers and pros so what are you waiting for go out and buy it already

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar

By Jon Louvis

from Wayne, Nj

Amazing guitar... It has a great tone and, due to the size of the body, is just loud enough to play in a public place with out bothering anyone but still loud enough to be heard. Very good quality. I would recommend this to an experienced guitarist that prefers a bluesy tone.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Sound!!

By James White

from Pike Road, AL

This guitar is absolutely amazing! The action on the fretboard doesn't make your fingers sore like most acoustics do. The sound that comes from this guitar puts all other acoustics to shame! The finish is amazing, the quality is perfect, and the sound is beautiful! Pricey? Not even close considering how amazing this guitar will make your music sound. If you wanted an honest review about this guitar. You got one!

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing its a Gibson

By Jose

from el paso, TX

REally impressed by the quality of this guitar. I mean not only looks beautyful but sounds amazing. It really has an unique tone, its loud because of the big body it has, so no worring much about playing it in loud places. I would really recomend this to anyone that wants to play a high end acoustic guitar.

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