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Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Introduced in 1936, the J-35 was Gibson's answer to a call for a quality, handcrafted guitar with unrivaled tone and an incredible price. The 2013 J-35 is the modern equivalent of that original round-... Click To Read More About This Product

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Introduced in 1936, the J-35 was Gibson's answer to a call for a quality, handcrafted guitar with unrivaled tone and an incredible price. The 2013 J-35 is the modern equivalent of that original round-shoulder flat-top with Gibson's historically celebrated, full-bodied acoustic tone.

Reborn for the same reasons that brought the original to the market, the J-35 is handcrafted with solid tonewoods and all the acclaimed skill of Gibson Acoustic's luthiers of Bozeman, Montana. The spruce top and mahogany back and sides produce the warm, expressive tone sought after by renowned artists, acoustic connoisseurs, record producers and sound engineers.

The short-scale neck with dovetail neck-to-body joint, attached with traditional hot hide glue, provides for smooth tonal response and easy playing. An Antique Natural finish hand-sprayed with Gibson's signature nitrocellulose lacquer preserves the natural grain and lends a clean, modern look, while enhancing the guitar's resonance.

A unique fire stripe pickguard, multi-ply top binding and soundhole rosette, and a Gibson script and banner logo make it easy to distinguish the J-35 in the family of round-shoulder dreadnoughts. Equipped with an L.R. Baggs Element pickup, the J-35 is a go-to favorite for vocal accompaniment on stage or in the studio. Includes case.


  • 100% American-made quality Gibson handcrafted construction throughout
  • Solid mahogany for a warm-balanced tone
  • Short scale neck for easy playing
  • Mother-of-pearl dot inlay on fretboard and bridge
  • L.R. Baggs Element pickup
  • Includes case.
  • Body Type: J-45 Series
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Binding: Multi-ply Top Binding, Single-Ply Back Binding, Traditional Rosette
  • Bracing: Scalloped Top Bracing
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Round
  • Thickness: 1.725" at Nut
  • Truss Rod: Single Action
Neck Fit
  • Joint Compound: Dovetail
  • Construction: Joint at 14th Fret
  • Adhesive: Hide Glue
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Radius: 12" Radius
  • Fret Wire: Gibson Acoustic Standard Fret Wire
  • Inlays: 1/4" mother-of-pearl dot
  • Adhesive: Premium Titebond
  • Material: Tusq
  • Width: 1.725"
  • Type: Traditional AJ
  • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Inlay: Gold Script and Banner Gibson Decal
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black
Tuning Keys
  • Type: White Button Vintage Tuners
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Ratio: 15:1
  • Type: Traditional Rectangle
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Pickguard: 40's Style Firestripe
  • Strap Buttons: End Pin Jack
  • Strings: .011" - .052" Gibson Light Guage
  • Preamp: L.R. Baggs Element
  • Sealer: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Antique: Natural
  • Type: Gibson Standard Hardshell Case
  • Case Exterior: Black Tolex
  • Case Interior: Blue Fabric
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GibsonJ-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic guitar!

By Westside Ryan

from Milwaukee, WI

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Records Great
  • Rich Sound
  • Sounds Better Than A J-45
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Fingerpicking
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Super Versatile

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I needed to kill some time when I remembered that there was a Guitar Center near by. So I stopped in and took a look around their acoustic room. I wasn't in the market for a new guitar, as I had recently dropped four grand on a nice L-00, but once I picked up the J-35 and picked the first note, I knew it was going to come home with me. I almost passed it by, but I am so glad that I didn't! This guitar sounds fantastic! It is very balanced sounding, has a great low end, and actually sounds played in. This guitar is super versatile. I am mainly a finger picker, but it also sounds fantastic flat picked or strummed. It also records amazingly well. I have aquired a few nice guitars over the years and if I was forced to get rid of all of them except for one, there is very good chance that the J-35 would be sticking around. Although I personally prefer the sunburst of my J-45 to the natural top of the J-35, I much prefer the sound of the J-35. It just sounds warmer and more inviting. I really don't care for under saddle pickups, so pulled out the Baggs Element and installed a Baggs Lyric (on the back side of the bridge plate). While I was at it I also replaced the Tusq saddle and nut with ones that I made out of bone. This definately improved the sound of an already great sounding instrument. While I was at it I also removed the pickguard (which looks to be a printed design) and replaced it with one fashioned out of celluloid. Now the guitar sounds, plys and looks fantastic. I am so glad that I needed to kill some time and walked into a Guitar Center that day!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Guitar at Great Price

    By Jeremy Shere

    from Bloomington, IN

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I'm not a guitar expert or anything. I can't opine with authority about the nuts and bolts of the Gibson J-35. But what I can say is that this guitar simply plays and sounds great. I was playing a really nice Taylor 414 when I got wind of this new Gibson, and instantly became intrigued. Once I got my hands on the J-35 I knew I had to trade in the Taylor. Without getting too technical about it, what makes the J-35 so great is its find balance of meaty lows and crisp highs. Up and down the neck, wherever your fingers take you, the tone is rich and true and makes whatever you're playing sound better. If you've been longing for a Gibson acoustic/electric but don't have multiple thousands of dollars to invest, the J-35 is for you.

    (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


    not in love

    By michael

    from falls church, va

    Site Member

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I picked up a J-35 in december '13 my xmas gift to me.. my first acoustic gibson. in the store it played nice, felt good and sounded nice as well. of course it was in a nice sound acoustic room. As is all acoustic guitars i find they need some time to open up like a good bottle of wine. after playing the showroom J-35 i put my money down. got a brand new out of the box J-35. took it home and started playing. this wasn't the same guitar as in the store. it was very thin and tinny sounding. OK, lets change some strings. nope didn't help. let open up, nope still didn't help i've had just over a year and its the same. I have tried all kinds of different strings and gages tinny and thin. Kind'a bummed because i do like the feel of the guitar. there were a couple of other things too; like the tuners were very hard to turn. have had them looked at and nobody seems to know what the issue is. suggestions to change them out and maybe that would help the sound too. after reading some other review it seems with gibson acoustics that if they are good they are excellent when they aren't it like no hope. apparently i got the no hope. time to trade it in. very disappointed. maybe back to another taylor or my first martin.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Gibson J-35

    By david bible

    from Richmond,VA

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The J-35 is a very simplistic and beautiful dreadnought. Nothing fancy in appointments or ornaments ;but elegant in it`s own right with a lovely honey colored mahogany back and sides and a tight grained sitka spruce top.The tone and overall sound of this guitar is incredible. I have owned several J-45s in the past and none of them can hold a candle to this J-35. It truly is a mahogany cannon. The short scale is very easy to play and resonates big time with a bright woody and sonorus punch.The quality is pure Gibson hand made and fit and finish is flawless.This is a fairly light guitar and the neck is tremendous to navigate.Upon taking my J-35 to my luither for a set up we discovered that the saddle was bone and not tusk as stated in the specs. The saddle is not compensated,but so far no issues with tuning are present. I can`t seem to put it down, maybe because it is new and am basically a fan of rosewood acoustics in general. I own other Gibsons ,Martins, and Bourgeious guitars that are all rosewood and this hog definitely competes in most catgories. I also compared it to my D-18GE and it is much brighter with less bass.Well I could go on and on. I thank Guitar Center in Richmond ,Va for having this great guitar,as I demoed one all over the state and their`s sounded the best and I was able to get a great price match against their competitors.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Went in to buy a Taylor, walked out with this one.

    By Justin Lowrie

    from Huntington Beach, CA

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I'm surprised on a couple of thing. I went in to buy a Taylor 314CE (still a great guitar) but saw this one and played it. The reason I like Taylors are the nice neck and playability. I picked this up and it was immediately comfortable. Short scale (I think, it seems like it) and very comfortable. I was also surprised, and didn't even know, it has electronics. A hidden Baggs pickup. I thought this was just an acoustic. I wasn't looking for an acoustic electric but If I do need it, it's there. Great case with blue lining.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Gibson J-35 Reissue

    By david bible

    from Richmond,VA

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Wow ! What a loud cannon for being a mahogany back and sides guitar.I am pretty much a rosewood fan concerning acoustic guitars. My Gibson acoustics up until now are all rosewood and so is my Bourgeois,and my Eastman. I do have 2 Martins that are mahogany,but they are they are either all mahogany or have adirondac tops. This spruce top slope shoulder with mahogany back and sides will blow away most J-45s in sound and clarity. The J-35 ,a reissue from 1936 is one of the loudest dreadnoughts I have ever encountered,period. It is extremely resonant, with a prominent woody sound and plugged in it is creamy and vibrant and will be great for recording.I could go on all day and rave about this beauty ,but I will close by stating that you will not find a better sound and price deal on an American made hog than this new J-35. I predict that the price on this one will increase very quickly.I highly recomend this guitar and would put it up for great quality compared to any spruce top dreadnought on the market.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)




    from Ocala, FL

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Gorgeous to look at and sounds pristine! This is whole lot of guitar for a fairly reasonable price..especially for a Gibson! This is a real keeper!


    Haven't bought it but...

    By Ace

    from San Rafael, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    ...I would love to. What a freaking sexy guitar!

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