Gibson Limited Edition J-185 Birdseye Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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This limited edition J-185 Birdseye Maple is a superstar. With a slightly smaller body dimension than the Super Jumbo, the J-185 produces substantial power and projection in a smaller package. This li... Click To Read More About This Product
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This limited edition J-185 Birdseye Maple is a superstar. With a slightly smaller body dimension than the Super Jumbo, the J-185 produces substantial power and projection in a smaller package. This limited features solid hand-selected birdseye maple for visual prowess accompanied by the bright, clear tones maple produces. Combined with the award-winning L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup system, this limited edition run of 50 will appeal to players and collectors looking for a truly unique guitar. Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Birdseye Maple can be all but impossible to find, especially in dimensions large enough to build a guitar. Birdseye occurs in far less than .1% of all maple trees, mostly in hard maple species, and can be very difficult to work. Gibson was fortunate enough to find enough very select Birdseye maple to produce 26 of these exquisite rare birds for all of North America.
Based on the Gibson J-185 popular since the 1950s with artists as from the Everly Brothers to Billy Joe Armstrong, this Custom Shop J-185 complements the very special Birdseye maple with abalone trim on the top and bottom of the guitar. A Baggs Element pickup system helps reproduce the most natural sounds emanating from this one of a kind Gibson. Protected by a very light, hand-applied nitrocellulose lacquer finish and plush lined Gibson hardshell case, and the famous Gibson Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Body type: Mini Jumbo
Top wood: Solid spruce
Back & sides: Solid maple
Bracing pattern: Scalloped X
Body finish: Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Rounded
Nut width: 1.725" (48mm)
Neck wood: Mahogany
Scale length: 24.75"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Nitrocellulose
Configuration: Behind the saddle pickup
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Headstock overlay: Other
Tuning machines: Gold
Saddle & nut: Nubone/Tusq
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Inlays
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
Body Style: J-180
Wood: Sitka spruce top, birdseye maple back & sides
Binding: Multi-ply top and back, abalone top trim
Bracing: Traditional scalloped X bracing
Neck: Mahogany, round profile with 1.725” Tusq nut
Neck-to-body: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret
Fingerboard: 12” radius, bound rosewood with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlay
Scale: Short, 24 3/4”
Bridge: Belly up rosewood with Tusq saddle
Electronics: L.R. Baggs VTC
Tuning Machines: Gold Grover Rotomatics
Strings: Gibson light gauge .012 - .053
Finish: Antique Natural, nitrocellulose lacquer
Dovetail neck-to-body joint, handfitted and secured with hide glue
ensures unequalled resonance transfer from strings to body
Radiused body for projection and clarity
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish allows the tone to mature with age
100% American made, handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana