The original J-185 flat-top was produced by Gibson back in 1951, and if you want to get your hands on one, or even an early model, the price is going to be steep. Odds are, it won't be in mint condition either. However, Gibson has crafted the next best thing with this 2019 J-185 Vintage Series acoustic guitar.J-185 Vintage Series Tonew... Click To Read More About This Product
The original J-185 flat-top was produced by Gibson back in 1951, and if you want to get your hands on one, or even an early model, the price is going to be steep. Odds are, it won't be in mint condition either. However, Gibson has crafted the next best thing with this 2019 J-185 Vintage Series acoustic guitar.
To give you a genuine taste for that classic tone, the 2019 J-185 Vintage Series has a Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top. A special torrefaction process helps Gibson replicate the natural aging process of the wood on a cellular level so that it has a truly broken in, classic Gibson sound. For the body, Gibson chose flame maple, which yields a brighter top end with exceptional sustain while also adding aesthetic charm with its natural flame figuring. Combined with the Vintage Sunburst, and you have a stunner that harkens back to days gone by.
The 2019 J-185 Vintage Series's SlimTaper mahogany neck is slimmer as it goes up the fingerboard. This makes it "faster" and more familiar for electric players transitioning to acoustic. It's also outfitted with a rosewood fingerboard adorned with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlays, comfortable standard-size frets and nickel Grover Rotomatic tuning machines to keep it in tune longer.
Besides its warm, inviting, Vintage Sunburst top finish and the aforementioned inlays, this 2019 J-185 Vintage Series acoustic guitar is appointed with a traditional belly-up open slot bridge embellished with mother-of-pearl cross and dot inlays (like the '50s models), aged gold hardware and a black truss rod cover. White multi-ply back and top binding enhances the curves of this jumbo, perfectly framing the natural beauty of the flame maple body. It also comes with an original J-185 pickguard design.
Gibson's long lists of storied acoustic instruments are intertwined with some of the greatest movements in music history, and are sought-after by countless artists and musical performers. The Vintage Series adds a new prestigious model, as well as the icons like this J-185, a J-45 Vintage, Hummingbird Vintage, and a version of the King of the Flat-Tops, SJ-200 Vintage. The Vintage Series are all hand-built using the same tonewoods used to create the originals, including Thermally Aged top wood, historic bracing patterns and relic vintage-style tuners.
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