Though slightly smaller than the famous J-200, the J-185 EC packs the same bold sound that have made Gibson jumbo bodies some of the most iconic acoustic guitars ever built. The large shape and high-grade tonewoods provide a robust tonal foundation, while the smooth rosewood fretboard and convenient cutaway make this the most playable Gibson jumbos yet. With powerful Fishman electronics priming this beauty for natural-sounding and accurate reproduction, the J-185 EC Blues King is a great choice for gigging country, folk, rock, and blues performers.
Quintessential Gibson Jumbo Tone
Gibson jumbo body acoustics are celebrated for their voluminous tone, and the J-185 EC is no exception. A Sitka spruce top paired with AAA-grade flame maple for the back and sides offers an exceptional balance with rich, defined tones throughout the spectrum. The jumbo body shape allows spectacular projection and power, making this J-185 a great choice for impassioned folk strummers. The delicate clarity afforded by the spruce top and rosewood fingerboard makes this a fine finger-picking guitar as well. The full-bodied, yet clear sounds of the J-185 EC have earned it a reputation as a true "Blues King" guitar.
Classic Flattop Looks and Components
The masters at Gibson's Bozeman, Montana facility have outfitted this jumbo cutaway with superb hardware at every point. The inlays are mother-of-pearl split parallelograms which stand out against the rich rosewood fingerboard. The tuners are vintage-style nickel Grovers, and the pickguard forms a distinct multi-pointed shape. An exquisite four-ply binding pattern wraps around the edge of the spruce top, while an abalone rosette surrounds the sound-hole.
Powerful Fishman Electronics
This mighty steel-string uses an advanced electronic system complete with Fishman Aura technology. The Aura system creates specific tonal images which are precisely designed to recreated the natural textures and tones of the guitar through any sound system. The preamp comes complete with tonal controls and an onboard tuner, all mounted on the upper-bout of the body.
- Stunning flame maple back and sides with Sitka spruce top
- Powerful Fishman Aura electronics with built-in tuner
- Comfortable rosewood fingerboard with stunning mother-of-pearl split parallelogram inlays
- Playable 24-3/4-inch neck scale -- slightly shorter than comparable J-200 design
- Classic jumbo body shape with slightly scaled down dimensions
- Extended upper-fret access from comfortable cutaway
- Hand-crafted in Bozeman, Montana
- Included hardshell case
The J-185 EC is a great choice for players who have always wanted for a classic Gibson jumbo body. With a slightly smaller shape, comfortable cutaway, and powerful onboard electronics, this handsome Gibson is a magnificent modern acoustic-electric.
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