Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1952 J-185 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst VOS


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Gibson Custom Shop Historic Spec 1952 J-185 Vintage 2019 Vintage Sunburst. 9.8/10 Mint Condition.
Please note this is the thermally aged Gibson Custom Shop Vintage J-185 with historic appointments. Not to be confused with the cheaper J-185 Original.

What a versatile little guitar the humble J185 is. Fingerpicking, flat picking or big open chords the J185 does it all and is equally at home on the lap or on stage. The short scale and smaller body makes for an effortless player and really emphasises that signature Gibson “bell” like chime.

Quite unusual to see these guitars on the market as most guitarists buy these with the intention of falling in love and keeping them forever. This guitar has unbelievable tone to it and has that signature Gibson bell like ring to it. Really versatile tonally too, you can lightly fingerpick and hear the intricacies really clearly whilst also being able to get huge volume from the guitar when strumming chords. Definitely not a one trick pony. We knew as soon as we strummed an open E chord we absolutely had to buy it.

The craftsmanship as you’d expect from Gibsons best acoustic builders is sublime, with amazing figuring on the back of the body. The rosewood fingerboard is highlighted with hand cut parallelogram inlays. Two maltese crosses adorn the mother of pearl inlaid rosewood bridge and simple celluloid scratchplate really set the guitar off and will display nicely on stage or in the home.

The guitar is in mint 9.8/10 used condition with no damage, dents or knocks. It has been really well looked after and scarcely played. Save yourself £600+ on a new one.

The setup on the guitar is fantastic too, a really effortless player (trust me we play lots of different guitars) and this is by far one of the best acoustics we’ve handled. It has the thermally aged solid Sitka spruce top and flame maple back and sides. There is not a mark on the guitar – it looks brand new, no fret wear, dings or scratches.

Gibson Specification:

The stunning J-185 Vintage is like having a brand new guitar that has already been ‘played in’ for you at the factory! With its Thermally Aged solid Sitka Spruce top and ultra-thin ‘Vintage Original Spec’ nitrocellulose finish the J-185 resonates like few others. Solid flame maple make up the back & sides and like a J-185 of old, this is a true acoustic with no pickup installed. The slim taper Mahogany neck feels like a joy to play, whether you are a flat picker, finger picker or strummer this will cover all styles effortlessly and let you be the very best player you can be.

There’s no substitute for a Gibson, the heritage and long list of users speaks for itself.

Body Shape: J-180
Top: Thermally Aged Solid Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides: Solid Flame maple
Bracing: Traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing
Binding: Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
Finish: Thin Finish Nitrocellulose, VOS
Neck: Mahogany
Neck Profile: Slim Taper
Neck Width: 1.725″
Neck Joint: Compound Dovetail
Scale Length: 24.75”
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Binding: Cream
Fingerboard Radius: 12”
Number of Frets: 20
Nut: Bone
Inlays: Mother-of-pearl Parallelograms
Tuner Plating: Aged Gold
Bridge: Belly up, open slot
Saddle: Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Relic
Plating: Aged Gold
Pickguard: J-185
Truss Rod Cover: Black
Bridge Pins: Bone
Case: Gibson Hardshell
Other: Includes Gibson Accessory Kit

Guitar will be well packed and sent fully insured with UPS. Thanks for viewing!

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