A direct descendent of the legendary "King of the Flat-Tops," the J-185 could be dubbed the "Prince of the Flat-Tops" given its ability to deliver bold, rich tones in a slightly more compact package for a wide range of playing styles. Released in 1951 and discontinued in 1958, guitars in the first run of this model are some of the rarest Gibson acoustics ever produced. Now, as part of our exclusive Five Star Series, Gibson Acoustic introduces the 60th Anniversary J-185 Quilt Custom. This guitar is crafted by the acclaimed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana, as part of a limited run intended for Gibson Acoustic Five Star Dealerships. This exclusive run of 60th Anniversary J-185 Quilt Customs is strictly limited to 60 guitars.
The 60th Anniversary J-185 Quilt Custom is crafted from the finest traditional tonewoods, including a solid top made from prized Adirondack red spruce, with elegant quilted-maple back and sides, and completed in one of two hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finishes: Antique Natural or Vintage Sunburst. The top is supported by a traditional J-185 X-brace with scalloped spruce braces, and trimmed in multi-ply binding with a double-ring rosette, multi-ply back binding, and a tortoise J-185 pickguard. The neck is carved from solid mahogany to a comfortable modified "V" profile, attached with a compound dovetail joint secured with hot hide glue. The rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with mother-of-pearl parallelograms, to mirror the mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo and crown inlay. Offering the superb playing feel to which Gibson lovers are accustomed, the guitar is built to the popular 24-3/4" scale length, with a neck width of 1.725" across the traditional bone nut.
A top-flight acoustic instrument offering deep, lush tones and impressive volume and projection, the 60th Anniversary J-185 Quilt Custom is also equipped with an L.R. Baggs™ Element® pickup that amplifies that tone for those occasions that require plugging in. Gold vintage-style Gotoh™ tuners ensure smooth action and an efficient performance, while a traditional belly-up rosewood bridge with a Tusq saddle and mother-of-pearl Maltese Cross inlays provides optimum resonance. All in all, the 60th Anniversary J-185 Quilt Custom is a gorgeous recreation of one of Gibson's rare acoustics, perfect for the 21st century player and collector alike. This is limited to just 60 guitars worldwide.
Body Type: SJ-185 Series
Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
Back and Sides: Quilt Maple
Binding: Multi-ply Top and Back Binding, Double Ring Rosette
Bracing: Traditional J-185 X-Braced Top
Profile: Modified "V" Profile
Joint: Compound Dovetail
Construction: Joint at 14th Fret
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Radius: 12" Radius
Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding
Fret Wire: Gibson Montana Standard Fret Wire
Inlays: Mother of Pearl Paralellograms
Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with Engraved "60th Anniversary" Script
Nut Material: Bone
Tuners: Gold plated Gotoh Keystone
Bridge Type: Traditional Belly-Up with Mother of Pearl Maltese Crosses and Tusq Saddle
Bridge Material: Rosewod
Pickup Model:L.R. Baggs Element™
Location: Under Saddle
Pickguard: Traditional J-185 Tortoise
Strap Buttons: End Pin Jack Strap Button
Sealer: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Type: Gibson Standard Hardshell Case
Case Exterior: Blue Fabric
Case Interior: Black Tolex
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