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Sakes alive, this is a good'un.  From it's thermally aged vintage sunburst top to its scalloped X-bracing with hide glue construction, this guitar has great vintage vibe both cosmetically and sonically.  Freshly set up in-house by our esteemed Guitar Tech, this J-185 is dialed in and ready to astound you and your audience.  Comes with period correct hard shell case, too.  See below for more features and details.


One of the most fabled Gibsons of all time, the J-185 was originally released in 1951. Designed to be just slightly smaller in proportion to the larger SJ-200, the J-185 used similar appointments, Sitka spruce and maple back and sides for its construction. This Custom Historic 1952 J-185 is enhanced with a thermally aged Sitka spruce top and gorgeous flame maple back and sides. Sporting classic J-185 appointments including iconic Maltese crosses inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the open slot bridge, this is a rare model, but highly desired by artists and performers worldwide.


Gold Gotoh Keystone Tuners

1 11/16" Bone Nut

V Profile Mahogany Neck with 24.75" Scale Length

Neck Depth .84" at First Fret and .92" at Eleventh Fret

20 Medium Frets

Bound Indian Rosewood Fingerboard with Mother of Pearl Parallelogram Inlays and 12" Radius

Rosewood Reverse Belly Bridge with Cross Inlays and Bone Saddle

Thermally Aged Sitka Spruce Top with Flamed Maple Back & Sides

Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Vintage Sunburst Finish

Traditional Hand Scalloped X-Bracing, with Hide Glue

Weight 4 lb 0 oz

Original Period Correct Hard Shell Case

Serial Number 21063014


Year : 2023
Model : "1952" J-185 Vintage Sunburst
Finish : VOS-Treated Sunburst
Case : Original Hard Shell Case
Weight : 4 lb 0 oz
Condition : Brand New