FRETS.COM New Instrument Review
June 11, 2001

They got it right
Gibson J-185
© Frank Ford, 2001; Photos by FF

Gibson's J-185, the 16" rounded jumbo guitar made in the same mold as the classic L-5 of the 1920s. With this one you get a great body shape and tasteful appointments along with a big sound that avoids the "muddy" response often found in larger guitars. Not a takeoff on some other factory's guitar, the J-185 says "Gibson" all over it. This particular one is blond, with figured maple back and sides. My personal favorite is the sunburst version, but then they tell me that's a matter of taste. . .

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