A big blonde. . .
1951 Gibson J-185
© Frank Ford, 2001; Photos by FF
Here's my nomination for Gibsons "Finest Postwar Hour, Flattop Division."
It's the classic 16" jumbo, made on the old 16" L-5 mold, and a fine
body shape to be sure. In 1951, Gibson's top bracing, bridge and pickguard had
not deteriorated to the extent we see in sad examples of later decades, so this
guitar has a big, fat sound. Check out the distinctive cross inlay on the bridge
- possibly a bit out of place stylistically, but nevertheless cool. Like so
many of the best Gibson instruments, this one was made with good hard Michigan
maple for its back and sides.
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