Gibson J-185 Acoustic Flat Top ( 1951 - 1959 )
The Gibson j-185 is probably one of the most under promoted , underated guitar gibson ever made .
The j-185 derived from their famous gibson j-200 but was a little smaller , less expensive and not as fancy lookwise .
During the 50s the gibson j-185 and j-200 were "THE" guitars for rhythm because of their big loud volume sound .
The j-200 is by far more well known, but many guitarist until today consider the j-185 a better sounding guitar.
The feel and craftsmanship of the j-185 is very impressive and is definitely amongst the very best jumbo flat top guitars ever made by gibson .
The j-185s' body was 1 inch narrower and were 20 1/4 inches long compared to the j-200 which was 21".
Although the gibson j-185 was short lived , it has paved the way for other future flat top guitars such as the gibson everly brothers which shared the same side shape of the j-185 .
The back and sides were constructed with figured maple ( one of the most desirable tonewoods for guitars ) .
In 1951 to 59 the gibson j-185 guitars had a 16" jumbo body shape , figured maple back and sides , 2 maltese cross inlays on the bridge , rosewood fingerboard ( 19 frets ) with double parallelograms , mahogany necks , bound body and neck , kluson tuners and were made in natural or sunburst finishes . Discontinued in 1959 .
Gibson J-185 Reissue ( 1990-1995 )
In 1990 gibson reintroduced the j-185 reissue with basically the same specs with a limited run of only 100 in 1991-92 . In 1999 they introduced the j-185 EC which was an acoustic/electric guitar and was fitted with a rounded cutaway ( still in production )
Vintage Price Value For 2008 :
1951 - 1956 > $13 500 to $14 500
1957 - 1959 > $11 000 to $13 000
1990 - 1995 > $1 700 to $2 000 ( J-185 reissue )
1999 - 2000 > $1 700 to $1 900 ( J-185 EC )
1951 - 1959 > Avg Upward Trend Of 14% A Year Since 2000
1986 - 1999 > 6% ( Reissue )
Prices are according to 4 different vintage guitar price guides and rounded off to the nearest dollar .
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