One of the most storied Gibson flat tops ever produced, this model was employed as a musical tool by a wide variety of guitarists, from the Everly Brothers to Skip James. Introduced in 1951 and discontinued in 1959, the originals are quite rare. They were later produced sporadically until they went back into production at the beginning of the 21st century.
This example exhibits quintessential features of the J-185. The body is highly flamed maple, bound in white/black. The top is spruce also bound in white/black. The bound neck is mahogany, with a black overlay on the head stock inlaid with Gibson and the Gibson chevron in pearl. The fingerboard is rosewood and is inlaid with pearl parallelograms. The rosewood bridge sports the classic J-185 iron cross inlays on each side of the saddle. Inside the sound hole is a red Gibson label with model and serial number (Boseman, Montana).
The body measures 16" across at the lower bout, and 4 7/8" deep at the end pin. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the neck measures 1 11/16" across at the nut. Overall fit, finish and materials are extremely high on this guitar.
There is no evidence of any repairs, and the guitar remains in mint condition. Set up is perfect and the guitar plays easily up the neck. The tone, thanks to the large and deep body and maple sides, is full, round and powerful with a notable bass response. Comes with its original Gibson-marked hard case in like-new condition. Check out the sound clip.

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