Neck depth 1st fret: .90"
Neck depth 9th fret: .96"
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A Jumbo with unparalleled tonal balance.
The J-185 is believed by many to be one of Gibson's best acoustic instruments, yet it seems to be fairly obscure, much to the delight of devoted Gibson lovers. Originally released in the early 1950s and designed to be slight smaller than its larger companion, the SJ-200, the J-185 still offers superior performance and tone. The J-185 Original maintains unsurpassed balance of lows, mids, and highs, with equal response to every note on the fretboard. Acclaimed by many as the perfect body size and shape for any player.
Body Shape: J-185
Top: Sitka spruce
Back: Flame maple
Side: Flame maple
Bracing: Traditional hand scalloped X-bracing
Binding: Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
Profile: Slim Taper
Scale Length: 24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Number Of Frets: 20
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.72" / 43.81mm
Inlays: Mother-of-pearl Parallelograms
Joint: Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body
Tuner Plating: Nickel
Bridge: Traditional belly up
Saddle Material: Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh Keystone
Truss Rod Cover: Black and White
Bridge Pins: Tusq
Under Saddle Pickup: LR Baggs VTC
Controls: Volume and Tone controls
Strings: 0.053, 0.042, 0.032, 0.024, 0.016, 0.012
Case: Hardshell Case