1952 J-185 Crossing Platforms, Crossing Genres

One of the most fabled Gibsons of all time, the J-185 was originally released in 1951. Designed to be just slightly smaller in proportion to the larger SJ-200, the J-185 used similar appointments, Sitka spruce and maple back and sides for its construction. This Custom Historic 1952 J-185 is enhanced with a Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top and gorgeous flame maple back and sides. Sporting classic J-185 appointments including iconic Maltese crosses inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the open slot bridge, this is a rare model, but highly desired by artists and performers worldwide.

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1952 J-185 Specifications

Body

Body Shape
J-185
Top
Thermally Aged Sitka spruce
Back
Flame maple
Side
Flame maple
Bracing
Traditional Hand Scalloped X-bracing, with hide glue
Binding
Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
Finish
Thin Finish Nitrocellulose, VOS

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
V
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
20
Frets
Standard
Nut Material
Bone
Nut Width
1.72" / 43.81mm
Inlays
Mother-of-pearl Parallelograms
Joint
Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body Joint

Hardware

Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
Belly up, holes at rear, open slot
Saddle Material
Bone
Tuning Machines
Gotoh Keystone
Pickguard
J-185
Truss Rod Cover
Black
Bridge Pins
Bone

Electronics

Under Saddle Pickup
None

Miscellaneous

Strings
0.053, 0.042, 0.032, 0.024, 0.016, 0.012
Accessories
Includes Gibson Accessory Kit