I love Gibson guitars and this is a nod to their J-185 which first appeared in 1951. The J-185 was originally introduced as a smaller version of the J-200, the “King of the Flat-Tops”. With Maple back and sides, and a lower bout width of 16″, this guitar has a lot of power but still maintains a good consistent clarity from top to bottom. The deep arm bevel along the lower bout makes this a very comfortable guitar to play for long periods of time, and it’s already curvy shape lends itself well to adding a Venetian cutaway.


“If you’re lucky enough to play one, you’ll be very pleased at the projection, evenness of sound across and along the fretboard, ease of playability and fullness of tone. My guitar is just getting better as it gets older.” – Neil Shropshire

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Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back and Side woods: Maple, Sapele or Indian Rosewood
Body Length: 20-1/4″
Total Length: 40-3/4″
Upper Bout Width: 11-3/8″
Lower Bout Width: 16″
Waist: 9″
Body Depth: 4-3/4″
Width at Bone Nut: 1-11/16″
2-1/4″ String Spacing on a Bone Saddle
Mahogany Neck
Ebony Bound FretBoard
20 Frets, Neck Joins the Body at the 14th
Pearl or Black Pearl Side Dots
Ebony Bridge and Pins
Arm Bevel
Side Soundport
Waverly Guitar Tuners with Ebony knobs
Hand rubbed French Polish
TKL Premier Hardshell Case


Custom Nut Width
Rosette: Solid wood, Black geometric
Slotted or Solid Headstock


Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce- $100
Back and Side woods: Figured Maple or Sapele, Bocote, Honduran and Pau Ferro Rosewoods- Ask
Fretboard Inlay: Ammonites, Pearl or Wood- Ask
Venetian cutaway- $250
LR Baggs Lyric Acoustic Microphone- $200