Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Gibson’s J-185 EC Rosewood = The essence of aesthetic beauty and sonic excellence

Gibson’s J-185 EC Rosewood personifies the essence of aesthetic beauty and sonic excellence expected in a Gibson Jumbo acoustic. Its brilliance is felt as soon as the first chord is strummed, releasing the qualities and characteristics of a true legend. Gibson’s J-185 EC Rosewood is everything a Jumbo acoustic should be, and then some. It starts with a premium Sitka spruce top matched with some of the finest Indian rosewood in the world for the back and sides, giving the J-185 EC Rosewood a warm, rich tone together with the usual full lows and well-defined highs.

The top of the J-185 EC Rosewood is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Indian rosewood, giving the J-185 EC Rosewood a warm, rich tone combined with the usual full lows and well-defined highs of a Gibson Jumbo. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. The bracing pattern inside the J-185 EC Rosewood was created in 1951 as a smaller version of the design used in the Gibson’s legendary Super Jumbos. This traditional “X” pattern delivers an exceptionally balanced tonal palette ideal for both the stage and studio environments, making the J-185 EC a standard choice among today’s discerning players.

The fingerboard of the Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J-185 EC Roswood’s split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge—instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the J-185 EC Rosewood.

The Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Aura Pro, featuring Fishman’s popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. This ground-breaking pickup system reproduces the natural sound of the J-185 EC as miked in a professional studio, and onstage, thus eliminating the complicated setups of expensive microphones. Auro Pro uses digital algorithms to create images of various microphones’ captured sounds. Players can then blend these images with an acoustic guitar’s pickup to produce an immediate and dramatic improvement in amplified sound. The Fishman Aura Pro’s preamp includes a tuner, and is mounted on the bass side rim of the upper bout.

The Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood includes a black hardshell case with plush-lined interior, owner's manual, Gibson's Gold Warranty and Gibson's 24/7/365 Customer Service.


  • 100% American-made quality Gibson handcrafted construction throughout
  • AA-grade Sitka spruce top
  • AAA-grade Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • Hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges and split block inlays
  • Fishman Aura Pro acoustic pickup system
  • Nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • Gibson hardshell case included

Order your Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic Guitar
Series Jumbo
Model J-185 EC Rosewood


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J-185 EC Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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