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A Rare 1950s Flat-Top,
Reborn in All Its Glory!
J-185 New Vintage
New Vintage J-185
Styled as a slightly more compact version of the SJ-200, Gibson’s J-185 has the distinctive rounded shape and general styling of the “King of the Flat-Tops,” in a package that is easier for many players to manage. Released in 1951, and discontinued in 1958, guitars in the first run of this model also constitute one of the rarest Gibson acoustics ever produced, with records showing only 28 units shipped in the natural finish, and none in the available sunburst finish. The Gibson J-185 New Vintage recreates the best of this legendary model in an instrument available to players and collectors today. Crafted for superb tone and playing feel right out of the case, this ’50s-style Flat Top is available exclusively from Wildwood Guitars. Constructed by the acclaimed luthiers of Gibson’s acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana, the Wildwood J-185 is one of five models in a stunning New Vintage series, each of which represents an exhaustive recreation of a great Gibson flat-top acoustic.

Like all others in the series—the Hummingbird, J-45, Southern Jumbo and SJ-200—the Gibson J-185 New Vintage is available in three different editions, each of which strictly follows the specs of original vintage models, but represents different levels of constructional finish and wood selection. All three share period-correct details such as a solid Sitka Spruce top, SJ-185 X-brace and period-correct thin back bracing, belly-up rosewood bridge with mother-of-pearl Maltese Cross inlays and aged bone saddle, and one-piece mahogany neck with modified “V” profile. The Standard model uses hot hide glue for its dovetailed neck joint and X-bracing and has select maple back and sides, while the Hide Glue model adds more of this traditional adhesive for other elements of its construction. The Exotic Rosewood model uses the same degree of hide glue construction, but adds exotic rosewood back and sides selected by Gibson Acoustic’s master luthier, Ren Ferguson, for an exotic appearance and a sublimely rich, deep voice.

The Gibson J-185 New Vintage, only available from Wildwood Guitars presents a reincarnation of the original in the looks department, too. It has a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Vintage Sunburst, which is buffed to a high gloss, and enhanced by a traditional J-185 tortoise pickguard, multi-ply top and back binding, and double-ring soundhole rosette. The bound rosewood fingerboard carries elegant split-parallelogram mother-of-pearl, partnered with a period-correct mother-of-pearl headstock logo and crown inlay, and vintage-style tuners with pearloid tulip buttons. From look, to feel, to tone, the J-185 New Vintage is a dead-ringer for this rare 1950s flat-top, and it is only available from Wildwood Guitars.

Each instrument includes a True Vintage hardshell case with brown exterior and pink plush-lined interior, a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual, and Gibson’s Gold Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service. Check it out now, only at Wildwood Guitars.
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Pricing & Finish Options
  • Vintage Gloss
  • Hide Glue
    $4,730 msrp
  • Exotic Rosewood
    $5,160 msrp
Product Features
  • Available in three original vintage editions each with historic constructional finish and wood selections
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top with hand-sprayed Vintage Sunburst finish
  • Bound Rosewood fingerboard with distinctive split-parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Vintage-style tuners with pearloid tulip buttons
  • True Vintage hardshell case with brown exterior and pink plush-lined interior
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