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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

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Epiphone reserves the right to change specifications without notice.