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Gibson / J185 / 2002 / Sunburst / Guitar

The J185 is the ideal guitar for someone who wants a J200 but finds them too big and bulky to play. The J185 is 16 1/4" wide with a scale length of 24 3/4" rather than a J200 which is 16 7/8" wide and has a scale length of 25 1/2". Not only is the J185 more comfortable to play, but because of it's smaller dimensions the guitar packs more of a punch in the mids and trebles allowing it to cut through more in a band situation, working very well for both strumming and fingerstyle. Other than it's size, the spec is very similar to a J200, with AAA grade Sitka Spruce top, and AAA grade Flamed Maple back and sides. The guitar also features a beautiful historic tobacco sunburst, a 50's style tortoise pickguard, split parallelogram fingerboard inlays, and the iconic Maltese Cross bridge inlays. This guitar is in very good condition, with some light lacquer checking, and just a few marks and dings visible. The neck is very comfortable and the playing action is excellent. At 9 years old the tone's starting to mature very nicely, and will only get better in the future. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

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