2021 Gibson J-185 EC Modern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Walnut Burst + OHSC



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Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 2021 Gibson J-185 EC Modern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with a Walnut Burst Finish! Though eclipsed by Gibson’s glitzier J-200 and the Everly Brothers-endorsed J-180 at the time of its release, the underdog J-185 has gained quite a following among acoustic players in the know — not only due to its comfortably scaled-down Gibson Jumbo body and clean, robust studio voicing, but also thanks to a little help from high-profile artists like Alan Parsons and Chris Carrabba. The spirit of the original J-185 lives on in Gibson’s J-185 EC Modern Walnut — part of the Modern Acoustic line of guitars. The J-185 EC sees contemporized player comforts in the form of a lead-friendly Venetian cutaway and an Advanced Response neck profile. The body itself is hand built from dynamic Sitka spruce (top) and deeply figured walnut (back and sides). This pairing delivers a unique twist on the timeless J-185 tonal cocktail, with all with the room-filling projection these early Jumbos are hailed for. Though this classic is better known for its easy recordability in the studio, the Modern Acoustic J-185 EC Modern Walnut shines onstage thanks to its onboard LR Baggs Element electronics.

Though it was originally marketed as a stripped-back alternative to Gibson’s J-200, the J-185 found a following with session players in the know. The slightly reduced 16″-width lower bout (versus the J-200’s 17″ width) served to reduce unwanted bass boom while bringing the midrange slightly forward. As a result, these guitars have become legendary in a studio and broadcast setting. Today’s Gibson J-185 EC Modern Walnut acoustic-electric brings this sleeper standard back into the modern player lexicon, with understated singer-songwriter appointments, that sleeker handbuilt single-cut Jumbo body, and onboard LR Baggs electronics for great plugged-in tone onstage.

The magic behind the handbuilt Gibson J-185 EC Modern Walnut lies partly in the fusion of its solid Sitka spruce top and solid walnut back and sides. It’s a departure from the classic J-185 formula, yes. But in our opinion, this historic tonewood pairing creates a response in the J-185 EC that is unique among the entire Gibson lineup.

The J-185 EC Modern Walnut’s mahogany neck sports Gibson’s Advanced Response profile for greater comfort in the hand and playability unlike anything you’d find on a true vintage J-185. The 16″-radius genuine walnut fingerboard supplies rich Gibson tone and excellent touch dynamics for cowboy chordin’ to lead work. As with all Gibson Modern Acoustics, the J-185 EC Modern Walnut arrives factory Plek’d to ensure uniform fret contour and placement, eliminating string buzz and delivering perfect playability.

The Gibson J-185 EC Modern Walnut comes outfitted with the LR Baggs Element pickup system. If you’re looking for rich, warm, uncolored acoustic tone for plug-and-play gigging out, you’ll find it in the Element system. A single unobtrusive soundhole-mounted wheel control delivers convenient plugged-in tone with the roll of a knob. Best of all, it does so without detracting from the natural beauty and tone of your guitar. This guitar is in great shape with several minor indents, some light marks and finish wear on the neck, rated at 8.5/10. All original and free of any breaks, cracks or repairs. Included with this guitar is an original hard-shell case and a complimentary sample of Fret-Not, our preferred fretboard cleaner, check it out at fretnot.net! Thank you for considering this exceptional instrument from Lovies Guitars.


A sleek reimagining of the classic J-185
Part of the Gibson Modern Acoustic lineup
Comfortable single-cutaway body design
Sitka spruce top + walnut back and sides serve up a wide tonal bouquet
Advanced Response mahogany neck with 16″-radius walnut fingerboard feels great in the hand for leads to chordwork
LR Baggs Element electronics with single soundhole volume control
Traditional belly-up bridge gives this acoustic enhanced ’50s vibe
Traditional hand-scalloped advanced X-bracing maximizes resonance and response
Plek’d fretting means day-one great playability
Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners supply spot-on intonation

1st Fret: .895”

9th Fret: .915”

Nut Width: 1 3/4”

Serial: 22451074

SKU: 7278

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