have you tried rosewood or ebony pins in your J-185 EC Rosewood? Thanks to you, I've got on my list of action items to try bone pins in mine. BTW, did you notice that the J-185 EC Rosewood has been discontinued?? …"
"I was looking at the Gibson.com products section and noticed that the Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood model has been discontinued!! What a sad day indeed! The only model remaining is the EC Mahogany which is a new model. Those of you who…"
"With the bone bridge pins the volume is louder and each individual string rings clearer. Finger picking is a dream. I have mine set up as low as possible without buzzing as well, and the lower angle over the saddle causes a lower volume, which…"
"Wow Kurt, your J-185 looks almost as sweet as mine! :-)
I didn't change the nut, saddle, or pins but I did have a complete setup which required that the action be lowered as much as possible for me. I've heard that bone is best…"
"My J-185 EC Rosewood. I changed the saddle to bone from Stewmac.com. I will be changing the bridge pins to bone also. The saddle it came with looked like Tusq, which I dislike, since with Tusq all I hear is the ringing of the strings, and not the…"
I hope you enjoy your J-185. Mine is over 4 years old now and I'm still loving it. I've had to reduce the string gauge from 11s to 10s, but it still sounds great. I have determined that D'Addario phosphor…"
I'll have to check out that book on the History of the 175 you have, that sounds great too. I also have one on the 100th anniverary of Gibson by Walter Catre that is great...mine is signed by him. It came out the same year as my J100extra. But the Flatops books is the best I have ever read! Edward
As it says in the book, Gibson relied heavily on lap steel sales to keep them afloat during the time when lap steels were popular...I sure didn't know that. Antoher excellent book on Gibson is "Gibson's Fabulos Flattops"...really, really great read! I have a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Signature that I got from a guy for $200 who was "going acoustic." They only made aobut 2400 of them and nobody wanted them...sounds like an ES-335...Edward
Did you hear about the Gibson Owner's Group that I started here in the AG Community? If not, here is the link...check it out and if you'd like to join that would be great! Your rosewood 185 is just the kind of thing we love to hear about and better yet, see pictures of! I own a 1994 J100 extra that I got at the Philly Vintage guitar show in 2004...it's a centennial model celebrating the 100th year of Gibson. I also own a 2004 J160E (like Lennon and Harrison played in the early Beatles)...it too is a short scale with pickup on the top at the end of the fingerboard, which pushes the neck join to the 15th fret. Unlike the model the Beatles used, it has a solid "X" braced top too. So check out the new group and join us!