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Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Chandler Jan 16, 2014.


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Paul replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"Look forward to the pics, & congrats on the new Gibson."
Feb 17, 2009
Sandy Friedman replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"Hi Paul, Thanks for the confidence in Gibson products. I have also played the SJ200 and a friend's J-45, and the J 185 EC maple and love them all. I also own an ES-175 which I am in love with. I've ordered the rosewood version from my…"
Feb 17, 2009
Pete Swanson replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"Sandy, You can get your dream guitar from me! If you are going to go highend then go boutique and support the true innovators . You can check out my guitars at I will also be exhibiting at the Montreal Guitar Show and…"
Feb 16, 2009
Paul replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"You might want to also try the Gibson forum, lots of nice folks over there!!"
Feb 15, 2009
Paul replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"I'm a gibson fanatic! I have an SJ-200 (01)a J-45 Historic (05) & an Advanced Jumbo short scale (05) Best guitars I ever owned, & have had no problems with any of them. I would love to have the 185."
Feb 15, 2009
Mike Simpson replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"Doesn't the Jones in the Houston Jones band play one? Might try to ask him."
Feb 4, 2009
Sandy Friedman replied to Sandy Friedman's discussion Gibson J 185 EC Rosewood
"Hi Chris and thanks very much for your response. Your experiences with Gibson in the past sound horrendous. I've heard of quality problems in the past with Gibson but nothing like what you have described, especially the tuners! My only…"
Jan 30, 2009

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar, Lap-style slide guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Fender Stratocaster (1972)
Fender Stratocaster (1987)
Squier Stratocaster (1999)
Fender Champ Steel (1957)
Ovation Legend model 1717 (1986)
Gibson ES-175 (2005)
Orlando Classical (1970)
Gibson J-185 EC Rosewood (2009)
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass (2007)
What type of music do you like to play?
Rock, jazz, classical, prog rock, everything in between
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 4:22am on August 18, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
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

At 7:40pm on August 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…

The Gibson Fabulos Flatops book has a section on the J-185!
At 7:16pm on August 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
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

At 3:04pm on August 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hey, something else...have you seen the new book about the history of Gibson lapsteel and Pedal steel guitars...I got it and it is just great! Edward

Here is a link to it on Amazon:
At 2:59pm on August 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hey Sandy,
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'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) 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!

I also noticed that you play steel! I am building a lap steel right now and it is almost finished. There are pics on my AG Community page, but here is one of the latest! Edward


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