The first Gibson J-185 was introduced in 1951, giving players a broader choice of flat-top acoustic guitars. It quickly became a hit. With a slightly smaller body than Gibson’s fabled Super Jumbos, the J-185 offers an excellent alternative for pla...
"Then, sure enough, he grabs the J-185, inspects the repairs, fingerpicks a Fahey-style tune (quite well, I should add) and, almost on cue, says, “I like it, but I won’t like it completely until these strings are completely dead. I hate new strings.” - [Jason Verlinde, *Fretboard Journal*](http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/magazine/inside-wilcos-loft).more
"Found that guitar in Aspen, of all places. I went there to do a charity event and we were walking around one afternoon and I saw that there was a vintage store there and I walked in and that sucker was just screaming at me. " Taken from a discussion with Aaron Lewis in a [Gibson article](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/aaron-lewis-0820.aspx).more
"The model I play for acoustics is the J-185. I love it. I’ve been toying with maybe switching with the Emmylou Harris. I’d like to eventually change. But basically the guitars - I have five of the J-185s. They all sound drastically different. Maybe it’s the wood, it just happens. They sound to most people probably the same. Like the warmest one, I use for my open tunings. They all have different personalities." [http://archive.is/0iAp3#selection-513.82-525.239]more
In the liner notes from his album "Travelin' Man" Roy can be seen posing with the Gibson J-185 that he played on the album. This gutiar was later sold to guitarist Woody Mann, who can be seen playing it in a video lesson for Blind Blake's "Black Dog Blues." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwheEFEvCFI)more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip player a Gibson Custom J-185 rosewood cutaway acoustic guitar live at almost every show from 2008-2018. However after 10 hard years of rock n roll the Gibson has been retired from live shows in hopes that it will stay in good condition. The guitar is still played almost every day in the studio and is on many recordings and will always continue to be. The Gretsch Rancher Falcon Jumbo acoustic guitar will be the live Positive Mental Trip acoustic played by Luke Weiler from 2019-?. Luke played the Gibson at over 500 shows and even took it on a plane to the San Francisco California in 2010 for “Power To The Peaceful” where he played an opening set @ The Fillmore opening for Michael Franti. Cappy Franti and loud and Conscious (who were members of Positive Mental Trip at the time) took the stage at the Fillmore as Positive Mental Trip that night. The Gibson was brought upstairs where every member of michael Franti and spearhead was asked to sign it. (as well as cappy Franti) The Gibson J 185 Custom rosewood is every acoustic guitar part recording during the applehead recording sessions on “change your mind”(2012) The Gibson J 185 is also the only steel string acoustic heard on “the back and white album”. The Gibson J 185 Custom and the Gretsch Rancher Falcon Jumbo acoustic guitar have both been used on many sessions for the 3 rd album. If it’s a really special show at an amazing venue or an anniversary show it may come out of “live show retirement”. However it was time for the Gibson to pass the live torch to the Gretsch Rancher Falcon before she ”lost her cool” sound on records of the future.more
The first Gibson J-185 was introduced in 1951, giving players a broader choice of flat-top acoustic guitars. It quickly became a hit. With a slightly smaller body than Gibson’s fabled Super Jumbos, the J-185 offers an excellent alternative for players seeking a smaller body style without sacrificing acoustic power and projection. Traditionally, the J-185 features a body length of 20 1/4 inches, a width of 16 inches, and a body depth of 4 7/8 inches, producing an big sound with clear acoustics, making it equally impressive for powerful strumming or delicate fingerpicking, and everything in between.