2018 Gibson J-35 Slope Dreadnought Guitar

I'm continually impressed by the acoustic guitars coming out of Bozeman these days. This guy is lightweight in the '30s and '40s manner, rings like a bell, and has plenty of punch and snap. Its voice is more like a "banner" J-45/J-50 and some mid-'50s Gibsons than the bass-heavy '60s sound in that it has lots of clarity and woody mids which makes single-note runs a lot more pleasant to play and chords a nice, gelled, palette.

This guy clocks-in at under 4 lbs and is almost new. It's been played and loved a bit but you can't tell -- it looks like it just came off a store rack with only some pickwear on the pickguard itself as show for a few years in the world.

It has the neat vintage features -- a firestripe pickguard and rectangular bridge -- but updates the bridge to a drop-in saddle for easy functionality. A pickup system came pre-installed in this guitar but the owner removed it in favor of a fully-acoustic experience. It would be easy enough to reinstall but a better bet would be to simply replace it with something like a K&K Twin Spot which would be more natural and preclude the need for a battery.

Repairs included: restring and setup, easy-peasy.

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: slim-medium C

Board radius: 10"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium/taller

Scale length: 24 5/8"

Nut width: 1 3/4"

Body width: 16"

Body depth: 4 3/4"

Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz

Condition notes: it's essentially as-new save some minor pickwear on the pickguard. It's very, very clean. Oh, but right! The bridge pins are StewMac upgrades rather than the originals (which are stowed in the case).

It comes with: its original hard case and goodies -- strap, polishing cloth, etc...


Elasticman said…
Never played a bad J35!