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  1. Thanks a lot guys! I didn't expect a gibson that saw the light in the '50 to have a slim neck, but there you go. I'm going to pass the opportunity this time and wait till I meet a J185 in real life. So now the search begins for a big necked Gibson acoustic, I can't afford to have a lot of guitars, so I just want a couple that I really like, and a big neck is high on the spec list...
  2. Thanks for the input guys So a flat profile? I guess about the same as my Hummingbird TV than...certainly playable but I would like some more meat. Any other J185 TV owners out there?
  3. Hi all, I have a line on a J185 TV but I can't go and pick it up myself since it's a half day's drive. But a friend will be passing in the area at the end of the month and she wants to pick it up for me. The J 185 is near impossible to find here in Europe let alone a more desirable TV model, so I'm seriously thinking of buying it. Most important thing I want to know is how are the necks on these models? I have a Hummingbird TV and would like the neck to be a bit more chunky. My ideal neck is the late '50 Les Paul neck, like the '58 reissue I have. Big neck but very comfy once you get used to it. Could it be that the TV models emulate the original guitars so Hummingbirds came to life in the '60 when the Gibson necks weren't that big, the J185 started in the '50 the era of the thick necks. So what do you guys think? Thanks!!!
  4. Hi all, I have a line on a J185 TV but I can't go and pick it up myself since it's a half day's drive. But a friend will be passing in the area at the end of the month and she wants to pick it up for me. The J 185 is near impossible to find here in Europe let alone a more desirable TV model, so I'm seriously thinking of buying it. Most important thing I want to know is how are the necks on these models? I have a Hummingbird TV and would like the neck to be a bit more chunky. My ideal neck is the late '50 Les Paul neck, like the '58 reissue I have. Big neck but very comfy once you get used to it. Could it be that the TV models emulate the original guitars so Hummingbirds came to life in the '60 when the Gibson necks weren't that big, the J185 started in the '50 the era of the thick necks. So what do you guys think? Thanks!!!
  5. I forgot to thank you for the heads-up, kind of you guys
  6. Yes I am still looking for a J185 but I'm reluctant to buy from overseas. Import duty can add up quite a bit, it is not very clear how much they charge. I once bought a gretsch scratchplate in the US that seemed cheap but they charged me half of the cost and shipping cost as import duty so in the end it was more expensive than just buying it here.
  7. A working weekend and different timezones don't make for a flowing conversation. It's been very informative so far for me, making me more curious about the J185. I can totally understand why it's always been overshadowed by the J200, but I still think that a good J185 could be a more comfy lifetime guitar. I didn't come here for negativity but here is one story I need to tell about online purchasing. In the beginning of february I found a J185 Custom Quilt on a UK online website. I contacted them and they assured me that it was a special run of 65 guitars Gibson was making for a couple of selected dealers and if I placed my order it would be delivred on april 5. They also told me that the usual return policy did not apply since it was a special order (wich sounds very much like a contract to me). So I placed my order and the wait began... Then a couple of days later when I showed the guitar on their website to a friend, I noticed the they raised the price by almost 300 Euro. Than a month later I got an email from them saying that they couldn't deliver the guitar, they suggested a guitar from the HP series as a substitute. Very disappointing but what bothers me the most is that they probaly waited until all the guitars of the limited run they could sell were ordered then they sold my guitar to somebody else for 300 euro more. They cancelled my deal once they were sure that they could make more money and didn't care about a contract. So I still keep looking and one day...
  8. Bobouz, glad that you found the perfect J185 for your tastes and ears. For me it would have to be crosses and tulip tuners, and a big neck while we're at it, but different strokes... I haven't played many J200s, impressive every time but I can imagine that it would be too big a guitar to be confortably playing all night long. That's why I (think) I like the J185, just as cool a Gibson design as the J200, just a little more managable. But as I said, there aren't any to try, let alone to order from a dealer here in Europe <_< And those Everly J180 are something else! I like them very much, but you have to be a real man to get up on stage and play one but I would buy one in a heartbeat if I could find one.
  9. Ksdaddy good point, maybe the feel of the neck is just as important for me as tone or look of a guitar.
  10. Wow Dave, that's exactly what I mean by cool! Great pic! Of course a guitars first purpose is to sound good, maybe it"s a curse for the J185 to look like a J200 but be smaller in body, but is it also smaller in sound or just different?
  11. Hello, I've been looking to buy a J185 but it's crazy but true, here in Europe there simply are none to be found. Is that model so unpopular that Gibson doesn't make them anymore? I think it is one of the coolest of them all, those iron crosses are just so stylish. What do you guys think?
  12. Hi everybody, Frst post. Owner of a Hummingbird TV. A great guitar, by far my favourite The others are a Lakewood D1 and a Santa Cruz 0028. I've been reading a lot here lately and have a few questions so I joined the party. Renaat
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