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I am looking for some advice on a Gibson acoustic. I am looking at purchasing an acoustic guitar for my son. He tried several Larrivees, Martins, Taylors and a PRS along with a few Gibsons. He gravitated to and really liked the Gibson J 185 CE with Maple sides and backs. It has gold hardware and looks great as well. Any thoughts on the guitar and especially in regards to the Maple ve rosewood vs mahogany? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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I ended up buying a J 185 EC Rosewood in 2009 after trying the maple and rosewood versions back to back. The maple was brighter and treblier while the rosewood had more bass and sounded more clear and well-rounded tone-wise to me. The rosewood model comes with an ebony fretboard and bridge, gold tuners, and split-block inlays which to me are handsomer than the parallelograms. But as davenumber2 mentioned, it's really up to your son's taste.

 

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