Gibson J-35 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,849
Gibson J-35 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Most Gibson Acoustic guitars are priced above $2000 however there are a few priced below that and the J-35, while not the cheapest, was the highest rated of them all in November 2016. Just in case you're interested, the cheapest Gibson Acoustic at most stores is the Gibson J-15 which is also very highly rated.

Gibson first launched the J-35 back in 1936 and this version is still handcrafted in the USA just like the original.

It has the rounded shoulders of its ancestor and has a slightly shorter than usual scale length which makes it quite comfortable for players of all sizes to play compared to regular dreadnoughts.

Artists known to play a J-35 include Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane & Hot Tuna, Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons and Clemens Rehbein of Milky Chance.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Round Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Hand-Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer - Antique Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut Width: 1.725"
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Saddle: Not specified
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element pickup and

Pros

Many customer reviews talk about this being a very playable guitar having a comfortable body shape and neck. The tone was described as "rich", "incredible" and even "old school Gibson".

In his review for Acoustic Magazine Guy Little said, "I think that the J-35 is still the winner it always was; a great, no-nonsense dreadnought with all the quality a prestigious maker can bring to it at a realistic price."

In his expert review on Harmony Central Phil O'Keefe said, "While not inexpensive, the level of quality is what you'd expect from a far pricier instrument. In that respect, it's very much like the pre-war era J-35 models - a high quality American hand made guitar that is very aggressively priced."

Cons

As Phil O'Keefe also pointed out in his review, it doesn't come with a strap button on the neck heel - you either have to install one yourself or use the old-fashioned technique of attaching your strap with laces to the headstock.

Overall

As one person said in their review, "f you've been longing for a Gibson acoustic-electric but don't have multiple thousands of dollars to invest, the J-35 is for you."