Gibson J-35 6 String 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.
- 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
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."
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.
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."