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Made for players wanting a comfortable, small-body acoustic with the tonal characteristics of a Jumbo, the Gibson J165 EC Maple acoustic-electric guitar is a welcome addition to Gibson's distinguished line of LSeries Small Body acoustics. The J165 EC Maple has the same shape as Gibson's Jumbos, but with smaller dimensions. Includes hardshell case.
- Gibson Logo
- Nickel Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners
- Rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges and split parallelogram inlays
- Tapered dovetail neck joint
- Body tonewoods (back, sides and top)
- Radius top
- Nitrocellulose finish
- Body binding
- Tortoise pickguard
- Fishman Aura Pro acoustic pickup system
- Crown Peghead logo
- Includes hardshell case
Nickel Grover Mini Rotomatic Tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the J165 EC Maple. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the mini Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Split Parallelogram Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's J165 EC Maple is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J165's split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge-instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic's rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing playability.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J165 EC Maple is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from AAA-grade Eastern maple, giving an evenly biased, warm tone, with robust, well-defined lows and sparkling highs.
The bracing pattern inside the J165 EC Maple is a smaller version of the design used for Gibson's legendary Super Jumbo acoustics-a distinctive X pattern that allows the top to vibrate with less restraint, thus projecting the J165's powerful and balanced sound. This exceptionally balanced tone, combined with the warm, rich sound of rosewood, delivers the ultimate parlor size acoustic.
The rosette on the J165 EC Maple is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring is three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance.
Fishman Aura Pro Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson's J165 EC Maple comes equipped with a built-in Fishman Aura Pro, featuring Fishman's popular Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology. This ground-breaking pickup system reproduces the natural sound of the J165 as miked in a professional studio, and onstage, thus eliminating the complicated setups of expensive microphones. Auro Pro uses digital algorithms to create images of various microphones' captured sounds. Players can then blend these images with an acoustic guitar's pickup to produce an immediate and dramatic improvement in amplified sound. The Fishman Aura Pro's preamp includes a tuner, and is mounted on the bass side rim of the upper bout.
Crown Peghead Logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today's J165 EC Maple. Over the years, it has also been called a thistle because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a crown.
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