Originally prefixed with ‘Super’, the world now uses the term ‘Jumbo’ to describe something akin to Gibson’s (S) J-200, originally of 1937. A huge body makes for deep bass and plenty of sparkling trebles; whether rosewood or maple bodied, it’s a massive sounding rhythm guitar. Dimensions have varied over the years – below is how they’re made currently. The J-185 is a ‘mini jumbo’ – 16 inches across.
BODY LENGTH: 21
MAX DEPTH: 4 3/4
MAX WIDTH: 17
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The Summer 2012 issue of Guitarist magazine, on sale now, contains a huge 27-page feature packed with advice, information and techniques all geared towards making you a better - and better sounding - acoustic guitar player.