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Gibson J-50 (c.1968)

   
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Specifications

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides Wood: Mahogany
Width at Nut: 1-9/16"
Bracing Pattern: X-Braced
Scale Length: 24.6"
Frets to Body: 14
Fingerboard and Bridge Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
Body Binding: Cream
Rosette: Multi-Stripe
Headplate Material: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay / Logo: Gibson Silk Screen Logo
Neck Binding: None
Neck Shape: Gibson Slim
Fingerboard Side Dots: Cream
Fingerboard Inlay: M.O.P. Dots
Pickguard: Faux Tortoise
Tuners: Replaced Silver Sperzel Tuners
Electronics: None
Case: Non-original Hard Shell Case

Description

This Gibson slope-shoulder dreadnought is a fantastic player. Legend has it that Gibson typically reserved their better top woods to use with the J-50 models to showcase the nicer grains with the natural finish. This has a warm bluesy sound that punches out nicely and rings with sustain. The neck profile is that slightly thinner 1-9/16" nut width that feels closer to that of their electric counterparts. This has had a very common modification to the bridge, wherein the original adjustable saddle has been removed and plugged with rosewood, and a new bone saddle has been slotted in. This type of mod is very common with the old style Gibson adjustable bridges and a very nice improvement on the overall tone and volume. There is plenty of crazing and checking in the finish but no cracks in the wood. There is some pick-wear on the treble side edge of the sound hole but doesn't prove to be of structural importance. The original tuners were replaced some time ago with Sperzel tuners. It also appears that the hard shell case that comes along with this guitar is not original (it is period correct, but likely originally came with a Guild guitar at the time !)