1963 Gibson J-50 Acoustic


Summary:  After a brief appearance in 1942, the J-50 was reintroduced in 1947. The J-50 is essentially the same guitar as the iconic J-45 but with a natural instead of sunburst finish. As such, the changes in specifications between the two models have been more or less identical through their history.  This particular J-50 has a serial # of 151064 that dates it to 1963.

Body:  Sloped shoulder acoustic guitar with a solid spruce top & mahogany back & sides.

Neck:  Mahogany neck with 20 frets, dot inlays, hand crafted rosewood bridge with an adjustable saddle, original Gibson Deluxe tuning keys.  The frets do show some wear, especially the first 3 frets.  These frets are big jumbo frets & the guitar appears to have been re-fretted before.  The scale length is 24.75” and the nut width is 1 11/16”.

Pickups/Hardware:  No electronics – original Kluson Deluxe tuning keys with white buttons, adjustable saddle, hand crafted rosewood bridge (made by our luthier Nick Holcomb), original tortoiseshell pickguard, dot inlays.

Cosmetics:  This old Gibson shows a lot of wear & tons of character marks – there are several nice sized dings on the top, some wear around the pickguard and lots of checking in the finish.  All the wear is consistent with a well-played vintage instrument from the 1960’s.  There are also several dings & nicks on the back of the guitar & a place toward the bottom where the glossy finish has worn off completely.  There are no cracks or breaks in the guitar.

Playability:  This Gibson plays great – the guitar has been fully set up with 12’s by our in-house luthier & the guitar plays with comfortable action, no buzzing & no dead spots.

Mods/Repairs:  The original bridge was one of those plastic bridges when we got the guitar & we had our luthier craft a rosewood bridge to go on this guitar.

Weight:  4 lbs,  4 oz.

Case:  Non-original hardshell case made by “Terrapin”