Vintage 1965 Gibson J-50 Dreadnought Natural


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What makes this guitar special: A well-worn beauty with a gorgeous patina and a full, robust sound. This slope-shouldered dreadnought projects like a cannon, with a full tonal balance and register, tight bass response and pleasant midrange punch. It’s been played-in and lived a long life, but has the tone and character to match. Professionally setup by the experts at Cream City Music, it will arrive ready to play out of the case.

Cosmetic condition: Well-loved, with plenty of real deal wear throughout. Various scratches, dents, dings, nicks, chips, and scuffs, with areas of finish wear throughout and ample finish checking. The wood around the soundhole has been chipped away with years of playing, and the pickguard has been reglued. Bridge has been professionally reglued, and the saddle has been taken down quite a bit to allow for better playability. There is one notable repair on the bass side of the lower bout. There is an old repair visible across the base of the neck heel, which was finished over. Frets show wear consistent with age, but all notes resonate beautifully and ring true up and down the length of the fingerboard.

Body: Slope shouldered dreadnought in natural finish with double bound mahogany back and sides and solid spruce top. Black/white rosette with multi-ring rosette. Tortoise shell pickguard and rosewood bridge with ivoroid bridge pins. Lower bout width measures 16” with 4 3/4" depth. Upper bout width measures 11 3/4" with 4” depth.

Weight: 3 lb, 14.3 oz

Neck: C-shaped 3-piece mahogany neck with aged white side dots and pearl dot inlays. 1 5/8” nut width, 24 3/4" scale length. Black headstock overlay with gold silk-screened Gibson logo. Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with aged white buttons work great. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard is in terrific shape with only some light wear and tear, and frets show wear consistent with age but still have life in them. With the lowered saddle, the action at the 12th fret currently sits at 7/64” on the bass side, and 6/64” on the treble side. Neck thickness measures .83” at the first fret, 1” at the 10th.

Case: Unoriginal deluxe hard shell case included.