This is a vintage 1950 Gibson SJ (Souhtern Jumbo) flattop acoustic guitar. This particular example, FON 4650 17, is in very nice all original condition. This same version SJ was famously used by Hank Williams, his was a ’51, and was documented as being one of his favorite guitars. Other legends, such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, also gravitated toward Gibson’s flagship dreadnought-sized acoustic, and this slope-shouldered SJ embodies exactly why a group of musical geniuses would appreciate such an acoustic guitar.
The light-bracing, round shoulder body design, small tortoise pickguard, Brazilian Rosewood bridge, and crisp maple bridge plate, all contribute to the utterly impeccable tone and balanced projection of this ’50 Gibson Southern Jumbo. Weighing literally a hair over 4 lbs., this guitar is virtually featherweight. The neck is perfectly straight, the neck joint is solid, and the neck angle is pristine. With low action the entirety of the fingerboard, this guitar plays like your favorite electric when strung with .011 light gauge acoustic strings. With ever-lasting sustain, and immense volume, this SJ embarrasses new boutique-made scalloped-braced Martin copies that list for more than twice what this guitar costs.
This 1950 Gibson SJ also features; a spruce top with sunburst finish, mahogany back and sides with walnut finish, a slope-shouldered body shape, a mahogany neck with bound Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, split parallelogram inlays, original frets, original single-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with no-post through the case, small tortoise pickguard, a 1 11/16″ nut width, original nut and saddle, original bridge pins and strap pin.