This is a 100% original vintage 1965 Gibson J-50 acoustic flat top guitar. This particular example, serial number 344615, is in very excellent (8.5+) all original condition! This guitar is perfectly intact with NO breaks, NO cracks, NO repairs whatsoever… it is an absolutely NO issues instrument.
This attractive J-50 features; the standard spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck with a very comfortable slim taper profile with factory large frets, 3-in-a-row double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with the original buttons, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a 1 11/16″ nut width, a beautifully intact injection-molded pickguard, a Brazilian rosewood bridge with an adjustable ceramic saddle, original bridge pins, original single strap pin, original truss rod cover and original tuner ferrules… as stated, 100% original down to every last screw.
This era Gibson J-50/J-45 represents the absolute best option for players looking to buy a vintage Gibson acoustic. Most definitely filed under the “Best Bang for Your Buck” category, this J-50 has everything you want. The medium/slim neck profile, unlike those made prior to ’59 with a larger chunky “D” shape neck. It also has factory large frets: a feature introduced on most Gibson guitars in 1960. This guitar has a solid wood bridge with an adjustable saddle unlike early ’60s (circa ’63) Gibson acoustics with plastic bridges, or earlier ones without adjustable bridges. Thankfully, this example features the traditionally wide 1 11/16″ nut width, which was later reduced to 1 9/16″ in mid-1965.
Even those who are fortunate enough to own/play a ’40s/’50s Gibson acoustic will find that this era J-50 offers something different and fantastic, which is not necessarily achievable with an earlier guitar. It really is an “apples and oranges” comparison, both of which are great in their own respective way.
This particular guitar sounds particularly great. It is really one of the great ones, with a super even and well-balanced tone that is robust yet sweet. It intonates remarkably well thanks to the very low action, and it is unbelievably easy to play. It is very enjoyable when strumming or finger-picking, and will naturally record particularly well. Having owned approximately 50 vintage Gibson acoustics, many from the late-’50s and early-’60s, I can say with confidence that with respect to tone quality and sound, they do not get better than this!
Cosmetically, this guitar is quite clean. It exhibits expected arm and case wear with superfluous random dings, but in general, the guitar is intact and crisp with not much wear on the back, sides, or neck. The most significant cosmetic issues are the scrapes/wear pattern on the arm area, and a very small cigarette burn in between the pickguard and bridge. Otherwise, the back, sides, neck, headstock would be closer to a 9/10.
The guitar is perfectly solid. The bridge is firmly affixed with no lifting or bellying. There are no drying cracks, pickguard cracks, etc. The guitar’s current solid construction definitely contributes to the sonic superiority.
No new guitar, reissue, or luthier-built interpretation can ever reproduce what Gibson perfected. With smooth sparkling highs and rich lows, it’s loud, clear, and balanced. The mids are not too muddy, and are pleasnatly focused. Included with this beautiful guitar is a new Taylor hard shell case.