11/03/2018

1964 Gibson J-50 ADJ Slope Dreadnought Guitar




This '64 J-50 is just about as clean as they come. It has no cracks, is entirely-original, only the most minor of scratches here and there, and has a good neck angle and superior playability. It's also been very stable for its owner/consignor, who's had it for the past few years. Every time I've seen it, it only needed the most minor adjustment to the adjustable saddle to keep it healthy and playing spot-on. Said owner just made some new big guitar purchases, however, and so this one's up on the block. 

Around 1960, Gibson changed the bracing on their flattops to be a lot lighter and thinner and also decreased the top thickness. This gives these early-'60s guitars an enlarged, '30s-like bass presence and the classic, Gibson-toting folksinger/blues-player sound with its mids and bass oomph. They're great cowboy-chord, folk-centric guitars but the quick necks also make them rock-n-roll staples, too. By around 1966-67, the bracing was getting a little stiffer and the nut widths were shrinking, so the '61-'65 models are basically the sweet spot for those seeking the "classic Gibson J-45/J-50 tone."

Anyhow, this guitar comes in via local consignment. I only had to put about 25 minutes into it to make it perfect and it really is one of the better J-50s from this timeframe that I've played.

Specs are: 24 5/8" scale length, 1 11/16" nut width, 1 1/2" string spacing at the nut, 2 1/8" spacing at the bridge, 16" lower bout, 11 1/2" upper bout, and 4 7/8" side depth. The neck has a slim-to-medium C-shaped profile with a 12" radius to the board. Action is spot-on at 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE at the 12th fret (though it's adjustable to preference), the truss rod works 100%, and the neck is straight. String gauges are normal 54w-12.

Materials are: solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge. The saddle is rosewood and the nut is synthetic. The pickguard is a thicker slab of celluloid and the frets are the vintage-style, low-ish jumbo stock. They have good height and were almost untouched before my work on the guitar.

Condition issues: aside from the usual weather-check to the finish and a few minor nicks and scratches, it's very clean. There are no cracks and it's entirely healthy. It also appears to be 100% original, too.

Work included: a very minor fret level/dress, compensation for the B string at the saddle, and a setup.

It comes with: a flight-style case.




















2 comments:

Unknown said...

Nice..a beautiful guitar..hows the neck width on this un

Jake Wildwood said...

1 11/16"