1964 Gibson J-50 Slope Dreadnought Guitar

This old beaut just turned-out to be passing-through. It's been in the racks for a while awaiting service but the consignor/owner decided he wanted it for himself so I prepared it to take home.

After going through it, I was happily-surprised to find that this '64 model sounds a lot like a '50s J-45/J-50. It has a lot of good mids and a less-boomy voice overall. It's clearer and punchier than I expect for the era. Usually, '60s J-45/J-50 models tend to have a lot of low-end warmth and fullness but a thin or scooped top-end. They make good chordal strummers but as fingerpickers or for lead/fill work they're less-apt compared to earlier ones.

While overall it looks like a "loved-in" old J-50 in pretty good order, it arrived here in a funky state. The back had some unresolved cracking/dropping damage that'd been reglued out of alignment and mucked-up in the past. In addition, the original bridge was long-gone and replaced with a 12-string-size bridge that'd warped and split.

Repairs included: a replacement Madagascar rosewood bridge cut to fit the size/imprint of the old replacement, new bone saddle, fret level/dress, re-repair/shoring-up/fill-work to the collection of cracks on the back, cleaning, and setup.

Setup notes: it plays bang-on at 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE at the 12th fret, strung with standard 54w-12 gauges. The truss rod works and the neck is straight in service. This guy has the more-desirable 1 11/16" nut width and slim-to-medium-depth C-shaped neck profile that would change to the "super-slim, super-narrow" typical '60s Gibson neck by next production year.

















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