Gibson J-50 ADJ. Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959)
Gibson J-50 ADJ. Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1959), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # S 911-18, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case. Item # 5108
Gibson's slope-shouldered Jumbo guitars have been very popular since the 1940's with Folk, Blues and Pop players and picking this one up it's easy to see why. This is a very comfortable guitar with a sleek, round neck and a big warm sound. This 1959 example is fitted with Gibson's early adjustable bridge with a wooden saddle and the larger pickguard introduced after 1955.
The J-50 is essentially the same instrument as the J-45 with a natural finish and an extra layer of top binding. Over the years they have proven are a bit rarer (they cost slightly more) than that familiar sunburst-top favorite. The J-50 was favored by Texas blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, among many others!
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 16 5/16 in. (41.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A very good sounding, great playing guitar. The neck has been reset with plenty of angle some time back with visible clear touch-up around the heel and fingerboard tongue; some additional touch up to top finish in various places including around pickguard edges. Otherwise all original with not a lot of wear; great '59 neck, original adjustable bridge with rosewood saddle fully intact and functional. One of the best sounding late-50's slope-shoulder Gibson Jumbos we have had, an excellent player's example. Overall Very Good + Condition.
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