Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson J-50 ADJ in excellent, crack-free condition, complete with a hardshell case. Structurally identical to a J-45 and marketed by Gibson as an upgrade from that venerable dreadnought with a Natural-finished X-braced spruce top, this particular J-50 features the traditional Gibson tonewood pairing of solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top.
A light strum yields an impressive amount of volume, and this guitar easily delivers a relaxed, broad sound with impressive muscle and clarity, qualities not always attributed to the rosewood saddle iteration of this model. The wound strings have a good kick and percussive snap, while the trebles are sweet and airy, and there's a certain bell-like, sweet upper midrange that cuts through a mix and records very well. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and weighing 4lbs 4oz, this J-50 ADJ is strung with fresh 12-54 bronze strings, dialed in with easy-playing action
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft higher up the neck, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard has lightly rolled edges for added comfort, retaining the original medium jumbo fretwire which has been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing no wear with good meat remaining. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A replacement nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and on the headstock, the original chrome import tuners are intact and still function as intended. An anomaly on certain Gibson models in the latter half of the '60s, the open-gear tuners seen on this J-50 are indeed the stock gears (Gibson imported these tuners from Japan).
The original rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the original rosewood saddle is at a good midpoint in its adjustability. The neck set is also ideal. The tortoise pickguard is a modern replacement from Fox Guards, made of a thinner material than Gibson used in the mid '60s, ensuring greater projection and resonance with less dampening of the top.
The nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, and the guitar exhibits tight, subtle lacquer checking extending in all directions across the top with broader, more prominent checking on the back and sides. There is light wear on the treble side of the soundhole, a few very minor dings and scuffs on the lower bout on top, and similarly restrained wear on the back and rims. The smooth nitro gloss is retained on the neck profile, free of palm wear with some subtle lacquer checking and just a couple faint marks behind frets 1-5.
A vintage case is included, offering a bit more structure than a chipboard, complete with functional latches and the original handle. Two of the case hinges aren't functional, but the case still closes securely.