Up for sale, a 1969 Grammar G50 Johnny Cash signature model in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a new carved bone nut and saddle, this exceedingly rare vintage dreadnought was one of only roughly 100 produced by Grammar under Ampeg's brief ownership of the company.
A brand that found favor and widespread use within the country music community in the '60s, the Grammar Johnny Cash G50 model wasn't just a guitar endorsed by the Man in Black, it was also an instrument Cash used on his TV program (not this exact guitar, but we digress). In recent years, the Grammar brand, and the Johnny Cash model in particular, has been elevated in status by its connection with Joe Bonamassa who has curated an enviable collection of these prized acoustics.
The G50 Johnny Cash features an X-braced spruce top, heavily figured birdseye maple back and sides, and a maple neck capped with an ebony fingerboard. The body is 15 1/2" wide across the lower bout, with a full 5" body depth, yielding a bright, punchy sound with plenty of glassy treble definition thanks to the ebony board and maple back/sides. Wound strings are taut and clear, with a sweet bloom as notes sustain, while the plain strings are sparkling and snappy. The guitar weighs 5lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-54 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The maple neck has a substantial C-shaped profile cave with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard has 14 frets clear of the body with pearl dot inlay, alternating between single and double dots, with a triple dot inlay at the octave. The original slender frets are intact, with light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 13/16" wide, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for ideal note clarity and sustain. The distinctive batwing headstock is the slightly smaller shape seen in the Ampeg-Grammar years, with Johnny Cash's signature oriented vertically. The stock Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and have notably clean plating.
The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, fitted with a modern tall carved bone saddle. String spacing at the bridge measures 2 3/32". The guitar benefits from a neck reset, and the neck meets the body at an ideal angle, ensuring optimal playability for decades to come. The Grammar label is visible through the soundhole with clean model and serial stamps.
The pale two-tone Sunburst gloss finish highlights the birdseye figuring in the maple on the back and sides, and there is broader finish checking on top, with particularly tight checking on the back and sides. Cosmetic wear includes scattered small dings across the top, with more restrained wear on the sides and a remarkably clean back save for some targeted buckle rash at the treble-side waist. The neck profile has a nigh-flawless smooth gloss finish.
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included.