Gibson J-50 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951)
Gibson J-50 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 9142-30, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, hard shell case. Item # 7696
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 profile and a big sound. This 1951 example shows some light wear but remains in fine playing shape, with typical period features including the "belly up" bridge, small tortoise celluloid pickguard, and early "joined dot" Gibson logo.
The J-50 is essentially the same instrument as the J-45 with a natural finish instead of sunburst and an extra layer of top binding -- worth a small markup to Gibson at the time. Over the years they have proven are a bit rarer (as they cost slightly more) than that familiar sunburst-top favorite. The J-50 was favored notably by Texas blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, among many others!
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 13/16 in. (12.2 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.).
This is a very nice 1951 J-50, relatively clean for a 65+ year old instrument with some of the typical finish checking overall and the standard small dings and scrapes to the top. The largest area of loss to the finish is the lower lip of the soundhole, which is down to the wood on the edge of the rim. There appears to possibly be some very light overspray in spots, but it is minimal at best.
The headstock face shows some old residue where it looks like something -- possibly small mailbox letters -- were glued long ago. The guitar has no cracks and original fittings, the only alteration being a strap button added to the center of the heel.
This is an excellent gigging guitar and a super nice example of an early 1950's J-50, with the typically sweet but powerful midrange sound these are well known for. Excellent - Condition.
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