Sunday, February 19, 2012

1964 Gibson J-50 (with Hummingbird pickguard)

One of the most beloved guitars of the 60's folk boom was the J-45/J-50 from Gibson, and the J-45 itself was introduced in 1942. In 1955, Gibson took the sunburst J-45, gave it a natural finish and called it a J-50. Both guitars feature the classic combination of spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck as well as an easy-playing 24 3/4" scale length (most Martin acoustic guitars have a 25.4" scale which puts the strings under higher tension).

This rare bird (pardon the pun!) boasts a factory mounted pickguard from Gibson's ever popular Hummingbird model, and it looks very pretty on the slope shouldered J-50.

Images courtesy of Gryphon Stringed Instruments.

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