Guitars like this do not come along very often. This beautiful and authentically aged 1961 Gibson J-50 produces a rich tone that cannot be replicated by modern instruments.
Played by a host of acoustic luminaries like Jorma Kaukonen, John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, and Bob Dylan, the J-50 is every bit as versatile as the J-45, and it’s reputation as an insider secret makes vintage models a collector’s dream. Producing the exact same legendary tone that filled popular American recordings for decades in the J-45, the J-50 is essentially the exact same guitar. And yet it’s not, which is perhaps its best quality of all.
Essentially a blonde or natural finish J-45, Gibson first introduced the J-50 in 1942. Wartime shortages forced a hold on production shortly after, but the J-50 became an official part of Gibson’s core product line as early as 1947. Its specs would always largely mirror that of the J-45. If the J-45 changed, so did the J-50. But there are a few important historical differences that do set the lesser known blonde apart. In 1950, Gibson added a triple-bound top to the J-50, further differentiating it from the J-45.
* This guitar comes with a non-original hard case