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1956 Gibson J-50 Mahogany/Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1956
Model
J-50
Serial #
V6151-35
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
4931
Condition
Good Finish crazing across body and back of neck, pick wear above bridge, belt buckle rash on back
Body Type(s)
Large, Slope Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosette
Ivoroid and Wood
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
MOP Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Kluson
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20.25 in
Upper Bout
11.5625 in
Lower Bout
16.1875 in
Body Depth Heel
3.875 in
Body Depth Tail
4.9375 in
Scale Length
24.625 in
Scale Length (mm)
625.5 mm
Nut Width
1.63 in
Nut Width (mm)
41.4 mm
String Spacing
2.13 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.1 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

Gibson has made many, many spectacular guitars in its lengthy career, and continues to do so today. But rewind the clocks back to 1956, and you find yourself in the company of a legendary model of this monolithic company: the J-50. The J-50 is considered by many to be Gibson's most popular acoustic guitar of all time, and it's obvious why--the J-50 is the perfect size guitar for pretty much any application, and it has a voice which is instantly recognizable for its strength and projection. Everyone at Dream Guitars is always excited when we get one in the shop, but this 1956 J-50 in Mahogany and Spruce has far exceeded our already high expectations. This particular J-50 is explosive! The vigorous, charged voice has an energetic warmth, and the middle register in particular pops off the strings. The completely opened up Spruce top gives the guitar a monstrous projection and responsiveness, and you can thank the decades of players who have lovingly strummed this guitar to help achieve that opened up sound. Of course, this J-50 has some play wear befitting its almost six decades of life, but the guitar is still in prime playing condition, and has a very confident vintage look to it. The neck has been reset, and the original adjustable bridge has been replaced with a fixed bridge, which means that this particular J-50 is in perfect fighting shape and should continue to play amazingly for many more decades to come! When we say this guitar is perfect for pretty much anything, we mean it: this J-50 glows when flatpicking American Traditional or even Irish music, but also has the balanced tone and string to string articulation that fingerstylists pine after. For any guitarist seeking an instrument which will shine in a variety of applications, this is the J-50 for you.

The mascot of Gibson acoustic guitars, the J-50 is ubiquitous among guitarists of all walks. This 1956 J-50, in particular, showcases what has made them so famous: its big, its loud, and the tone is rich, fat, and easy. Talk about a sound cannon! I love vintage Gibsons, but sometimes they're just not in any condition to make music. This one's been revived and given new legs for the many, many miles it has left to go.
 
There's something about that classic Gibson tone that makes me want to strum away at Beatles songs and other similar styles. This one is set up perfectly and will be a great find for that vintage Gibson lover.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.625 in
NUT WIDTH 1.63 in
STRING SPACING 2.13 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAHOGANY

Gibson has made many, many spectacular guitars in its lengthy career, and continues to do so today. But rewind the clocks back to 1956, and you find yourself in the company of a legendary model of this monolithic company: the J-50.
 

The mascot of Gibson acoustic guitars, the J-50 is ubiquitous among guitarists of all walks. This 1956 J-50, in particular, showcases what has made them so famous: its big, its loud, and the tone is rich, fat, and easy.
 
There's something about that classic Gibson tone that makes me want to strum away at Beatles songs and other similar styles. This one is set up perfectly and will be a great find for that vintage Gibson lover.
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