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Gibson J-50 Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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Great vintage S body style on this Gibson J-50 Acoustic-Electric Guitar is comfortable to hold with totally unique looks enhanced by the '60s S pickg...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great vintage S body style on this Gibson J-50 Acoustic-Electric Guitar is comfortable to hold with totally unique looks enhanced by the '60s S pickguard. Under-saddle pickup reproduces the fabulous tone of the premium Sitka spruce top without feedback. Traditional mahogany back and sides add warmth. Mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and bridge is on a 24-3/4" scale for easy play. White-button nickel Gotoh tuners and 4-ply top binding for a little visual elegance.

  • Premium Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Active preamp and under-saddle piezo
  • Round-shoulder body style
  • '60s S tortoise pickguard
  • 4-ply top binding
  • Gotoh tuners with white buttons
  • 24-3/4" scale

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Best acoustic out there

By Grahame

from Minneapolis

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Let's just say this: I will never again be on the market for an acoustic guitar. Not because of need, anyway. Also, I would put my J-50 up against any...ANY...other high-end acoustic guitar as the best acoustic. I love it. It sounds great for fingerpicking or strumming, for any style of music.
This guitar is not loaded with whistles and bells, and that's for the best. There's a small volume wheel just inside the sound hole, but that's it. This unobtrusive pickup/mic doesn't cut into the body of the guitar, and therefore has minimal impact on its tone. I view guitars as a work of art, and when you cut a square out of the side and mount a plastic box with sliders, it's like painting a wristwatch on the Mona Lisa. The tuners are really nice chrome Grovers, and although I prefer the vintage look of the "butter bean" plastic knobs, I've got nothing to complain about. The fretboard inlays are dots, and there is no design on the headstock aside from the Gibson logo. The only thing is that the bottom strap button doubles as the 1/4" jack input, and as a result it can be a little difficult to get your strap to secure firmly. Speaking of strap buttons, there's only the one at the bottom, leaving you to have to tie the strap around the headstock. I just bought a strap button and drilled it into the lower side of the neck heel. Problem solved.
As I was shopping for guitars before getting this one, I tried out several J-45s (the J-50 is the natural-finish version of the J-45) and was not very pleased with them. Perhaps it was that I was at a large box store retailer. My J-50, however, is quality through and through. There is nothing low quality about it.
1) It's a Gibson.
2) It's a J-50, which they don't make anymore.
3) It's a Gibson.

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J-50 american quality instrument

By Mike Mcd

from Minnesota

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Very pleased with the item. Short scale easier on the old knuckles without sacrificing tone. Pleasant sound, volume quite good, warmth and bass very good. Tuning machines not great. Fit and finish very good. Nothing wasted on gingerbread. Simply good. Hundreds less than comparable USA offerings from Martin, Taylor, etc.


Crash Hall

By Crash Hall

from Minneapolis, MN

This guitar is amazing! It's honduras mahogany/sitka spruce combination is perfect. The pickup is great. I really enjoy playing this guitar.


The best of both worlds

By Jimmy Braskett

from Vancouver WA

Taylors have beautiful crisp high and mid range but lack punch at the bottom. Martins have plenty of boom but are somewhat muddy and almost muffled in the mid to highs. The J-50 I just got today has the best of both of these guitars. This thing sounds better than ANY guitar I've EVER played. PS: All guitars are different. The one I purchased had twice the volume and tone of a Flying Dove in a side by side comparison. Play it before you buy it.Peace


Thank You Gibson!

By Phil Duane

from Minneapolis, MN

When I found out that Gibson rereleased the J 50 I was so happy. I had played several vintage ones and was amazed at its sound. The round shoulders coupled with the honduran mahogany and the sitka spruce top make it an excellent fingerpicking and strumming guitar. It has more lows than a standard dreadnaught while maintaining that classic Gibson sound. I was a little disappointed in the price of the J 50 and the J 45. I don't know why it continues to climb so high but one thing's for sure--there's not a guitar on earth that sounds the way a Gibson does.

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