Near-mint. We have seen a lot of Gibson J-50s over the last 35 years. This one rates as one of the cleanest ever, a real investment-grade guitar. This early '67 has a large neck for the time period topped with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard that shows nice reddish color and grain, the tuners are original nickel Klusons and function as they should. The back and sides are air-dried Honduran mahogany that have - of course - aged an additional 54 years.
The top looks like Adirondack or red spruce but is likely a really unusual piece of Sitka. Look close at the wide, even grain over the whole soundboard. The real lacquer finish has a golden glow from 50+ years of age, clearly seen on the once-white, now-golden binding. The sound is classic '60s Gibson like you've heard on so many records. Big, thumpy bass, clear treble, and mahogany-enhanced upper mids.
Original Brazilian bridge, original saddle, 1 & 9/16" at nut but a pretty deep neck. Standard Gibson scale for slope-shouldered dreadnought of 24 &3/4". There is the lightest checking and the sharp eye will see a small surface crack on the back just under the neck block , likely from when it was new and and why it is stamped with a 2.
A very impressive guitar and in a condition that makes it rare in this era of rising classic guitars. This comes with the deluxe hard case that was almost half the price of the instrument - a very scarce package.
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