Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Offered for sale;

Used 1962 Gibson J-50 serial number 56397.

This guitar is in very good condition. The neck and frets are fine.

Cosmetically there is “checking” in the finish of the top and a few “marks” here and there, overall very clean. The only changes are the neck heal strap button and an output jack that was installed for a DeArmond soundhole pickup (not included).

The 1962 Gibson sales brochure says:
“A popular priced jumbo guitar with exceptional resonance and response. Handsome natural finish top with contrasting dark walnut finish rim. Gibson proved engineered bracing and construction.
Features: Selected spruce top. Honduras mahogany back and rim, with attractive ivoroid binding and purfling. Slim, fast, low-action neck-one piece mahogany with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Gibson special rosewood bridge or adjustable bridge. Tortoise shell finish finger rest. Nickel-plated enclosed machine heads.
Gibson’s much-acclaimed adjustable bridge is available with this model at no additional cost.”

16 ¼ wide, 20 ¼ long, 4 ½ deep, 24 ¾  scale 20 frets.”

Imperial Guitar states: “This is a fine example of a great sounding Gibson acoustic. Alive and resonant. The adjustable ceramic saddle gives back everything you put into it. The J-50 is basically the natural finish of the J-45 with white/black top binding. Often a favorite of Lightning Hopkins, John Hyatt and Jorma Kaukonen.”

Very collectable and very playable.

Non original hard shell case included.


Year: 1962

Serial number: 56397

Body: Spruce top, mahogany back and sides

Neck: Mahogany

Finish: Natural

Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood

Scale Length: 24.75

Number of Frets: 20

Pickguard: Tortoise shell

Bridge:  Brazilian rosewood

Tuners:  Kluson single line, plastic button

Width at Nut: 1 5/8”

Radius: 9.5”

Weight: 4.8 lbs.

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23 Years
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
5:25 AM
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues. - Sat. Mondays by appointment only

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