1967 Gibson J50

satisphied

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Someone has one of these for sale locally for $1500. I am asking for more history as to repairs/refrets/nut replacement. It looks to be in great shape for a 50 year old instrument. However, I am a complete novice when it comes to acoustic guitars and would't know how to spot a dud if it was yelling at me.

For $1500 it seems to be a great deal, I see some on reverb for $2k-$2500.
 

zombywoof

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Assuming the guitar is in nice shape, the price seems fair. Main thing to keep in mind is that a 1967 Gibson will have a skinny neck profile made to feel even thinner by the 1 9/16" nut they went to in 1965 . Not a good or bad thing but if you like a bit heftier neck a '67 may not be for you. If stock, the guitar will also have an adjustable bridge. Many do not like these bridges but they can be replaced with little trouble or a fixed saddle inset put in. It might also have a laminate bridge plate but I am not 100% sure. On the plus side the J-50 will still have round shoulders and the bracing will be the same as found in Gibsons made from 1955 on. It did not start getting bulkier until 1968.

As far as it being a dud, only your ears will be able to tell you that.
 

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Play it.
Thats the best way to know. 1500$ is a good price. Zombywoof has great info.
I had a 57 for many years that was stolen in 92. I have a great 66 now.
 

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I messaged the seller asking for more personable info about their specific guitar, and they linked the original ad back to me. I skimmed right over the paragraph I was looking for.. It says its got a lot of wear and the adjustable bridge has been replaced with a fixed one. See below.


This 1967 J-50 has definitely been played and shows considerable wear, but is in good condition for it's age. There are numerous scratches, nicks, and dents throughout the guitar, as displayed on the photos. There is finish hazing and imperfections throughout. The original adjustable bridge system has been replaced with a fixed bridge. Includes hardshell case.

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1967 Gibson J-50
Body Style: Round Shoulder
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides: Mahogany
Fingerboard and Bridge: Rosewood
Binding: Triple Bound Top, Single Bound Back
Backstrip: none
Pickguard: Tortoise J-50
Fingerboard Inlay: None
Solid Peghead with Gibson Logo
Tuners: Grover
Nut Width: 1-37/64"
Scale: 24 5/8"
Body Width: 16-1/8"
Body Length: 20-3/16"
Body Depth: 5-7/8
Total Length: 40-3/4"
Hardshell Case Included


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zombywoof

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The tuners are obviously not original to the guitar but that is not going to have any kind of a major impact on value. A '67 should have enclosed 3 on a plate Klusons.
 

straightblues

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I have one of these. It is a great guitar. Mine has the adjustable bridge, but many, if not most have been changed to fixed bridges. I will likely swap mine as well. They feel a lot like an electric guitar in terms of play-ability. The get the classic acoustic sound as heard on many records. $1,500 is a steal. Get it immediately.
 
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Friend has a 67. Awesome awesome tone, but note that vintage gibson acoustic not only vary wildly, but there are probably more duds than great ones. So beware. Also note as someone else mentioned, this era's J50's had crazy thin nut widths and personally one of the only if not THE only guitars with such narrow spacing i just could not play that think w/o accidentally muting strings. If you can deal with that and you can play this particular one to verify it not a dud, $1500 is a steal. Just remember that just because a guitar is vintage doesn't mean it;s great. I have a new slope shoulder eastman that IMO can just about hang with my friends J50 and was $1 with nitro finish and a great playing neck with 1-3/4 nut width. Just saying....don't go vintage because of all the hype. Do it if the guitar is truly great.
 

seby

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If it is showing a lot of wear then is is because it got played a lot, and if it got played a lot then this was probably because it is a killer guitar. If you are happy with the narrow nut width, then I would jump : )
 




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