Just got a 1964 Gibson J50 - This thing kills for 60's and 70's acoustic rock

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  1. straightblues

    straightblues Member

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    A friend of mine just sold me a 1964 Gibson J50 (same as the J45 but without the sunburst) for way too cheap. I wasn't even in the market but the price was so good, I simply couldn't pass it up (about 1/3 of its current value). I told him the value and told him I could sale it for him, but he just really wanted me to have the guitar.

    It has the ceramic adjustable bridge that everyone seems to hate. I own a couple of high end acoustics (Santa Cruz and Martin). But man this one just gets that sound that reminds me of the 60's and 70's acoustic records I heard as a kid. That sound is just there. It is great when you strum a guitar and it instantly takes you to a place and time :hiP Happy boy right now! Just thought I would share.

    It needs some new bridge pins. What should I get for it?
     
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  2. H. Mac

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    Congrats! Those mid-60s Gibsons are excellent guitars, and I never thought the adjustable ceramic bridges were a problem.
     
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    I have a 64 J50 also and its a wonderful guitar. I had the ceramic bridge removed and a stationary saddle installed ( filled with BRW ) only because the intonation was off.

    The stationary saddle did improve the tone. It sounded great with the ceramic but the stationary saddle did make a difference.

    Congrats on yours
     
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    Cool thanks for sharing. Did you pull all the adjustable hardware or leave it in place? Could you post a picture? I would love to take a look.
     
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    Don't change a thing. The adj/ceramic bridge/saddles have a unique tone.
    And, simple white plastic pins will work just fine.
     

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