In addition to the aforementioned Brian May Red Special, Stroud’s guitar collection includes several instruments from the Sixties: a 1965 Fender Stratocaster, a 1968 Fender Jazzmaster, and a 1969 Gibson ES-330. “I also have a Gibson J-50 flattop acoustic, although I don’t know what year it is,” he says.more
The classic Gibson J-50, with a sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Highlighted with the J-50's Antique Natural finish for a simple and clean look. This limited edition is hand rubbed with Gibson's own VOS process for a vintage vibe. Dressed with a distinctive tortoise pickguard. This limited edition features vintage style Grover strap tuners and an L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup for plug and play ease and natural-sounding amplification. Hand made in Bozeman, Montana and limited to only 65 instruments worldwide.more
"I used the Jorma M-30 that Martin makes. But since this is Vintage Guitar, I have to add that I still have my ’59 Gibson J-50 I bought new for a hundred bucks at Pop’s Music Store in Dayton, Ohio – which sort of defined my guitar playing life for so many years. I don’t have any of the old electric guitars – they’re long gone – but I’ve got that J-50. It’s sort of fragile in its old age, but it’s still a great-sounding guitar."more
In this interview with Truevintageguitar.com Isakov says about his 1967 J-50 that it has had a neck reset, refret and had the adjustable bridge “fixed”. The tuning keys are reproduction Kluson keystones. It has the slimmer, late 60s neck and the setup is spot on. It has nice mid to low range with that classic Gibson Americana rumble. (http://truevintageguitar.com/gregory-alan-isakov-and-his-1967-gibson-j-50/#wpexLightboxGallery[post-99]/0/)more
"Knowles quite naturally shifts the discussion from singing and songwriting back to his first love: guitars. In addition to his J50 he also owns a J45, which is four years old. “I don’t take it on tour at the moment, but it is a wonderful guitar.” " - excerpt from Performing Musician interview.more
In an interview with Guitar World, Johnny Nicholas says about the Gibson J-50 "And my sweetheart guitar, the Gibson J50, that was given to me in high school. The J50 and I have been all over the country. I've hopped freight trains, hitchhiked and played all over the world with that guitar."more
I got mine in 2007. It was one of Gibson's reissue models, and apparently it was one of the last years that they made the J-50. It had a beautiful sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides (I loved to stick my nose in the soundhole and breathe in that delicious smells...it constantly smelled like freshly cut wood), and an LR Baggs internal mic system. The volume knob was just inside the soundhole, which is great because I HATE when guitar companies cut holes in the sides of their acoustics to put all the knobs and other fiddly bits and show off how cool their technology looks. It came with Grover enclosed tuners as well, and sounded perfect from Day 1. I got mine hours after it was delivered to the store from Bozeman, Montana, and it was like they'd set it up before shipping. It came with a nice "Gibson Acoustic" case for a total of $2000.
As far as sound, it's exactly what you'd expect from a high-end Gibson acoustic. A nice full sound when strumming (and with very balanced sound, from a full bottom end to a crisp and clear high end), beautiful clarity when fingerpicking. It also sounded really good when plugged in.
Sadly I sold mine when I got divorced. I still daydream about finding it online and buying it back. I'll tell you this, though. If you find one of these, grab it. I guarantee you won't be sorry.
The classic Gibson J-50, with Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides highlighted with the J-50's antique natural finish complemented by a distinctive 1950's style tortoise pickguard. Top Wood Species: Sitka Spruce Pieces: 2 Grade: AA Binding: 4 ply top
Back Wood Species: Mahogany Pieces: 2 Binding: 1 ply Weight Average Weight (body only): 1.025 kg /2.26 lbs
Materials Used Glue: Franklin Titebond 50
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Radiused top with scalloped bracing for projection and resonance
Body Contour Carve: Radiused