Gibson J-50 Natural 1969

After a brief appearance in 1942, the J-50 was reintroduced in 1947. The J-50 is essentially the same guitar as the iconic J-45 but with a natural instead of sunburst finish. As such, the changes in specifications between the two models have been more or less identical through their history. 

Years of Production: 1942, 1947 - 1982, 1984 - present

Body Style: Dreadnought

Unique to this Year: In late 1969, Gibson introduced a square-shoulder shape for the J-50 (and J-45). Those with the earlier rounded shoulders (pictured) are more desirable. 

Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Mahogany neck, Spruce top

Design Elements: Rounded shoulders, long pickguard, triple-bound top

Notable Players: John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan

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