1956 Gibson J50 Acoustic Sunburst Mike Campbell Tom Petty's Lead Guitar For Sale1956 GIBSON J50 Acoustic Sunburst Mike Campbell Tom Petty's Lead Guitar Product Description Last night, June 15th, I attended the Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker show in Noblesville, IN. Before the show I visited with Mike Campbell and Ron Blair. I was there to enjoy the show and to deliver a Gibson banjo that Mike purchased from me. I asked Mike to have a look at my GibsonJ50, which he did. He played it a little, time permitting, and said it was a great sounding guitar, which it is. Several years ago Mike bought a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird from me. Now one of his favorites of his collection. The last picture is Mike with the guitar. Made the mistake of letting my Brother take the pictures. His photography skills need some work, as you can see. The guitar is a 1956 year model, and has been regularly played and for that reason I think it has helped it develop that warm mellow sound that the jumbo size Gibson's are know for. This one has a full, robust and punchy sound. It vocalizes quite well and projects just like you would desire your Gibson to do. It will hang with the best of them. She may not win first prize in the Miss America swimsuit contest, but when the talent contest comes around, she will shame them all. The finish has the prototypical checking in the nitrocellulose. The patina of the wood is simply fantastic and time has aged it to a gorgeous golden yellow. Turtle shell pickguardmakes for a nice look too. The action is buttery smooth and approximately1/8" at fret number 12. She comes in a fantastic hard shell case. Possibly original, but I am not sure. CONDITION: Very good original used condition. Typical wear commensurate with age. Bumps and bruises from routine play. It has had several splits in the wood repaired. These repairs were executed by a Professional Luthier, the best in the Midwest, who took his time and meticulously worked them over a month long period. In other words, he did not do a rush or half ass job. His first order of business was to humidify the instrument over the course of a couple days, regularly monitoring the moisture content of the wood, before beginning the work. He also set the instrument up with new strings, tuned it and has given it a clean bill of health. States it will last another 55 years if kept well and respected.
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