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1962 J-50 vs. 1955-1960 J-50

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Looking for some information here.  I have a 1962 J-50.  I removed the adjustable bridge and replaced it with a set rosewood bridge/bridge plate and bone saddle (sounds way better to my ear).  With these modifications, is it now functionally the same as a 1955-1960 J-50 or does the early sixties J-50 have different bracing than the 1955-1960 J-50s.? Thanks in advance.

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I remember Jake Wildwood who repairs allot of Vintage guitars said the 61-65 J-50's have lighter bracing and slightly thinner tops.  When I look at my 65 J-50 the back braces are definitely smaller.  Brace size is even smaller than my 46 J-45.  I just remember he mention that's a sweet spot for a J50 's.  where you can get a bigger fuller tone because of the smaller braces and thinner top.  I still have the adjustable saddle still in but it sounds amazing so I'm going to leave it.

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While I do recall Jake giving the opinion that the bracing was lighter I do not recall any mention about the tops being thinner.  

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What size is the replaced bridge plate ? Thickness and dimension ?   

Not sure how the bracing will differ from 1955 to 62 .. but the bridge pad is certainly a point of interest .

Is your replaced pad made of solid maple ?   Eighth inch thick thick......1 and 7 sixteenths wide....is the preferred dimension .

 

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This is from his web site in the " museum section" where is has all the guitars he has repaired.
 
Around 1960, Gibson changed the bracing on their flattops to be a lot lighter and thinner and also decreased the top thickness. This gives these early-'60s guitars an enlarged, '30s-like bass presence and the classic, Gibson-toting folksinger/blues-player sound with its mids and bass oomph. They're great cowboy-chord, folk-centric guitars but the quick necks also make them rock-n-roll staples, too. By around 1966-67, the bracing was getting a little stiffer and the nut widths were shrinking, so the '61-'65 models are basically the sweet spot for those seeking the "classic Gibson J-45/J-50 tone."

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At the same time, however, I have heard that Gibson increased the thickness of the rim and back during the 1960s.

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