The ’67 sound

How a vet­eran J-50 found its way to be­come a main­stay

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Isakov’s go-to in­stru­ment is a ’67 J-50 Gib­son. “It was given to me by a friend of mine,” he ex­plains. “He’s a farmer and he has a ranch up in Ne­braska. He’s a vet­eran and he brought that gui­tar to Viet­nam with him. One day he said, ‘I’ve left you some­thing in the garage…’ I thought it was weed be­cause he smoked weed all day. I looked in and there was a buf­falo skull and this gui­tar case. It smelled like a li­brary book and the neck was just bent to shit, but I took it to a friend in Ithaca, New York and he steamed off the neck and re-fret­ted it and I’ve been play­ing only that gui­tar ever since.”

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