Gibson LG-2 3/4 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954)

Gibson  LG-2 3/4 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1954)

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Gibson LG-2 3/4 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1954), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # X7294-13, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, period black chipboard case.

OK, Gibsons really don't come much cuter than this! The diminutive 3/4 LG-2 is the company's equivalent to Martin's 5-18, and although created for the burgeoning student market of the 1950s is still built to the standards of a fully professional quality guitar. The narrow-waisted curvy body form is actually handed down from Gibson's 1920s TG series tenor guitars, and not actually similar to the broader-waist LG design of the 1940s. While designated as the LG-2 3/4, it carries a ladder-braced top like the LG-1; presumably Gibson decided a top this small didn't merit the full X-braced treatment.

Although originally student priced, these very compact instruments were made in far smaller numbers than their full-sized siblings -- just 164 of this model left the factory in 1954. Despite its small size, this is a great playing guitar with a bright and very punchy sound and an interesting find for anyone who likes a small-bodied flat-top.
 
Overall length is 36 3/4 in. (93.3 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 22 3/4 in. (578 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This guitar is a well-preserved, nicely original example of Gibson's smallest flat-top with a very good sound. The tuners are the correct style reproduction strip Kluson Deluxe, but everything else on the guitar is original. The finish shows some small dings and light checking but overall is very well-preserved, retaining the original deep sunburst with hardly any fade.

Although this guitar shows comparatively little playwear, there are a few repairs; there are old well-sealed cracks just at the edges of the fingerboard down to the sound hole, reinforced from beneath with a large cleat. There is a typical small pickguard crack just off the front top edge of the pickguard to the sound hole rim, also neatly cleated. The bridge has been lowered a bit, and the instrument plays well, with a richer, ringing tone compared to many we have heard. Overall a nice example of Gibson's elegant little student flat-top model from the '50s; still one of the best of this diminutive breed ever made. Excellent Condition.