Gibson LG-2 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1943)

Gibson  LG-2 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1943)
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Gibson LG-2 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1943), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 2566-33 (FON), sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

This is a very attractive example of the celebrated "Banner" Gibson LG-2, so-called for its headstock decoration reading "Only A Gibson is Good Enough". This model represents a very early appearance of the long-lived "LG" series of small-bodied Gibson flattops, which replaced the earlier L-00 style instruments as the war went on. WWII-era LG-2's are known for their chunky round-backed neck profiles; this one is no exception. Like many it was built without the adjustable truss rod due to wartime restrictions on metal use, but the neck has remained in excellent shape regardless.

This guitar is somewhat unusual in having a laminated maple neck instead of the standard mahogany, another example of the virtually unlimited variations found on Gibson "Banner" flat top guitars. The other specs are standard for the model; the sunburst finished spruce top and natural mahogany back are single bound, the soundhole ring is a simple 3-ply. The tuners are the original wartime strip Klusons. The guitar appears to have been used but not abused over the last nearly years, a splendid survivor of this period's very fine Gibson flat tops.
 
Overall length is 39 5/8 in. (100.6 cm.), 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This LG is very clean and original overall with some checking but not a lot of play wear. There is some typical scuffing and small dings, scratches and chips to the finish overall but not much wear or fading to the top. The bottom edge of the soundhole rim is slightly worn to the wood, otherwise the top is virtually free of pick marks. The back of the neck has three fairly deep capo dings through the finish behind the first, second and third frets that could be sanded down to be somewhat smoother if desired. There is a fair amount of finish chatter along the edges of the fingerboard.

This guitar has no cracks at all which is somewhat miraculous after nearly 80 years. The bridge looks to have been cut down somewhat ling ago but still has decent height, with a newer saddle. Internally ii is undisturbed, with the original small maple bridgeplate in excellent condition. The neck has been reset nicely, the fingerboard may have been removed as part of the procedure but no metal rod was added. This is a really nice playing and great sounding example of Gibson's smaller WWII-era flat-top model, still in the original chipboard case which is still fairly functional but has one broken hinge. A modern HSC can be substituted if preferred. Excellent - Condition.