Gibson LG-2 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1956)

Gibson  LG-2 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1956)
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Gibson LG-2 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1956), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # V5268-8, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a well-loved, nicely played-in but structurally excellent 1950s example of Gibson's best-known small body flat-top guitar, the LG-2. At the time this model was in the middle of a three-instrument lineup of 14" wide guitars, with the ladder-braced LG-1 at the bottom and the natural finish LG-3 on top. All are basically the same instrument, but the X-braced top of the LG-2 and LG-3 give them a somewhat richer sound. With Gibson's trademark sunburst top, the LG-2 has proved the most enduring of the trio over the decades, a genuine classic that is often the first choice of pickers who love the Gibson sound and prefer a smaller-bodied guitar.

This LG has the larger post-1955 tortoise pattern celluloid pickguard but otherwise remains the same as its earlier 1950s cousins with a small rectangular rosewood bridge, triple-bound top, single-bound back and a block script Gibson logo on the headstock. It has a slim, comfortable round-profile neck and plays extremely well. The LG-2 is rarer than some realize; in 1956 603 were shipped, and it was heavily outsold by both the larger J-45 and cheaper LG-1. This 65-year-old Gibson shows general wear overall but remains a very comfortable player in ready-to-gig condition, looking a bit battered but unbowed six decades on.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a nicely original guitar, structurally excellent, played but not abused with superficial wear but no alteration over its 65 years on earth. The finish shows checking, dings, dents and scrapes overall, with the heaviest wear on the lower lip of the soundhole. The back of the neck is surprisingly clean with only some minor dings. Amazingly enough the guitar is crack free and original with no finish work performed.

The tuners are the original Kluson Deluxes nicely fitted with newer buttons. The rosewood bridge is original, even the pins and endpin are original or at least period. The original nut and saddle appear unaltered. The guitar has never had or needed a neck reset. There is just bit of wear to the frets and fingerboard and this is an excellent player with a big, warm sound. The guitar is still accompanied by the original alligator-grain chipboard case, a bit scruffy but functional. Overall Very Good + Condition.