Gibson LG-1 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952)

Gibson  LG-1 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1952)
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Gibson LG-1 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # Z2925-26, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This Gibson LG-1 was Gibson's lowest budget flat top in the early 1950's, but still a good-looking and sounding guitar. The model is essentially identical to the next-in-line LG-2 but with simpler ladder-bracing under the top instead of the more elaborate X-pattern. The materials and cosmetics are otherwise exactly the same, with mahogany back and sides and a spruce top. The only way to tell the difference is to peer (or poke a finger) under the back edge of the soundhole! The top is finished in a stately sunburst, the back and sides natural mahogany and both are single bound. The mahogany neck has a plain dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard and is topped by the standard Gibson-logo'd headstock with Kluson Deluxe tuners.

While designed as a budget guitar for student players and teaching studios the LG-1 in this period is still a fairly classy instrument, especially compared to most of its competitors. The sound is usually somewhat brighter and less sophisticated than its X-braced sisters, with something like a mix of Gibson and Stella characteristics. This is a generally well-preserved and nicely original 1952 guitar, showing some light wear and minor repair but one of the best playing and sounding of these we have had.
 
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This guitar is fairly clean externally and nicely original, mostly unaltered except for newer buttons on the original Kluson Deluxe strip tuners. It shows very minor play wear with light checking and minor typical dings, dents and scuffs mostly into but not through the lacquer. As is often the case the lower lip of the soundhole has a bit of wear down to the wood. The instrument shows a rich patina to the sunburst, darker than many later examples with a very stately look for a small budget guitar.

There are some old internal repairs that are solid but sloppy, with a decent amount of excess hide glue left in place around the back braces and heel block. This looks to have happened decades ago. There is a typical sealed grain split off the upper edge of the pickguard has been resealed; there are no other cracks. The neck has never been reset and playability is excellent with the original bridge that has been lowered a bit with a new saddle. Overall this is a really sweet example of Gibson's elegant little student flat-top model from the '50s, in a later HSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.