Gibson LG-0 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962)

Gibson  LG-0 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1962)
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Gibson LG-0 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 45333, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a nicely original example of Gibson's least expensive flat-top from the 1960s, the LG-0. Intended for the hordes of aspiring guitar students of the era, this model features all solid mahogany construction with a tortoise celluloid-bound solid mahogany top and simple ladder bracing. This early '60s example still has the traditional small rectangular wooden bridge, replaced not long after with the dreaded bolt-on plastic bridge unit which mostly helped kill the tone. Fittings are as simple as possible; the black plastic pickguard is screwed to the top, and the tuners are the plainest Waverly strip units with plastic buttons.

This 1962 example has the slim but flatter neck profile common to the early '60s Gibsons combined with the narrower 1 5/8" nut the company was already phasing in on their student models. The LG-0 is about as simple as a Gibson ever got, but true to the company's intentions, still a surprisingly good-sounding little guitar. Overall this is a solid example of the early '60s guitar that helped many students become Gibson fans for life.
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 9/16 in. (11.6 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 60+ year old guitar shows some general wear but no major repairs. The finish has some checking small dings, dents, and scrapes, most heavily on the back. The back of the neck is comparatively clean with a couple of small dings and dents. The top has some random dings and dents but hardly any pickwear.

There are no cracks to the instrument. The original frets and fingerboard have been polished out and play well. The action is quite low and comfortable in the first few positions but climbs a bit above the 7th fret, to 3/16' bass and 2/16" treble at the 12th fret. Nonetheless this is a very good-playing LG as intended as a simple strummer; the slim neck profile and low action near the nut making it quite comfortable. It is also one of the better-sounding ones we have had with plenty of volume and a warmer, sweeter tone than some. It still resides in the original brown alligator chipboard case. Overall Excellent - Condition.