Gibson LG-3 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1953)

Gibson  LG-3 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1953)
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Gibson LG-3 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # Y5967-25, natural lacquer finish, mahogany sides, back and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, brown hard shell case.

This is a good-sounding and playing early 1950s example of Gibson's premier small body flat-top guitar, generally well-preserved with some older repair work. The LG-3 is basically the same instrument as the LG-2 with what Gibson claimed to be a "finer selection" of woods and a natural finish instead of sunburst. Compared to later examples, these pre-1955 guitars are a bit plainer, more austere, and elegant, with a small tortoise pattern pickguard, rectangular bridge, triple-bound top and single-bound back, and block script Gibson logo. This one has a slim, comfortable round-profile neck, and plays extremely well; it is a very responsive guitar. This is a fine-sounding early 1950s Gibson with some repair work in ready-to-gig condition, looking not much the worse for wear after 65+ years.
 
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 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.).

Overall this LG does not show a lot of wear but has some older internal repairs. The instrument does not appear to have been played a lot; there is only very minor pickwear to the top and sound hole rim. The finish shows small dings and handling marks overall, but no major wear. This guitar remains original except for an added strap button on the heel.

The instrument likely got rather dry some time in the past; the top center seam has been repaired with a thin splice from the sound hole to the back edge. There are some fairly large wooden cleats added underneath, though not enough to adversely impact the sound. A spruce grain crack at the top edge of the pickguard shows a similar repair. There is also a small repaired but uncleated spruce grain crack to the rim of the soundhole off the bass side of the fingerboard. The back center seam has been resealed as well and one long mahogany grain crack on the back is neatly repaired without any touch-up.

The original small maple bridgeplate is intact and unaltered; the retaining screws and nuts have been removed from the underside and the bridge itself was lowered just slightly at some point. This guitar has had a cleanly executed neckset; the original frets and the fingerboard have some light divoting in the lower positions, but playability is not affected. This LG would make an excellent gigging or recording guitar; easy playing and handling with both sweetness and clarity to the sound in equal measure. Includes a later HSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.