Gibson LG-2 3/4 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1957)

Gibson  LG-2 3/4 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1957)
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Gibson LG-2 3/4 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # U9046-23, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

OK, vintage Gibsons just don't come much cuter than this! The diminutive 3/4 LG-2 was the company's equivalent to Martin's 5-18 and although created for the burgeoning student market of the 1950s is still built to the standards of a fully professional quality guitar. The narrow-waisted curvy body form was actually handed down from Gibson's late 1920s TG series tenor guitars, and is not really similar at all to the broader-waist LG design of the 1940s.

While designated as the LG-2 3/4, this model is built with a ladder-braced top like the LG-1; presumably Gibson decided a top this small didn't merit the full X-braced treatment. Although originally student priced, these very small instruments were made in far smaller numbers than their full-sized siblings; less than 300 of this model left the factory in 1957. Despite its small size, this is a great-playing guitar with a bright and very punchy sound and an super find for anyone who likes a short scale, small-bodied flat-top.
 
Overall length is 36 3/4 in. (93.3 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 22 3/4 in. (578 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).
This guitar is quite clean overall and all original, with no alterations or major repair. There is some pick wear into the finish on the top above the soundhole, but the rest of the finish shows just light scuffing and very small dings. The instrument shows a rich patina to the still-shiny lacquer with hardly any fading or checking.

The bridge has been visibly reglued but there are no apparent cracks anywhere on the guitar. The neck has been cleanly reset, the frets have only minimal wear and playability is excellent. Overall this is a really sweet example of Gibson's elegant little student flat-top model from the '50s, complete with a well-preserved original alligator-grain SSC. Overall Excellent Condition.