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 # V7694-20, 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 nice 1950s example of Gibson's best-known small body flat-top guitar, the LG-2. 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 rich sunburst top, the LG-2 has proved the most popular of the trio over the decades, a genuine classic that is often the 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 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. This 65-year-old Gibson shows just some minor repair work related to pickguard shrinkage and is a very comfortable player in ready-to-gig condition, looking not much the worse for wear 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 nice, clean original guitar, which does not appear to have been played a whole lot for much of its 65 years on earth. There are small nicks and dings to the finish, most notably on the lower lip of the soundhole. There are repaired cracks along the top edge of the pickguard on both sides of the soundhole rim, with some light touch up applied. Other than these the guitar is crack free and original with no finish work performed. There are small initials carved into the back of the peghead in two spots, discreet reminders of a story lost to time.

The tuners are open back flat-plate Klusons; this is not what we usually see on 1950s LG's so we would assume they were replaced, but they are of the period and fit perfectly. The rosewood bridge is original, the pins and endpin are later and the original bone saddle has been lowered a bit. 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. Excellent Condition.