According to The Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, the Gibson LG-12 was made in very limited quantities from 1967-1973 and didn’t even appear in the Gibson total shipping records until 1970. A bit smaller than the J series, it’s 40 ¾” long, 11” at the lower bout, 9 1/2 “ at the waist, 14 1/8” at the lower bout, and 4” deep, making it extremely easy to handle for a 12-string. I would guess it was designed more for the coffee house of the 1960’s folk music scene than the blue grass stage, but it has enough carrying power for anybody.
The LG-12 features a solid spruce X-braced top with mahogany back and sides in a light natural finish, a rosewood large belly bridge with an adjustable saddle, an 12/18-fret rosewood finger board with a 24 ¾” scale and dot inlay, a multi-ring sound hole rosette, and a single-bound top. The three-piece mahogany neck ends in a mahogany headstock with no peghead veneer, six-on-a-strip Kluson Deluxe tuners, and the Gibson script logo. And of course it has the huge sound for which vintage Gibsons have been famous for decades. Despite the rather plain binding and such, the X-braced spruce top makes it pretty close to a 12-string version of the B-25 or the acclaimed LG-3!
This guitar is serial number 910252 (visible in my picture of the back of the headstock), which probably dates it as 1968—about forty-eight years of making music. Considering its age, it’s no surprise that there are a few cosmetic concerns: there is some crazing (cracking) in the finish, a few dings, and considerable pick wear around the sound hole. More importantly, there are also four repaired cracks in the top, all solid but visible in the pictures. The fret board is in good shape, but there is some minimal wear in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd frets.
In other words, it looks like what it is: a great Gibson guitar which has been playing the hard-driving music for which it was made. And, of course, playing the music for almost fifty years has made that Gibson sound even better, more resonant, and more powerful. Despite its relative rarity, this guitar is not for a collector to put in a museum; this is a player’s guitar, and I sincerely hope that its next owner is someone who will continue to play it well and often. It currently is set up at a tad more than 3/32” at the 12th fret low E with brand new D’Addario phosphor-bronze light gauge strings (.010-.047).
The vintage hard shell case appears not to be original, but it fits the unusual combination of smaller body and extended headstock pretty well. For its age, it is in very good shape, inside and out, with a few worn spots around the edges, and one latch missing a hasp. It is an excellent and authentic complement to this fine vintage guitar.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower forty-eight states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this vintage instrument, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy it.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.