The Gibson LG-2 was introduced in 1942 as the next iteration of their 10 year old L-00 model. It featured a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, X style top bracing and a lower body width of about 14 and 1/4″. With a lightly braced top and smaller sound chamber, the LG-2 produces a lot of volume from lighter picking hand. It’s got warm, trebly mid range and a full low end thump.
This clean LG-2, bearing no visible factory order number, was likely made in 1947 or ’48. The block style Gibson logo was introduced in ’47 but was applied slightly lower on the headstocks on earlier guitars like this one. The neck width at the nut is 1 11/16″ which was also new in ’47 (decreased from 1 3/4″). The firestripe pickguard was updated to faux tortoise shell in 1942 but is sometimes seen on Gibson guitars until the 1950s. The Spruce used for the top doesn’t exhibit the typical cross skiing and uniform grain that we typically see on Sitka Spruce so we’re unable to determine its origin. Other late 1940s features include open back Kluson tuners, solid rims with ribbon side supports, and a tapered headstock.
Repairs include a professionally executed neck reset, bridge reglue, and a few braces reglued. The action currently sits at 5/64″ on the bass side and 4/64″ on the treble side when measured at the 12th fret. The neck is straight and the frets bear little evidence of prior player wear. There are two glued rim cracks and a small area of impression on the bass side rim. It’s a lovely fingerpicking guitar that doesn’t require a heavy right hand to drive the top. We’re confident you’ll love the tone and playability of this unique Gibson LG-2!