Gibson introduced the LG-2 in April of 1943 as a kind of junior partner to the famous J-45, followed by the ladder-braced LG-1 in 1947. Both had the same solid spruce top and mahogany back, sides, and neck, full body binding, a simple one-stripe rosette, a straight rosewood bridge, a 14/19-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, a blackface headstock with a screened or decal logo and three-on-a-plate nickel tuners, and a tortoise pickguard. Its smaller dimensions (14 1/8” lower bout, with a 24 ¾” scale) allowed Gibson to use straight-across ladder bracing on the top as well as the back, and to use a single piece mahogany back with no center seam. It was usually in a sunburst finish, and was produced at a rate of about 1250 a year until 1968.

Somewhat smaller than the dreadnoughts and jumbos, the LG-1 is similar to the size of Joan Baez's Martin--light and easy to handle, but still tough enough to sling over your back for the trek to the next jam. It was also still a Gibson, and it had the power and resonance to fill the spaces and send the message. And 48 years of seasoning that spruce and mahogany has only made this particular LG-1 stronger.

As mentioned above, the LG-1 originally had a 14/19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay and a rosewood bridge. However, in 1955 the fingerboard became the more common 14/20-fret model, and by 1967 the neck was made narrower, the tuners became the individual Kluson Deluxe tuners seen here, the pickguard became larger and thicker, and the frets were given larger crowns. While there is frequently some question about the exact date of manufacture of 1960s Gibsons, the serial number of this one (890701) indicates the 1969 date.

HOWEVER, as can be seen in the pictures there are so many inconsistencies in the specs of this guitar—even for a Gibson—one can only conclude that the entire top has been expertly replaced. Basically, this Gibson LG-1 has been transformed into a Gibson LG-3, complete with an X-braced top, and it sounds terrific! Some obvious changes: there is no pickguard; it has an adjustable bridge with a ceramic saddle; the top has custom 5-stripe binding with an additional design layer of binding to set it off; and the top is too clean not to have been lightly sanded and sealed, presumably with clearcoat.

Still, as probably should be expected in a 48-year-old guitar—there are some signs of wear. There is extensive finish crazing on the sides and back, several carefully glued and cleated cracks, and at least one re-glued back brace. However, at this point all is well, and apparently has been for many years. The finish is bright, the action is fast and comfortable (a hair under 3/32” at the 12th fret low E), and of course it has the remarkable resonance which decades of music creates. So what we have here is a great-playing 1960s Gibson, a really classic music machine which can bang with the banjos or just keep the porch warm for decades to come. And, of course, the sound is pure Vintage Gibson!

The included hard shell case is probably not original, but it is obviously in very good shape. The somewhat tarnished hardware all works fine, and the plush interior fits the LG shape perfectly. Basically a modern five-ply hard shell case, it offers great protection and of course is an appropriate complement for this vintage instrument.

Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.

I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Hopefully you have read this deunsafeion carefully and checked out the pictures. Its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.

Thank you for your interest in this very cool guitar.

Year Condition Color Case
1969 Very Good Natural Hard


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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 FREE; 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.