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1946 Gibson LG-2 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Sunburst, X-Braced w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1946 Gibson LG-2 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case. A well-maintained and stunning-sounding golden age Gibson, this LG-2 benefits from a recent professional neck reset, fitted with a tall carved and compensated bone saddle. Features include a solid X-braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back, sides, and one-piece neck with a proper "baseball bat" profile carve, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge.

An absolute cannon with projection to spare, this LG-2 fills a room with a single strum, yielding a sound that is both rich and nuanced. Very balanced and detailed, the wound and plain strings have equal presence. The trebles have a round, punchy quality with a sparkling snap, while the wound strings have astounding breadth and depth. Offering a high volume ceiling while also yielding a touch of compression and woody bark when digging in hard with a flatpick, this LG-2 is also very sympathetic to fingerpicking, delivering the kind of open, worked-in sound that only comes with time and careful use.  Featherweight at 3lbs 8oz, this LG-2 has been professionally setup with fresh 12-53 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a substantial “baseball bat” C-shaped profile carve with ample shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, and yet the depth of this particular profile is fractionally more slender than many Gibson acoustics from the late '40s. The profile measures .885" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the stock slender banjo fretwire, which has good meat considering the fret size, and the frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 (and similarly light wear into the rosewood in this area). The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face retains the original truss rod cover and gold Gibson script text, and the original open-gear strip tuners are intact, still functioning smoothly.

The original Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, sitting flush with the spruce on all edges, with very minimal deflection of the top on the lower bout. A new tall carved and compensated bone saddle has been installed, and the neck has been professionally reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle and viable for decades to come. Action sits at 7/64" on the bass side at the 12th fret, and 5/64" on the treble side. There is no Factory Order Number on the heel block, not uncommon for a Wartime or Post-War Gibson acoustic.

The original Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, accented by the original transparent red tortoise pickguard which sits flush on all edges with minimal shrinkage. The instrument exhibits prominent finish checking on the body as a whole, and the top is crack-free. There is one long professional crack repair along the treble-side of the back, heavy strum wear on both sides of the soundhole, and light finish loss on the back bass-side upper bout edge. Wear is otherwise limited to the minor dings and scuffs consistent with honest use.

The original brown chipboard case is included, complete with functional latches and the original molded handle.