Up for sale, a 1954 Gibson LG-2, honestly played and professionally maintained, complete with the original chipboard case. This LG-2 features 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.
A miniature cannon with incredible projection and power, this LG-2 benefits from decades of use, with a top that has been worked-in to perfection, offering the kind of dynamic response and tonal breadth that a new guitar simply can’t replicate. Sound simply leaps from the guitar, with a bold, detailed bass register that holds together well with vigorous strumming. The midrange has a balanced, woody quality, and individual notes within a chord are notably clear, while the trebles are snappy and punchy. Featherweight at 3lbs 12oz, we've had this LG-2 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 strings, dialed in for comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a proper "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been refretted with vintage-spec slender fretwire, currently only showing light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has been upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face retains the original truss rod cover and gold Gibson silkscreen, and the headstock is fitted with a modern set of Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners.
On the top, the stock 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 carved and compensated bone saddle has also been installed with good height, and the guitar benefits from a professional neck reset. Action sits at 7/64" on the bass side at the 12th fret, and 5/64" on the treble side. Visible through the soundhole, the X-prefix factory order number is intact on the heel block, dating to 1954.
The original Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is present, framed by the original small teardrop-shaped tortoise pickguard (1954 is the last year for this feature). There are numerous repaired cracks on the top, mostly on the treble-side, all professionally addressed and stable. The back and sides are crack-free save for a single slender repair on the back on the treble-side lower bout. Cosmetic wear additionally includes heavy strum wear across the soundhole, and various nicks and scuffs consistent with use on the body as a whole. The original nitro gloss is present on the profile length, with various shallow marks that don’t distract the palm while fretting.
The original black chipboard case is included, retaining the Gibson badge on the case pocket, with functional latches and the original handle.