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1955 Gibson LG-3 Vintage Acoustic Guitar X-Braced Natural Crack-Free w/ Case, LG-2


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Up for sale, a 1955 Gibson LG-3 in excellent, crack-free condition and in perfect working order. A well-kept and stunning-sounding golden age Gibson, this LG-3 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. Having received all the necessary maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage, this Gibson benefits from a professional neck reset and upgraded hand-carved bone nut and saddle.

A miniature cannon with incredible projection, this LG-3 fills a room with a single strum with a sound that is both warm and clear. Very balanced and detailed, the wound and plain strings have equal presence. The trebles have a round, punchy quality with a sparkling snap that’s never brittle or overly bright, while the wound strings have a sweetness and breadth. The guitar has a dry, percussive cut, and woody bark when you dig in hard with a flatpick, while also being sympathetic to fingerpicking. Gibson's highest-tiered small body acoustic offered in the '50s, this LG-3 has the kind of open, worked-in sound that only comes with time and careful use. Featherweight at 3lbs 13oz, we've had this LG-3 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, measuring .900" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood with original slender frets that have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing moderate wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-2, with lighter wear extending to fret 6. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock face retains the original truss rod cover and gold Gibson silkscreen, and the original Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners are intact and turn smoothly.

On the top, the stock Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, sitting flush with the spruce on all edges, having been shaved down fractionally in the guitar's lifetime. A new carved bone saddle has been installed, and the neck has been professionally reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle for decades of future trouble-free use. 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 W-prefix factory order number is intact on the heel block, dating to 1955.

The original Natural nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, accented by the thin transparent red tortoise pickguard which sits flush on all edges, showing some strum wear across the soundhole and extending a touch beyond the guard. There is lacquer checking across the body, tighter on top, and broader on the back and sides. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a couple small spots of very faint buckle wear on the back, and some small nicks and finish scratches from minor use on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and sides. An extra strap button hole has been cleanly filled on the neck heel, and the neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.

A modern premium black tolex hardshell case with green crushed velvet interior is included. There is one minor tolex tear on the case lid, and the latches and handle are in great shape.