Up for sale, a 1957 Gibson LG-3 in excellent condition, complete with a hardshell case. The LG-3 was Gibson's highest-tiered small body acoustic offered in the '50s, and this example has a coveted combination of tonewoods and a bold, expressive sound to match. Benefitting from a professional neck reset and fitted with a tall carved bone saddle, this LG-3 features a solid X-braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back and rims, a one-piece mahogany neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge.
A miniature cannon with incredible projection, this LG-3 fills a room with a single strum, delivering 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, while the wound strings have a sweetness and breadth. The guitar has a dry, percussive cut, and woody bark when digging in hard with a flatpick, while also being very sympathetic to fingerpicking. Featherweight at 4lbs, this LG-3 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a substantial baseball bat C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .920" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender banjo fretwire, with only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 (and similar light wear into the rosewood in this area), with sparingly little wear further up the fretboard. 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 silkscreen, fitted with a set of vintage Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines that date to the mid '60s.
The original Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the spruce on all edges with sparingly little deflection of the top. 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. The original red tortoise pickguard is also intact and notably flat. Visible through the soundhole, the U-prefix factory order number is intact on the heel block.
The original Natural nitro lacquer finish exhibits broad lacquer checking on top, and concentrated heavy lacquer checking on the bass-side upper bout rim. The center seam has been repaired on top with a tiny amount of touch-up along the seam, and a short "B string crack" between the pickguard edge and bridge has also been professionally addressed. The instrument presents very well, with light buckle wear across the back, and various small nicks and finish scuffs consistent with careful use. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with light stand wear on the carve behind fret 11, and some additional small marks on the profile length.
A vintage (non-original) light-duty black tolex hardshell case is included.