Up for sale, a 1958 Gibson LG-1 in excellent, well-maintained condition, complete with the original faux alligator chipboard case. A golden age Gibson, this LG-1 features a substantial late '50s C-shaped neck profile carve, solid ladder braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back, sides and one-piece neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge.
This guitar offers ample projection and a woody, percussive cut. There’s an immediacy and balance to the overarching sound, with trebles that are sparkling and airy, while the bass register is taut and smooth. When digging in hard with a flatpick, the instrument delivers a distinctive growl, and the instrument is well-voiced for fingerpicking too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and featherweight at 3lbs 13oz, this LG-1 features comfortable action and fresh 12-53 strings.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a proper “baseball bat” C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 9th. On the extremely dark and tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact, with wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains a clean gold Gibson silkscreen and original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines with replacement white buttons.
The guitar benefits from a professional neck reset, and the Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, fitted with a modern carved bone saddle that has good height for future adjustment. The pickguard is a replacement cut from single-ply black plastic to the correct size and thickness. The guitar also has a new carved ebony endpin, and the endpin hole has been slightly enlarged to accommodate a 1/4” jack (no pickup is installed at this time). The T-prefix Factory Order Number is boldly stamped on the heel block, and the LG-1 model stamp is present too, both of which are visible through the soundhole.
The original Sunburst gloss finish exhibits prominent tight lacquer checking on top, with broader checking on the sides. There is a small repaired back crack on the bass-side lower bout, and a couple similarly slight repaired splits on top along the bass-side edge of the pickguard. Cosmetic wear otherwise includes some scuffs on the lower bout on top, light wear in the clear coat on the back (likely from contact with a strap), and some localized scratches central to the upper bout. The smooth nitro gloss is intact on the neck profile, with a few dings on the neck, mostly behind frets 3-6.
The original faux alligator tolex chipboard case is included, retaining the original latches and plastic molded handle.