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1959 Gibson LG-0 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Mahogany w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson LG-0 in excellent, crack-free condition, complete with a hardshell case. This LG-0 has slender and tall braces that allow it to really sing and project, and the guitar also benefits from a hand-carved nut and compensated bone saddle, increasing the definition, dynamic response, and treble detail. The guitar delivers a clear, open sound with a particularly brilliant, percussive quality. The instrument offers ample treble sparkle, a sweet lower midrange growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick, and plenty of clarity on the wound strings. This Gibson is the perfect stage or studio secret weapon, featherweight at 3lbs 14oz and professionally setup with very easy-playing, low action and fresh 12-53 bronze strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The neck carve is very representative of later ’59, not as burly as some necks from late in the decade, yet still retaining plenty of meat. The profile is a round C shape, medium depth at the nut with more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat and show virtually no wear. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, notable for retaining the wider (and more widely favored) Gibson nut width used until early '65. On the headstock, the gold Gibson silkscreen is intact, and the original open-gear strip tuners with white buttons turn smoothly.

While this guitar came from the factory with a small rectangular bridge, a larger Gibson-style "belly up" rosewood bridge has been installed, and this design is more favorable for the top, keeping the soundboard flat and limiting any untoward caving or deflection. The neck has been reset in the guitar's lifetime, and the new carved saddle has good height. The ladder braces are all in great shape too, and the LG-0 stamp is visible through the soundhole.

The original nitro lacquer gloss finish is accented by a clean black pickguard, with pick wear beyond the edge of the guard on the treble side of the body. Honestly played, this LG-0 shows various scuffs, nicks, and finish scratches on the body as a whole, with wear largely relegated to the back and sides. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is clean and smooth, free of palm wear.

A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.