Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson LG-1 in exceptional, well-maintained condition, complete with a premium modern hardshell 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.
Extremely lively with tons of projection and a detailed sparkling cut that belies its body size, this LG-1 offers clear, airy trebles, while the wound strings are taut and barking, with a sweet underlying growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and featherweight at 4lbs, 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 .905" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dynamic cut of this rarified tonewood, with arching grain on the bass side and an ebony stripe running down the center. One of the first LGs to feature factory medium jumbo fretwire (previous years had very slender fretwire), these frets have ample meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2 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 stock 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 original extremely dark red tortoise pickguard sits flush with the top on all edges. The S-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 is particularly rich and vibrant, and there is just one very short repaired split between the soundhole and treble-side fretboard extension. The guitar is very well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to some small dings in the black of the Sunburst on the lower bout on top consistent with light, careful use, and some additional minor marks on the mahogany rims and at the treble-side waist on the back.
A premium modern black tolex hardshell case with green crushed velvet interior is included.