Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson LG-3, professionally setup and complete with the original chipboard case. Having received all the maintenance due a guitar of this vintage, this LG-3 features a solid X-braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back, sides, and one-piece neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge. With a coveted combination of tonewoods and a bold, expressive sound to match, this LG-3 delivers the goods.
A miniature cannon with incredible projection and rich bass register growl, this LG-3 fills a room with a single strum with a sound that is both warm and clear. An extremely satisfying and crisp-sounding instrument, the treble strings have lots of punch and body, with sparkle and cut to spare, while the wound strings offer great low-midrange fullness. 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 honest use. Featherweight at 3lbs 14oz, 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 quintessential hearty baseball bat C shape, offering tons of shoulder and substance with a very inviting feel, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has the larger, medium jumbo-sized frets first used by Gibson late in the '50s, and the frets show only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2, playing cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The guitar features a 24 3/4" scale length, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face retains the original truss rod cover and gold Gibson silkscreen, and the guitar features the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines with new white buttons.
On the top, the original Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, sitting flush with the top on all edges with sparingly little deflection of the top. A new tall 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. There is a repaired split across the neck heel, and a tiny amount of touchup on either side of the heel post-reset. Visible through the soundhole, the LG-3 stamp is present inside the body, and the S-prefix factory order number is intact on the heel block.
The original Natural nitro lacquer finish is intact, accented by the thin transparent red tortoise pickguard. There is broad lacquer checking extending across the body, and two slight and professionally addressed cracks on the bass-side edge of the pickguard on either side of the soundhole. The back and sides are crack-free, and cosmetic wear includes some scattered marks on top, mostly clustered between the soundhole and bridge, and various nicks and scuffs on the instrument as a whole consistent with honest use.
The original chipboard case has a clean black exterior, red plush interior, stock latches and functional handle.