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1960 Gibson LG-3 Vintage Acoustic Guitar X-Braced Natural w/ Case, LG-2


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Up for sale, a 1960 Gibson LG-3 in excellent condition. Having received all the maintenance due a guitar of this vintage including a neck reset and carved bone nut and saddle, 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 strummer with a woody, percussive cut, the treble strings have lots of punch and body, while the wound strings offer a focused and taut low-midrange fullness and have more lower bass frequency response than most. 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 slender C profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood with the larger, medium jumbo-sized frets first used by Gibson late in the '50s. The frets show only light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 7. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock face retains the original truss rod cover and gold Gibson silkscreen, and the open-gear strip tuners are intact and turn smoothly.

On the top, the original Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, sitting 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. Visible through the soundhole, the R-prefix factory order number is intact on the heel block, and a 11-5-60 date is written on the back center seam.

The original Natural nitro lacquer finish is accented by the thin transparent red tortoise pickguard. There is pick wear across the strum path, both above the soundhole and between the pickguard and bridge, with a couple of the usual repaired splits along the bass-side pickguard edge on either side of the soundhole. There is one very slight repaired split at the bass-side waist on the back, and a 1/4” input jack hole plugged with matching mahogany and a dot of touchup on the treble-side lower bout. Wear is otherwise limited to light buckle rash central to the back and various minor dings and scuffs on the body as a whole consistent with decades of careful use. The neck exhibits palm wear through the nitro gloss on the bass-side profile shoulder, with just a few shallow marks on the profile length.