Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson LG-1 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a padded softshell case. A golden age Gibson, this LG-1 features a solid ladder braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back, sides and a 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 trebles that are equal parts punchy and airy, while the wound strings are taut and barking, with a sweet underlying growl when digging in hard with a flatpick. The sound is detailed and rich, with a certain immediacy that lends itself to exceptional articulation and a responsive feel. Featherweight at 3lbs 11oz, this LG-1 benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and ideal action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a fast-feeling, slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a notably dark cut of this tonewood, retaining the original medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height, exhibiting moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, with wear growing fainter until fret 5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the original nylon nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock retains the original set of very well-kept Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines which function smoothly.
The original Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, fitted with a tall, compensated carved bone saddle. The neck has been reset in the guitar's lifetime, meeting the body at the optimal angle, with action measuring 7/64" at the bass side and 5/64" on the treble side at the 12th fret. The thin red tortoise pickguard is a dark cut of this material, and there are two slender, professionally repaired splits along the bass-side edge of the pickguard, extremely common due to guard shrinkage. The enpin had been previously fractionally enlarged to accommodate a 1/4" endpin jack, now cleanly doweled with matching mahogany and a traditional endpin.
The original Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish exhibits broad lacquer checking on top, and tighter, lighter checking on the sides. There is one light scuff on top parallel with the bridge on the lower bout, a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, and some very light buckle worming on the back. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
A very well-padded premium softshell case is included.