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1963 Gibson LG-0 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Mahogany, w/ Upgrade Bridge & Case


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Up for sale, a 1963 Gibson LG-0 in excellent condition, with an upgraded rosewood bridge and vintage chipboard case. This LG-0 has slender and tall braces that allow it to really sing and project. In addition to the bridge upgrade (removing the bolted-on plastic bridge which came stock on this model in '63) the guitar also benefits from a hand-carved bone saddle, increasing the definition, dynamic response, and treble detail. The guitar delivers a smooth, rich sound with snappy trebles that have ideal punch and presence, and a nice lower midrange growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. This GIbson is the perfect stage or studio secret weapon, featherweight at 3lbs 12oz, professionally setup with very easy-playing, low action and fresh 12-53 bronze strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder at the nut, filling out with plenty of heft and roundness in the higher registers, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The thick Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this particular tonewood, retaining the original medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat and their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The original nylon nut is intact and 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 bolt-on plastic bridge, the guitar has been upgraded with a solid rosewood bridge and carved bone saddle, greatly increasing the power and resonance of the instrument. There is a small amount of finish touchup just forward of the footprint of the new bridge, and the saddle has modest height. The ladder braces are all in great shape too, and the LG-0 stamp is bold and visible through the soundhole.

The original nitro lacquer gloss finish is accented by a clean and original red tortoise pickguard, and there is tight, faint “shattered glass” lacquer checking across the body, with pick scuffing through the gloss just forward of the guard on the treble-side upper bout. The back has been reglued along the lower bout body edge, withe one slender repaired split on the treble-side lower bout on the back. Wear is otherwise limited to various nicks and scuffs across the body consistent with light, careful use, largely relegated to the back and sides, and just a few shallow inconsequential marks on the neck profile.

This LG-0 has a particularly big, bold voice with a nice bark and more openness than the boxier sounding LGs of the later ‘60s. Professionally setup, and featuring a rosewood bridge and upgraded saddle, this LG-0 is ready to be played.

A vintage black chipboard case with red plush interior is included. The case has functional latches and its original handle.