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1964 Gibson LG-0 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Mahogany, w/ Upgrade Bridge & Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson LG-0 with an upgraded ebony bridge, compensated saddle and carved bone nut. 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 '64) the guitar also benefits from a compensated saddle, and these two items combined increase the definition, dynamic response, and treble detail of the instrument. The guitar delivers a smooth, rich sound with snappy trebles that have ideal punch and presence, and there's 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 11oz, professionally setup with easy-playing action and fresh 12-54 bronze strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a subtle increase in overall roundness and shoulder further up the fingerboard, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been cleanly refretted with vintage spec medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, with wear currently limited to frets 1-2. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width, a transitional width between the 1 11/16" nuts seen earlier in the model year, and the more slender nuts seen on mid-1965 LGs and beyond. On the headstock, the gold Gibson silkscreen is intact, and the original open-gear strip tuners with white buttons turn smoothly and have clean nickel plating.

While this guitar came from the factory with a bolt-on plastic bridge, the guitar has been upgraded with a carved ebony bridge and compensated saddle, greatly increasing the power and resonance of the instrument. The ladder braces are all in great shape, and the LG-0 stamp is visible through the soundhole.

The original nitro lacquer gloss finish shows tight lacquer checking, accented by the screw-on red tortoise pickguard and framed by tortoise binding. There is one very slight repaired split at the treble-side waist on the back, with additional scuffs and small nicks primarily on the back and rims, and more prominent localized wear on the lower bout rim on the treble side. The neck also retains its lightly applied nitro finish, with some shallow marks on the profile length and wear through the gloss behind frets 1-3, none of which impede playability in the slightest.

A vintage Gibson/Epiphone gray chipboard case is included. The case retains its original latches and handle, with some glue swirl on the lid from a previously removed (non-original) covering.