If you’re looking for a fantastic vintage blues guitar, this is where your search ends! The Gibson LG-1 is one of the great flattops – practically made for the blues. The combination of smaller body and ladder-bracing limit unwanted sustain, providing the tighter, more controlled tone you want for the blues, (or jazz, too).
The LG-1 has got the blues covered
The serial number dates our LG-1 to November, 1963, just when the Beatles were getting their first ever exposure on American television. Over fifty years ageing of the hand-selected Spruce top and Honduran Mahogany back & sides has beautifully enriched the guitar’s tone –check out our soundfile! Strumming, fingerstyle or slide, the LG-1 has got the blues covered. (Of course you can play whatever music you want on your LG-1 – it’s a fully hand-built Gibson, so you know it’ll handle pretty much anything you want to throw at it)
In Excellent condition throughout, the guitar has clearly been well looked after in its half century of life, and even comes with its original alligator pattern case! (See pic # 7) As with most LG-1s, (and many other Gibson acoustics produced between 1962 and 1964/65), the original plastic bridge has been professionally replaced with a proper Rosewood bridge – possibly by Gibson, as many did make it back there for the highly desirable upgrade – plus a hand-cut, compensated bone saddle. The killer action is probably a hair on the low side of medium – i.e., perfect!
Exactly the right amount of wear
Also perfect is the particularly nice Sunburst finish*. Almost Black at the top, the ’burst is perfectly graduated down the body, with very few blemishes to show for over five decades of use. Completely crack-free, there’s just a couple of touched-up scuffs below the bridge, (shown right and pic # 7), along with a scattering of light belt-buckle indents on the back. In other words, this is a real beauty, exhibiting exactly the right amount of wear to let you know she’s “been around”, but not “run around”.
Rounded-C profile neck
The full-scale neck features a comfortably small, rounded-C profile, (similar to a 1958 Les Paul), with a nut width of 1-11/16” / 43.5mm. The dark Rosewood board is in perfect condition, as are the frets, (see pic # 5). Mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Kluson Deluxe nickel tuners, tortoise-pattern scratchplate and front & rear binding complete the package.
FREE COURIER DELIVERY
As mentioned earlier, this fantastic slice of Gibson history even comes in its original alligator pattern case, and is ready to play the minute it arrives on your doorstep. As with all Just Guitars instruments, FREE COURIER DELIVERY is included to any address in Australia. ($100 airfreight to New Zealand, $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries)
*The fine Sunburst finish makes this model almost identical to the second of two LG-1s played by Elvis Presley. Presley’s guitarist, Red West also used an LG-1, as did famous producer/musician Mitch Easter. More recent LG-1 players include Billy Bragg, Luther Dickinson, (Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars), and Pete Anderson, (Dwight Yoakam Band), while Bob Dylan had two LG-1s custom built by Gibson in 2006, hoping the smaller-bodied guitars might help alleviate the stress of his now crippling arthritis