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 many players like for the blues or jazz. While we can’t be absolutely sure of its build year, we know it’s from the early 50s, and probably 1951.
Almost 70 years ageing of the select spruce top and Honduran mahogany back & sides has beautifully enriched the guitar’s tone. Strumming, finger style or slide, the LG-1 has got the blues covered. Of course you can play whatever music you want on an LG-1 – it’s a fully hand-built Gibson, so you know it’ll handle pretty much anything you want to throw at it.
This one is in player grade condition. It has had a few changes in its lifetime including a replacement bridge and tuners. And it’s got some battle scars, but structurally all seems good. The top is pretty clean and straight – no belly bulge, and the bridge intonates well now. Original nitro lacquer is ageing nicely.
The action is good, and the neck is comfortable in all positions. Frets have probably been replaced at some point and are showing little wear. Truss rod works fine.
The full-scale neck features a comfortably small, rounded-C profile, with a nut width of 1-11/16” / 43.5mm. The dark Rosewood board is in great condition. Mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Grover tulip tuners, tortoise-pattern pick guard and front & rear binding complete the package.
The fine sunburst finish makes this model almost identical to an early LG-1 played by Elvis Presley. 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.
Comes in a quality padded foam gig case in good condition.