The Gibson LG-12 was made in very limited quantities from 1967-1973 and didn’t even appear in the Gibson total shipping records until 1970. A bit smaller than the J series, it’s 40 ¾” long, 11” at the upper bout, 9 1/2 “ at the waist, 14 1/8” at the lower bout, and 4” deep, making it extremely easy to handle for a 12-string.
We would guess it was designed more for the coffee house folk music scene of the 1960’s than the bluegrass stage, but it has enough carrying power for any application.
The LG-12 features a solid spruce X-braced top with mahogany back and sides in a light natural finish, a rosewood large belly bridge with an adjustable saddle, an 12/18-fret rosewood finger board with a 24 ¾” scale and dot inlay, a multi-ring sound hole rosette, and a single-bound top. The three-piece mahogany neck ends in a mahogany headstock with no peghead veneer, six-on-a-strip Kluson Deluxe tuners, and the Gibson script logo.
And of course it has the big sound for which vintage Gibsons have been famous for decades. Despite the rather plain general appearance, the X-braced spruce top makes it pretty close to a 12-string version of the B-25 or the acclaimed LG-3
This guitar is serial number 951xxx which dates it around 1970 — 50 years of making music. Considering its age, it’s in pretty good shape - a few dings & marks as expected, some dulling of the finish, but no breaks, cracks or repairs. The bridge was recently correctly reglued by pro guitar tech Leo Bagnall in Newcastle.
The fret board is in good shape, and frets are generally decent overall apart from some wear in the lower frets. There is no pickup & the guitar weighs 4.8 lbs
In other words, it looks like what it is - a great Gibson guitar which has been playing the hard-driving music for which it was made. And, of course, playing the music for almost fifty years has made this one sound even better, more resonant, and more powerful.
The Gibson LG-12 originally came with a fairly low quality chipboard case, which is long gone, So this one comes as is – without a case.