Gibson LG-0 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962)

Gibson  LG-0 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1962)

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Gibson LG-0 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 55571, natural lacquer finish, mahogany body, top and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator grain chipboard case.

This is a superb and all-original example of Gibson's least expensive flat-top from the 1960s, the LG-0. Intended for students, it features all mahogany construction with a tortoise celluloid-bound solid mahogany top and ladder bracing. This early '60s example still has the traditional small rectangular wooden bridge, replaced not long after with the dreaded bolt-on plastic bridge unit. Fittings are as simple as possible; the black plastic pickguard is screwed to the top, and the tuners are the plainest Waverly strip units with plastic buttons.

This 1962 example has wide, flatter neck profile and 1 11/16" fingerboard at the nut common to the early '60s Gibsons that most players prefer to the post-'65 style narrow nut. The LG-0 is about as simple as a Gibson ever got, but true to the company's intentions, still a great-playing and surprisingly good-sounding little guitar.
 
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This guitar is super clean overall, with almost no play wear and only some very light checking. The only oddity is what appears to be a factory-filled screwhole for the pickguard in the top a bit too far forward, where a worker must have misjudged the spacing. Gibson's quality control in 1962 was not bothered by it, apparently! The guitar remains all original except for a newer bone saddle (the original was plastic) and is a very good-playing, especially nice-sounding example of this most basic of all Gibsons. Includes the original alligator-grain chipboard case, missing the handle but otherwise very solid. Excellent + Condition.