The Gibson LG-1 was produced between 1942 and 1968, with a small break during World War 2, and was one the starting point for small bodied acoustics guitars in the Gibson range for much of that time. This 1948 Gibson LG-1 is a fantastic example of a '40s Gibson, often considered the companies golden era for build quality and sound. This LG-1 is from the first production year to feature the gold block font headstock logo, and is constructed from a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, with a triple bound body and teardrop celluloid pickguard.
These guitars feature the ladder braced design introduced post war on this model. Although not traditionally considered as resonant or characterful as X braced models, there are plenty of wonderful sounding ladder braced guitars to be found from the '40s, '50s and '60s, and this is certainly one of them. The guitar has plenty of volume and a rootsy, woody tone that is a perfect example of how good vintage Gibson acoustics can sound. The neck profile is a comfortable, with the more rounded, low profile full 'C' on models from this period, and is more playable and comfortable than the chunky 'V' shapes found in the pre-war period.
This guitar is in very good condition for an instrument of its age, with all the signs of play wear you would expect. There appear to have been no serious repairs or breaks, although there is some play wear and lacquer wear visible around the pickguard. The guitar is original with the exception of the tuner buttons, which have been replaced.