Launched in 1942, the Gibson LG-1 served as a gateway model for the smaller body Gibson Flat top lineup. After being out of production for a few years during World War II, the post-war models were brought back with ladder braced spruce tops and a sunburst finish. These models remained a popular choice for entry-level Gibson flat tops into the 1960s until their discontinuation in 1974. A great example of a mid-1960s Gibson flat top with a smaller body is this 1965 LG-1.
The guitar is constructed from a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, along with a set Mahogany neck that that is comfortable to play, and pre-dates the skinnier neck shapes of the later '60s. The original celluloid guard has been removed at some point in the guitars life, but the original belly up plastic moulded bridge used on some Gibson models at the time is still present and correct. This guitar is a testament to how good these ladder braced, plastic bridge models can sound, with an open, balanced tone that is incredibly responsive for a ladder braced guitar, and is equally adept at finger style and flat picked playing alike.
This guitar is in good condition, with the kind of signs of age and play wear to the finish that you would expect from an instrument of this age. The cherry sunburst finish has faded out to a nice honeyed colour over time. This guitar is original and repair free, with the exception of some replacement tuner bushings.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1965 LG-1 has been given a full service by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.