Like the 1948 LG-2 I worked on a couple years ago, this guitar has fabulous tone — it really is open, airy, loud, clear, and has tons of mids. It is also been played fairly hard and has observed lots of use, as evidenced by the “washboard” beneath the pickguard and around the soundhole. From my point of view that is an outstanding factor — it signifies it is been woken-up and is ready to go.
This came in by means of a consignor and needed some brace reglues (a couple were reglued in the previous and one “finger brace” to the side of the main X is a replacement), a fret level/dress, new nut, new tuner buttons, and a excellent setup. It really is playing spot-on with 3/32″ EA and 1/16″ DGBE action at the 12th fret and has tiny over 1/16″ saddle height left to play with — about average.
From my experience, these are rugged and practical guitars and sound tremendous on record as the sound is not mushy on the bass or also zingy on the treble. They’re balanced but have that standard Gibson reduced-mids growl that makes them exciting to flatpick the heck out of.
There is no factory order quantity or serial number inside this guitar and so dating has to be accomplished by its features — the “pinned” openback Kluson tuners, the through-saddle bridge, and the overall construct. It’s more than most likely a ’47 but could be an early ’48, too.
The top is solid spruce and, fortunately, crack-totally free. The sides have one particular, quick, 1.five” hairline crack on the treble upper bout that is been repaired and the back has a couple of hairline cracks on the decrease bout that are excellent to go (more on these, later).
This came to me with tuner buttons that have been replacements, missing, or on their way out. I snipped the remains off and put these new, black buttons on as an alternative. The nut that came with it was, apparently, original — but it was split. I made a new, bone one particular to replace it with.
The truss rod works completely and the neck is nice and straight. The nut width is 1 11/16″ and it has the usual 12″ Gibson radius on the Brazilian rosewood fretboard. This has the regular 24 3/four” scale length.
The frets are the original, smallish old Gibson sort. They have plenty of height left and feel very good, although. The dots are pearl.
It really is strung with a set of 54w, 40w, 30w, 22w, 16, 12 strings.
You have got to really like that simplified Gibson aesthetic — those plain rosettes appear wonderful.
The original bridge is in very good shape, although I did have to remove a bit of gunk/buildup from it and buff it up once again. I compensated and adjusted the original saddle’s height throughout setup. The pins are old black plastic ones (that came with it) that almost certainly aren’t original but appear about correct.
Note also how the treble-side pearl dot (which hides the bolts Gibson used on their bridges) has a tiny chip-out.
The prime has a quite tiny amount of “doming” under the bridge — as opposed the curled/wave-style belly noticed behind the bridge on other tends to make. This is really normal and nothing to be concerned about. I’ve never noticed an old Gibson that does not have it.
In these images you can actually see the old climate-check/crackle effect that Gibson finishes have a tendency to obtain. The strong mahogany back looks wonderful, by the way.
Exactly where the glare stops you can see an old, longer (four-five”) hairline crack and then one on the other side of center from it. I could not for the life of me find these on the inside to cleat them (sometimes the wood is only so open) but they are glued and sealed.
The endpin is a matching black plastic 1 I had in my components-bins.
It comes with a hard, molded, TKL case.Antebellum Instruments