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Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar

The Gibson LG-1 was an immensely popular small-body flat top guitar. Between 1948, the year of it's first production in the Gibson Kalamazoo plant, and it's withdrawal in 1968, it sold close to 60000 units. A similar model, the LG-0 did actually sell more guitars in individual years, though with a shorter production run, it sold less in total.

1966 Gibson catalogue

From the 1966 Gibson catalogue

Top value and low price make this Gibson flat top a popular seller. Quality materials and expert craftsmanship combine to produce it's fine responsive tone and rich sunburst finish

Model Gibson LG-1
Available 1948-1968
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Spruce top, mahogany back and sides with Sunburst nitrocellulose finish. 19" long, 14 1/4" wide, 4 1/2" deep.
Neck One piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. 20 frets
Hardware Kluson Deluxe MH-301V closed gear tuning keys

Although it sold well throughout, it did particularly well in the mid 1960s; the peak year was 1965 with sales of 7839 - though well under the sales of the LG-0. 1964 and 1966 were also high selling years. The 1965 price was $125 (USA zone 1), compared to $105 for the LG-0.

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Jerry Mallonee Comment left 15th January 2017 14:02:03 reply
I have a Gibson LG1 - Deluxe - Serial #218967 If a new guitar is at 100% - this one is 95% - perfect condition - a little checking in the varnish due to age - Can you help me with the value and where I might sell it Thanks so much! Jerry Mallonee