The Gibson LG-0 was a small body flat top acoustic guitar that immediately sold well on it's introduction in 1958, and right through the 1960s. The peak year was 1964 with over 9000 LG-0s shipped. Total production was quite remarkable, with in excess of 56000 guitars leaving the Kalamazoo, Michigan plant.
From the 1966 Gibson catalogue
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As described above, the LG-0 was aimed at entry level guitarists, and was the cheapest instrument Gibson produced. In the 1964 Gibson price list (the peak year) it is listed at just $105 (as was the TG-0 tenor guitar), whilst the LG-1 was $125. But this was still a Gibson, and therefore not that cheap. A similar all mahogany Harmony guitar, still US-built, the H165 Grand Concert was just $49.50, and they produced other student guitars for as little as $27.50. At this time the most expensive Gibson flat top was the J200N at $505. The cheapest Gibson electric was the Melody Maker at $127.50
As with many 1960s Gibson guitars, there was an Epiphone equivalent model produced side-by-side at the Kalamazoo plant, with the same construction, specifications and price point. The Epiphone equivalent model to the Gibson LG-0 was the Epiphone Caballero, which was almost identical save for headstock shape and branding.
The LG-0 was built at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory, in Michigan, USA from 1958. A total of 56360 examples left the plant in the period 1958-1974, with the peak year being 1964, with 9924 guitars shipped.
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