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Gibson LG-0, LG-1, LG-2 / LG-2 3/4, LG-3

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 37

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalogue. Page 37. Details of the LG-0, LG-1, LG-2 / LG-2 3/4, LG-3 flat top acoustic guitars. This was the final catalog appearance of the LG-2 and LG-3 which were replaced by the Gibson B25.

1962 US zone 1 prices were as follows: LG-0 $85; LG-1 $105; LG-2 and LG-2 3/4 $115; LG-3 $127.50

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 37: Gibson LG-0, LG-1, LG-2 / LG-2 3/4, LG-3 flat top acoustic guitars
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Vintage 1949 Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar VG Nice!

Vintage 1949 Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar VG Nice!

Lubbock, Texas, 794**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1949 Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar==VG 7 / 10 condition with scratches / dings / finish checking but NO cracks or breaks -- tuners are not original==Straight neck, frets 90%, action is very good at just over 3 / 32" 12th fret low E and just under 3 / 32" high E -- 1 5 / 8" nut width, medium-chunky C profile==Sounds great==Includes non-original chipboard case==
If you are considering a purchase, please take a minute and read our feedback !!!
We strive to achieve 5 star service !! ... more
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Gibson LG-1 1955 - Sunburst Parlor Acoustic

Gibson LG-1 1955 - Sunburst Parlor Acoustic

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a Gibson LG-1 1955 - Sunburst Parlor Acoustic in Good Condition!
This is a great example of a timeless classic that continues to please those players who choose to gig with them!
A considerable amount of restoration work has been done to this acoustic and it really has been restored to it's original glory! Here is a list of all the work done which can also be seen in the last photo of the listing:
Guitar refrettedrestored to correct bracingReglued back lower bout and ... more
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1957 Gibson LG-3 Natural

1957 Gibson LG-3 Natural

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a stunning and exceptionally clean 1957 Gibson LG-3 in its original natural finish. Spruce top w / mahogany back sides, X braced top, chunky 50s neck profile, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, large tort pickguard and Kluson single line tuners. This example is in incredible condition less some small spots of finish checking and a small area of finish wear on the tip of the face of the headstock on the treble side. The tuner gears are original however the buttons appear ... more
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1959 Gibson LG-2 3 / 4  w /  1950s gator case

1959 Gibson LG-2 3 / 4 w / 1950's gator case

Maryville, Tennessee, 378**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Gibson LG-1 1964 Acoustic Guitar 423645 All Original w Case See Below Will Ship

Gibson LG-1 1964 Acoustic Guitar 423645 All Original w Case See Below Will Ship

Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Gibson LG-1 Sunburst early 1960s Acoustic Guitar Vintage Beautiful with Case

Gibson LG-1 Sunburst early 1960's Acoustic Guitar Vintage Beautiful with Case

Troy, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage from what I can tell is possibly a 1964 Gibson LG-1 Acoustic, small body guitar. It has a sunburst finish with the original finish that has some cracking as per usual with these old guitars. The neck seems in good condition and the action is very easy to play with. The bridge could use some work but it does tune up well and can play great. There is a slight bow in the center by the bridge as you can see in pics but seems to be very strong still. Comes with the case we got it ... more
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1963 Gibson LG-0 - Wide Neck

1963 Gibson LG-0 - Wide Neck

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1963 Gibson LG-0. One of the best sounding of this model I??ve had

For those not familiar with the LG Family in Guitars, the basic differences are that the LG-2 an LG-3 are X-braced, while the LG-0 and LG-1 are ladder braced. This refers to the pattern of the bracing under the top of the guitar. The ladder braced guitars have braces that simply run in straight lines across the top. Visually, it looks like steps in a ladder, which is why it gets the name. X braced guitars are ... more
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Gibson LG-1 1951 - Natural

Gibson LG-1 1951 - Natural

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is the best sounding LG-1 I've ever owned. A level of richness and warmth not usually attainable with Gibson's ladder-braced guitars. This one's hard to put down. Plays effortlessly. Refinished a long time ago to natural. Not an absolute flawless job but is still very attractive with a great vintage look / vibe. Scratches, dings and some repaired cracks typical of a well-loved 70 year old Gibbie
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1962 Gibson LG-1 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1962 Gibson LG-1 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Sunburst w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson LG-1 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a padded softshell case. A golden age Gibson, this LG-1 features a solid ladder braced spruce top, solid Honduran mahogany back, sides and a one-piece neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge
Extremely lively with tons of projection and a detailed sparkling cut that belies its body size, this LG-1 offers trebles that are equal parts punchy and airy, while the wound strings are taut... more
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Rare Vintage 1954 Gibson LG 3 / 4 Acoustic Guitar Excellent Condition

Rare Vintage 1954 Gibson LG 3 / 4 Acoustic Guitar Excellent Condition

Santa Barbara, California, 931**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a rare vintage 1954 Gibson LG 3 / 4 acoustic guitar. Excellent original condition with original case. Some finish scratches on back, with replaced tuners. Original tuners are included. This Gibson guitar is a great find for any collector or musician looking for a unique vintage guitar. The guitar has been well-maintained over the years, and its sound is still as clear and crisp as ever. With its beautiful design and excellent craftsmanship, this guitar is sure to be a great ... more
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1959 Gibson LG-0 LGO Lg-O Original Survivor

1959 Gibson LG-0 LGO Lg-O Original Survivor

Westfield, New York, 147**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Wow what a survivor. Beautiful condition with original case. I don't know what to say how could  you not love this guitar? Any questions please ask. If you're local come take a look give her a strum
If you're interested message me if you're a few hours away delivery may be possible
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Gibson 1967 LG-1 Vintage Sunburst Acoustic Guitar [Very Good] with Case

Gibson 1967 LG-1 Vintage Sunburst Acoustic Guitar [Very Good] with Case

Mississauga, Ontario, L5M***, CANADA

C $4295

++Photos shown are images of the actual product(s), and the exact product(s) will be shipped. The photos are taken deliberately to provide the exact representation of the product(s). We do NOT accept returns, so please check the pictures thoroughly for confirmation of condition ++

Gibson LG-1 1967 in Sunburst finish
Guitar has been stored safely in the case (not original case) for a long time. Guitar was setup, cleaned, and strings were replaced (11-52) in January 2022 at a ... more
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1958 Gibson LG3 Acoustic in Natural finish
Fantastic late '50's Gibson LG3. In good condition throughout. Mah gany back and sides. Classic '50's profile Mah gany neck with a 12?? radius R sewood fingerboard. The frets are in excellent shape and show no pitting, just minor wear. There is a couple of splits that have been professionally repaired at the back and a repaired separation in the middle ... more
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Gibson LG 1 1960??s Classic Blues Guitar With Real Mojo.

Gibson LG 1 1960??s Classic Blues Guitar With Real Mojo.

Wolverhampton, WV4***, UNITED KINGDOM


Gibson LG 1 1960??s.

Great looking guitar some serious mojo.

It??s seen plenty of action as you can see from the photos but if you want that classic look. This is the guitar.

Plays and sounds superb. Stays in tune forever.
Professionally set up redressed frets.

New braces inside so it??s really solid.

Some repairs have been done on the back but it still looks amazing.

This is a true classic vintage blues guitar. Perfect ... more
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1961 Gibson - LG-0 - Brazilian Rosewood - ID 2997

1961 Gibson - LG-0 - Brazilian Rosewood - ID 2997

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


Made in Kalamazoo
Zustand: Gut
SerNr: 11654
Gewicht: 1, 8 kg Versandklasse: Standard
Koffer / Case: ja, Maton
Dokumente: Cites
Vermittlungsverkauf: 15480
1961er Gibson, gebaut in Kalamazoo Michigan USA
Das Griffbrett und die Brücke bestehen aus Brazillian Rosewood, das gelbe Cites liegt bei
Tolle Vintage Optik. Der Gurtpin am Body fehlt
Body aus Mahagony
Natural Finish
Mahagony Neck
Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
20 Frets
no Cutaway
Maton ... more
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1959 Gibson LG1 Acoustic in Sunburst

1959 Gibson LG1 Acoustic in Sunburst



1959 Gibson LG1 Acoustic in Sunburst
Here we have for sale a 1959 Gibson LG1 in partially refinished condition.
The back of the neck and parts of the body have been refinished.
New tuners and a repaired split on the back of the body.
Nice comfortable little player
42mm neck and a weight of 4 24 pounds or 1 9 kilos
Comes with a later plastic case
Customers please note that returns purchased ... more
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1967 Gibson LG-0 Acoustic Guitar - Vintage - OHSC

1967 Gibson LG-0 Acoustic Guitar - Vintage - OHSC

Edinburgh, EH7***, UNITED KINGDOM


1967 Gibson LG-0 in excellent condition for its years. This is an extremely fun guitar to play and you??ll find it hard to put down. The playability and tone from this little Gibson really takes you by surprise, and I guarantee the new owner will be extremely happy. It has a lovely open tone that you only really get from a vintage guitar. No breaks or repairs. Medium low action, with room to go down lower if required, and the frets are in good shape too. Original case is included

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Gibson LG1 6 String Acoustic Guitar 1952 Reg Z 880 32 With Tatty Gibson Case! 

Gibson LG1 6 String Acoustic Guitar 1952 Reg Z 880 32 With Tatty Gibson Case! 



Gibson LG1 6 String Acoustic Guitar 1952 Reg Z 880 32 With Tatty Gibson Case!. I am starting to sell a few of my collection of musical instruments, mainly Acoustic Guitars My hands are giving up the ghost and it is time to pass the instruments on to someone that will enjoy playing these wonderful guitars I have had the Gibson for a long time and it has only been out the house once. The case was bought in the condition as seen in the photo's and I was told it was an original Gibson Case. It has ... more
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Gibson Lg1  (1958)

Gibson Lg1 (1958)

Bewdley, DY12***, UNITED KINGDOM


Gibson Lg1 (1958).

Fantastic vintage Gibson in great condition for being 64 years old. I bought this guitar three years ago but can??t bring myself to take it out gigging as it would kill me if I damaged or lost it. It??s absolutely perfect for sitting in the studio or on the sofa writing songs and would be amazing to record with.
It has a crack at the bottom of the pickguard that has been repaired with a cleat that was already there when I bought the guitar and is very ... more
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Gibson vintage LG-3 Acoustic Guitar 1961 .. Brilliant sound w deluxe Hardcase

Gibson vintage LG-3 Acoustic Guitar 1961 .. Brilliant sound w deluxe Hardcase

Murwillumbah, NSW, 2***, AUSTRALIA

AU $8290

++ GIBSON LG-3 Vintage Acoustic Guitar w deluxe as new H / case ++
COLLECTORS ITEM Serial No. # Q 37219 Serial No : Q 37219Model : LG-3 AcousticYear of Manufacture : 1961Body Materials - Soundboard : Solid natural spruce Neck : Mahogany Fingerboard : EbonyBack & Sides : MahoganyStyle : Steel string Spanish body ... more
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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional