1958 Gibson LG-0 Flattop Guitar

Two '58 Gibson LG-0s in at the same time is a bit exciting. Like the other one in the shop as I post this, this one is clean, crack-free, and in good order. While there's some wear and tear to the finish, it's only light scuffing and scratching here and there aside from the normal weather-check.

The necks on these late-'50s Gibsons are basically "perfect necks" -- a medium-ish C to the rear, tighter 10" radius to the board, and the classic 1 11/16" nut width. It's home base in feel for a lot of guitar players. That, combined with the woody, mids-hyped, clean voice of the ladder bracing and the mahogany top, yields a guitar perfect for fingerpickers and folk-strummers (flatpicked with a floppier pick, of course).

If you stick a mic in front of one of these and put the track in a mix, it's really hard for it to sound bad, which is one of my favorite things about them. That, and these early models with the rectangular bridge just look so cool, too.

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, new bone saddle, adjustments, setup.

Top wood: solid mahogany

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: ladder

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w, 40w, 28w, 22w, 16, 12 custom set

Neck shape: medium C

Board radius: 10"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: small/lower

Scale length: 24 11/16"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 14 1/4"

Body depth: 4 3/8"

Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz

Condition notes: it's in superb shape and all-original save the new bone saddle and possibly the bridge pins. The work is all done and it's ready to go with plenty of saddle height for later adjustment if necessary. The finish shows weather-checking and mild usewear but is overall in great shape for its age.

It comes with: an older hard case.