This is a vintage 1945 Gibson LG-2 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular banner model example, FON 642, is in excellent all original condition and includes an original cloth strap! With absolutely no issues whatsoever, and an original well-preserved finish, this small body x-braced acoustic sounds absolutely fantastic. If not for superficial pick wear around the scratch plate, this guitar would be considered a strong 9+/10, and it still a very well-preserved specimen. Famous for being beautifully musical, this LG-2 conforms with those described as being just amazing sounding instruments.
This ’45 Gibson LG-2 features: a bound spruce top with the original 3-tone sunburst finish, bound mahogany back and mahogany sides, 1-piece mahogany neck with truss rod, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, a Gibson script headstock logo with banner graphic, 3-on-a-side open back Kluson tuning machines with original plastic buttons, small-profile rectangular rosewood bridge with two pearl dots and the original black bridge pins, a tortoise pickguard, and the refined x-braced construction.
Not only is this guitar cosmetically very clean, but it is structurally perfect. The beautiful original finish is surprisingly quite sheen, with an immense amount of original luster. There isn’t evidence of a loose brace, a lifting bridge, a slightly warping neck, the smallest seam separation, or the tiniest pickguard crack. There is nothing physically wrong nor not original with this guitar. Though there are no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications, there is some slight evidence of finish wear on the back of the neck, as well as, around the pickguard.
For some, condition is quite important, for others, structural integrity is key, but for everybody, tone is held in highest regard. And for all who care, this guitar couldn’t sound any better. With a nut width that measures nearly 1 3/4″, a large profile D-shape neck, a perfectly flat Spruce top, and a pristine neck angle, it would be difficult to imagine a better playing, better sounding example. It is clear, balanced, and robust, with a voicing that will out perform some of the best pre-war Gibon jumbos when in front of a microphone. The original frets exhibit only the most superficial of playing wear, which enable effortless and highly comfortable action.