This is a vintage 1949 Gibson LG 3/4 flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, FON 2136 33, is in remarkable 100% all original condition and includes the original soft case! Do not be fooled by the LG 3/4’s petite frame, as its child’s size proportions were constructed using the exact same high quality materials and superior craftsmanship as all other Gibson acoustics. Made within a year after being introduced in 1948, this is a very early example, and is one of very few to be produced during this significant period. This version is incredibly scarce and amazingly well made, so if you’ve been searching for an interesting LG 3/4, looking for a unique voicing for recording applications, or desiring a beautifully well-crafted practice or travel acoustic, this is as good as it gets.
This ’49 Gibson LG 3/4 features; a bound solid spruce top with the original 3-tone sunburst finish, bound mahogany back and mahogany sides, ladder-braced construction, a 1-piece mahogany neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 3-on-a-side “no-line” Kluson tuning machines (no visible post on the outside of the casing) with replaced buttons (as the originals disintegrated), small rectangular rosewood bridge with two pearl dots and the original black bridge pins, a tortoise pickguard, and the original GEIB soft shell carrying case!
Aside from a very minor un-repaired drying crack in between the bridge and the pickguard, that unfortunately follows up to the bottom of the fingerboard (which appears to be in the surface only and is very fine in nature) this example is a no issues guitar: Since the drying crack is not through the top, it is best-described as an unfortunate cosmetic issue at this point. Nothing has been modified, changed, broken, repaired, etc. The neck is perfectly straight, and the neck angle is surprisingly intact, which makes the guitar truly enjoyable to play. The original bridge saddle retains it’s entire factory height, so the action is correspondingly high. However, this can easily be negotiated with a simple setup, and due to the scale length, the guitar is still easy to play regardless. The original tuning machines work perfectly, and hold the guitar in tune. The original frets exhibit minimal wear, and do not need to be dressed or replaced. The neck joint is solid, with no evidence of separation or fatigue. The bridge is also perfectly intact, with no indication of lifting or bellying. All parts are original to this guitar; from the bridge pins to bracing to the nut. The guitar weighs an almost unbelievable 2 lbs. and 10 oz, which explains the utter transparency and incredibly vibrant breath with which it resonates cleanly. It is extremely good sounding and surprisingly loud despite it’s small size.