Vintage Guitars

 1947 Gibson LG-2

The instrument was purchased from the original owner.  He bought it new in the early 1950’s from a travelling guitar salesman who came to the camp where he was working. The guitar has been well cared for, still in the original case, with no cracks. But for the unavoidable surface checking on 70 year old nitrocellulose, pick wear, and a buckle scratch on the back, the instrument is in exceptional condition.

As with many Gibson LG-2s from this era, there is no serial number, or factory order number visible.

The features of the instrument date it at c. 1947:

  • 1 11/16” nut width (approx. year of change 1947)
  • fabric side supports (pre-1950)
  • script logo (post-1946)
  • headstock taper (pre-1950)
  • waffle-rivet tuners (pre-1948)
  • fire-stripe pickguard – very rare (early 1940s – would have been old stock discovered in the factory)


Professional repairs completed:

  • new frets
  • re-glued one leg of the x-brace
  • removed, cleaned and re-glued original bridge

 General comments:

  • truss rod 100% functional
  • original nut
  • original saddle (has had through-saddle tapered ears trimmed off at some point during a set-up)
  • no raised-belly issues
  • professionally set-up with medium action, playability is exceptional, every note plays cleanly and effortlessly
  • maple bridge plate had light wear from string ball ends – installed plate mate (100% removable) to preserve original bridge plate
  • tuning machines operate smoothly with minimal gear wear