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Subject: New? Gibson LGO
From: Ralphie
Date: 06 May 03 - 04:09 AM

Hello All.

Have just purchased a Lovely Gibson LGO (Headstock Number 27723) and I know that this is the place to find out about it !! Have tried various Gibson Web sites, but, their numbering systems are bizarre to say the least!
Can anyone head me in the right direction?
It's Mahogany, with a tortoishell banding round the top, all the bits seem to be original, has obviously gigged a bit, so a bit of wear and tear, but, not too much.
Plays like a dream though!
And finally...What do you think it might be worth (and then I'll tell you what I paid for it!)

Thanks in advance. Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 06 May 03 - 07:18 AM

Try on the guitar newsgroups.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Ralphie
Date: 06 May 03 - 07:22 AM

Good idea...
Haldn't thought of that ! DOH!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 06 May 03 - 08:01 AM

Hi Ralphie,

I bought a Gibson LGO in the mid 1970s for £90, and sold it (with some regret) in the late '80s for £300. Inflation's cooled down a bit since then, but I'd guess that today a dealer might advertise one for around £475, but be prepared to haggle a bit over your trade-in.

I found it equally good for flat-picking or fingerstyle, song accompaniment or session-thrashing - sweet sounding when played gently, but gutsy when you really dug in. My only quibble was that the fingerboard was fairly narrow at the nut end, so in more complex pieces, my left hand fingers started getting in each other's way.

I still miss it occasionally, but I have a Lowden now ...

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: clansfolk
Date: 06 May 03 - 08:14 AM

Have just purchased a Lovely Gibson LGO (Headstock Number 27723) and I know that this is the place to find out about it !! Have tried various Gibson Web sites, but, their numbering systems are bizarre to say the least!
Can anyone head me in the right direction?
It's Mahogany, with a tortoishell banding round the top, all the bits seem to be original, has obviously gigged a bit, so a bit of wear and tear, but, not too much.
Plays like a dream though!
And finally...What do you think it might be worth (and then I'll tell you what I paid for it!)






When trying to date a Gibson guitar, take into consideration the location of the serial numbers. Acoustic guitars built before 1960 have an oval label located inside the body with the serial number printed on it. They will at times have the serial number stamped directly on the wood inside the body. Acoustic guitars during the 60's have their serial number imprinted on an orange, oval piece of paper, as well as on the back of the headstock. Newer acoustics have their serial numbers only on the back of the headstock.

My guess - made 1961

UK - c £300 - £500



If I'm right is the guitar the prize???    :-)

Pete


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Nemesis
Date: 06 May 03 - 08:15 AM

Just checked with a guitar nerd (member of a guitar forum) for you Ralphie - LGOs still available, so value depends on age and condition and history, does it have the original case etc ..
Is it pre-War? They made good guitars (worth a lot in which case) .. '70s onwards not good.. (I'm just quoting this!)

As you are in London .. take it down to "Tin Pan Alley" specifically to Hanks in Denmark Street, as it's staffed by enthusiasts they are quite likely to answer queries .. otherwise the Acoustic Centre (not in Denmark Street - you should be able to get the address through Enquiries)


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 06 May 03 - 11:34 AM

Gibson started making the LG series in 1942, starting with the LG-2. There were 4 in the series LG-0 to LG-3.
They introduced the LG-0 in 1958 and discontinued them in `74.

The serial number should give you an indication of what year the guitar was made. From `52 to `61, they used a letter, starting with Z in `52 and progressing backwards thru the alphabet to Q in 1961. After that, they went back to straight numbers again, starting with 100 in `61 and going up to over 972000 in `69. After that, in `70, they used a 6 digit number system again, and later the 6 number system with a two number prefix. I remember searching at the Gibson website and finding the serial number range for an old guitar last year. The info is there; just takes a bit of searching.

Yes, Gibson guitars suffered in the 70s and early 80s, due to problems with humidity control when they moved their plant from Kalamazoo, Mich. to Nashville. That was due to ill-advised management when the Norlin conglomerate bought out the Gibson company. Also around this time, they started building their guitars much much heavier (thicker tops, heavier bracing) to cut down on warranty work, As well, many of the skilled luthiers at the old Gibson plant chose not to stay with the company and relocate under Norlin management. Norlin seemed to figure their electric line was worth more attention at that time, I guess.

In 1985, a group of guitar enthusiast businessmen and luthiers bought out Norlin and in 1987, they purchased the Flatiron mandolin company in Bozeman, Montana. Their acoustic guitars are now built there, by very skilled craftsmen again and standards are back to what they were before the Norlin fiasco.

Anyway, those LG guitars are real beauts! I cut my teeth on my dad's old LG-1 (sadly, it's in pieces now, the headstock breaking on it, twice) and it's still my favourite guitar. The LG-1 was built as a bargain version of the LG-2, with simple ladder bracing and laminated sides, plus a few less fancy frills. I remember the top on it was bellied up quite a bit and the bridge had started lifting off and it needed a fret job, but it still played like a dream and sounded sweet as sugar. I'd sure like another Gibson LG guitar today, for songwriting, picking at home and recording, but I sure couldn't afford to buy one. Guess I'll take some measurements and have a bash at building one.   ;)

One piece of advice: Never put heavy strings on your LG-0. That was a major problem with those guitars way back when. They weren't designed for that kind of tension. Gibson always built as light as they could (thinner tops and light bracing, smaller bridges) which was what gave their guitars that "Gibson" sound that was so popular. A very different sound (and a superior one in my personal opinion) to the Martin sound. The Gibson factory saw a lot of their older guitars like the LGs coming back for repairs to tops, bridges and bracing due to the use of heavier strings by their owners. I wouldn't go any heavier than medium-lights on it to be safe.

(PS. I happen to be reading Gibson's Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars: An Illustrated History & Guide right now. That's where the info comes from)


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 06 May 03 - 11:48 AM

One more thing... I see from the above mentioned book that the LG-0 featured a mahogany top, which would emphasize more of the mid-tones. It also had ladder bracing, like the LG-1, rather than the X-bracing that the LG-2 and LG-3 had. The LG-0 also had, until the mid-60s, a spruce bridge pad which, though it worked well tonally with the mahogany top, would wear out more quickly from the pressure of the ball-ends of the strings. Gibson later started making them with mahogany. But from 1962 to 1966, Gibson was putting a "special" black plastic bridge on them which was held on by 4 bolts and flat washers from the inside. It was mainly intended to simplify repairs but caused so many other problems (cracking, less stability) it was abandoned in `66 for a rosewood bridge with an adjustable saddle.

So definitely avoid the heavy strings!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 06 May 03 - 04:27 PM

Cluin

You were right on with your knowledge of the LG instruments and it was good to see someone else who admires these wonderful guitars.

I bought my 1962 LG3 new in April 1963 as a 13 year old for the top of the line retail of $120.00. The LG3 to the LG2 is what the J50 is to the J45. Natural top vs. sunburst. I still have it and play it quite regularly. I have owned many guitars but I have never seen or experienced a more broken in top than this one. It is a dream guitar.

I also picked up an LG0 a couple of years ago from 1964 and immediately had my repair guy put on a rosewood bridge and got rid of the black plastic one. I have been using medium guage strings just fine on it which gives it more punch. It is so worth getting rid of the plastic bridge. The LG1's used them also. My brother has a 1965 one that he also had the bridge replaced on.

One note very worth mentioning. In 1963 the LG2 & LG3 were renamed the B25 and B25N (natural). Same guitar basically.

Though I find the LGs a little weak for bluegrass, they cannot be beat for small folk ensembles or solo accompianment.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Ralphie
Date: 06 May 03 - 08:13 PM

Cluin, Martin G, Hille, et al....

You Buggers on the Cat always seem to come up trumps..
Forgive me if I don't reply in earnest at the mo.
Have just come in from work (0115 am)...
Off to me bed...Nice to know that I've got a nice little baby though!!
Will digest all the info tomorrow.
Cheers all
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Hy5
Date: 06 Sep 04 - 06:09 AM

I was given my Gibson LGO as a gift in 1968. Its number on the neckstock is 200438. It is one of the most treasured possessions
I own. I was delighted to read all of the erudite submittals.

Best regards from Redondo Beach,

Hy


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LG3
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 05:18 PM


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,jukejointeddie@gmail.com
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 04:53 PM

Hi, all - Can anyone inform me about relative value of the 1966/69 LG0's ? Recently a friend of mine purchased one - mahogony back and sides - for about $850 Canadian. It's in excellent condition; it has what seems to me to be a very thin neck (about 1 1/2 - 1 and 5/8 inches at the nut). Anyway, it came with a fairly solid case, but i am not sure it's a Gibson case, although the guitar sits in it like a nesting duck... Anyway, any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks..

My name is Greg 0- I live in Ottawa, canada...


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Madeleine
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 05:48 PM

hello,

anyone who wants to know about vintage gibsons and their serial numbers may want to e-mail folkway music in guelph, ontario. they're luthiers and also buy and sell lots of old gibsons, especially the lg series. i sold them a lg2 ca. '57. i've got a '63 lg 1 i'd like to sell if anyone is interested. it's in incredible shape and even has the original faux alligator cardboard case.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 06:08 PM

The sewrial numbers I know I have seen on the gibson website. they can be tricky.

The LG0, of which I own a 1964 version can be found all over the ads in vintage guitar magazine from anywhere from $450 to $750 based on condition. the older ones with the rosewood bridge tend to go for more than the poorly made plastic bridge found in the mid 1960s. generally these guitars were all mahogany with the late sixties versions having a spruce top.

altogether Gibson made 4 versions:

Lg0 all mahogany with ladder bracing
Lg1 spruce top with ladder bracing
Lg2 spruce sunburst top with with X bracing
Lg3 spruce natural top with X bracing

These guitars are very popular still. In my 1962 gibson catalog, the LG0 was $80 and the LG3 was $120. As you can see, they have appreciated greatly because they are all solid wood made in USA and have exceptional playability.

They don't call me Mr. Gibson for nothing!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 09:37 PM

refresh for educational purposes.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Once Famous
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 05:29 PM

refresh again


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Norma S. Carpenter
Date: 26 Jun 06 - 06:48 PM

I bought my Gibson LG-O at a Tulsa, OK pawnshop in about 1966. My Dad paid $65 for it!
The serial number is 231673(3)--last number not clear.
Does anyone know how to approximate its' "birthdate" w/ this info?
I really loved the slim neck and the down-sized feel.
Sold it to a good friend in 1981 in order to purchase a great deal on a red Ovation acoustic. Hindsight being what it is, I would have loved to had BOTH...but, golly, $$$ was needed for the Ovaation purchase. I regret that I sold the LG-O, but it went to a close friend and great home. I intend to tell her about replacing the plastic bridge with a rosewood -- if it still has the plastic.
Thanks for the forum.
I see they're selling today -- excellent condition for $750 to $950.
There's currently an "Arlo Guthrie LG-2" for sale by Musician's Friend (in the states) w/ a "list price" of $2724.00, can be purchased for $1799.99. Here's copy from their catalog. "The old troubador (Woody Guthrie) wanted to be sure young Arlo got off on the right foot, so Woody gave him a real guitar with a 22-3/4 - scale V-shaped neck and small body Arlo could handle - the classic
L-oo style. Is's tone is super friendly and mellow from a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. Triple top and back binding plue a tortoise pickguard add class." There's also a "Robert Johnson L-1." List is $3373.00. Purchase price is $2199.99.
Now, if you DON'T know who Robert Johnson was, he supposedly "sold his soul to the devil" for his axe-playing talents at "The CrossRoads." All true bluesmen and women know the story. Fact is, the "location" really exists in the south. The actor Morgan Freeman co-owns a bar there.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Rusty_Brother
Date: 30 Jun 06 - 12:12 PM

I bought a 1965 LG-1 from an acquataince in 1973 for 30 pounds. Unfortunately I had to replace the original machine heads a few years ago. There are cracks in it and chipped varnish but it plays beautifully even if it was the Gibson equivalent to a guitar for beginners.

The pickguard had dropped off when I got it and I'm trying to search around for somewhere I can get one. Any ideas would be welcome.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,barryboyce
Date: 06 Jan 07 - 07:37 PM

Hey great thread here. Nice to see so many other people love these old Gibo's like I do.
I got a LG1 last year. i'd love to pinpoint the year it was made cos i'm a bit unclear.
There is no label on the inside and the serial stamped on the kneck block inside the guitar reads ' 4368 27 '. The back of the headstock reads 'Made in the USA' and the side on profile of the headstock tapers off from thick to thin. I think it's a late 40's one but not too sure. The Gibson site doesn't seem to clear up my question!
I love it this guitar.
Thanks for your reply.
B


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Bills Guitars
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 11:45 AM

Hi, this is interesting. I bought an LG0 for $125 a few years back and never quite knew what it was, just that it was cool and I had to have it. The number stamped into the back of the headstock is 062198. Seems to be all mahogany. Pick guard is missing but overall in very straight condition. Finish is worn and weatherd, neck is a little too narrow for my fat hands. Fun finger picking guitar, though. Any idea on what year ole' 062198 is? Seems to be 60's but any way to narrow that down? What might this be worth today? Great thread

Bill


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,GUEST,Joseph
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 11:07 PM

Hello, my grandfather recently gave me his 196-? LG0 for my birthday. Wow, it is a fantastic guitar. especially for blues and fingerpicking. Ive been reading all the posts and i do have the plastic bridge and will definitley replace it with the rosewood bridge instead. if you all have any other suggestions please let me know, that way I can modify this great guitar to its full potential.

by the way, the guitar is in good condition. A few scratches here and there, but what would one expect if its more that 40 yrs old?


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Joseph
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 11:09 PM

oh i almost forgot the serial number is 241822


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 12:47 AM

To guest Barry Boyce, your LG-1 guitar is a 1950. The first 4 digits indicate 1950 the next 2 digits are the sequence of that guitar in a rack of 40 guitars of that model. Guitars were made in lots of 40. The "Made in USA indicated that this guitar was intended for export. Starting in 1970 all Gibson guitars have, "Made in USA" on the back of the headstock. The tapered thickness headstock was discontinued in the mid 1950's. Your guitar will sell for 1 to 2 thousand depending on overall condition.

To guest Joseph, your LG-0 is probably 1964. I say "probably" because Gibson really made a mess out of serial numbers in the 1960's. The early LG-0's (1958-1961) bring a better price than the 1962 and newer ones. Yours is in the range of $700.00 to $1100.00 depending on condition and how bad someone wants a LG-0 with plastic bridge. A LG-0 with replaced bridge brings less from a collector standpoint but few collectors buy LG-0's.

As fluid as the market is these days my above quotes (in US dollars) could go up or down overnight.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Guest Tim
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 01:11 AM

There is a LG-0 on ebay for a buy it now price of $695.00. US dollars. It's a 1963 with a plastic bridge. Factor in shipping and insurance and it's about $750.00 here in the states. I know overseas shipping gets high.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Joseph
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:11 PM

The guitar is in fair shape. Definitley not mint cond. but also not poor. I also have the orginial case as well as the song books it came with. I am guessing it was a "package" deal. I was really impressed with some of the songs and exercises in the book. I recently changed the strings, but kept the ones he had on before that were probably 20+ yrs old. I put on Martin vintage series medium/light gauge. Now, I read a few comments before that medium/lights were almost too much tension for the bridge, if that is so let me know someone that way, I can change them.

thanks for the feedback.

i love the sound the guitar puts out. in my opinion I wouldnt spend the money on a brand new guitar, when i can play this one.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Joseph
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 05:20 AM

Hello,
I've purchased a wonderful 1958 mahogany Gibson LGO from a guy who owned it for the past 20 years. It's in great condition - I love it (it's sweet)! Can anyone tell me about its bridge and top bracing for that year? Thanks for the help!!
Joe


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Randy
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:23 AM

Hello!
I have a Gibson LG (0)? It's all mahogany with the tortoise shell binding, etc. I had the plastic bridge replaced with rosewood which I now find to be splitting slightly across where the bridge pins go. More importantly, the serial # was stamped on the back of the headstock; it is #858018. I'm a little interested as to when it was made and what it's about worth. It's in fair condition, no scratches, just a little dry on the top and back. I bought this about 1986 in Cedarville, Wisconsin for my daughter but she traded it back to me. I bought a nice Canadian case that fits very nicely.

Let me hear some of the experts out there! Thanks, Randy


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Joseph
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 01:46 AM

Hey Randy, Call Gibson Headquarters at 1-800-444-2766 and they'll tell you the year of your guitar. I did, and found out that mine is a 1958 LGO. They were pretty helpful!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Joseph
Date: 09 Apr 07 - 07:54 PM

Never mind...I found out the info that I've been seeking. Ladder bracing and rosewood bridges for the 1958 models. Thanks anyway!!
Cheers


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,kingfreeze
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 09:01 PM

Hello:
I have just bought an old LG-2 from an elderly man. It was inherited in the early 50's. I read that LG-2's have X bracing. This, has LG-2 clearly stamped inside under the sound hole in ink, and has ladder bracing. Under the neck, inside, is stamped in ink "7636 24". The guitar is in very good condition, and does not have the banner logo. Any idea how to date this? Is it extremely rare as the stamp inside says LG-2, but has ladder bracing ? Any help appreciated.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 09:14 PM

Correction, it does have X bracing, I am unfamiliar with acoustics and had to figure the "X" is on the inside top.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 11:19 PM

More on this guitar, It has a tapered headstock, and a firestripe pickguard. Also, what appears to be original wooden bridge pins. 19 frets, and what appears to be an original bone saddle. Any ideas?

If you wish, cheack my website www.guitargument.com


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Justin
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 12:01 PM

I have quickly become obsessed with this model and must have it. Would one say it is worth scooping up a 1962 LGO and putting a rosewood bridge on or picking up a 1966+ with a wooden bridge and adjustable saddle? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Guest, Doug
Date: 12 Aug 07 - 06:51 PM

Find a pre-'62 with original rosewood bridge, unless you don't mind changing out the plastic for rosewood, but my last choice would be the adjustable bridge, though some say their tone doesn't suffer.

Doug


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 12 Aug 07 - 07:30 PM

A good luthier can always replace the bridge for you.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Guest, Doug
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 10:41 PM

Justin, I have a 1958 LGO in excellent condition. If you're interested you can email me at doug111198@aol.com.
Doug


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Ellis
Date: 17 Aug 07 - 02:28 PM

I've never had much luck with figuring out how the hell to adjust a Gibson truss rod.. can someone throw me a bone?


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 17 Aug 07 - 02:30 PM

Lefty loosie, righty tightie.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 17 Aug 07 - 02:39 PM

If you tighten it, it pulls the neck back (lees relief) and the strings down towards the frets.

If you loosen it, it allows the neck to bend more towards the bridge (more relief) and the strings to raise higher from the frets.

That being said, you shouldn't use the truss rod to set the action, only the proper relief of the neck so you don't get buzzing on the upper frets. i.e. the strings vibrate at the widest part of their arcs towards the middle part of their length, usually from the 9th to the 15th frets (depending on where the string is fretted or whether you are using a capo). The relief allows the frets at those points to be firthest away from the strings--a tradeoff between action height and intonation.

The action height should be adjusted by setting the bridge saddle height and the notches at the nut. Again, a tricky bit of tradeoff. For more extreme adjustment needed, a neck reset might be called for.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Ellis
Date: 17 Aug 07 - 02:49 PM

Yeah I've got what happens when you go a certain way down. Usually I deal with Fenders and an alan wrench nut for the truss rod. Can I just use an socket that will fit or a special tool?


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Cluin
Date: 17 Aug 07 - 04:19 PM

Any socket that will fit and you can get securely on the truss rod nut will work, but don't tighten it up too much. No more than a half-turn at most. If it's very hard to tighten, don't force it. You can strip the threads or even snap the truss rod.

When in doubt, take it to a good luthier or guitar repairman/tech. It's easy for them to tell what needs to be done and a set-up like that is pretty inexpensive. Far more inexpensive than having a truss rod replaced.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 08 - 03:29 PM

Correct me if I am wrong, but the truss rod ONLY adjusts the straightness (flatness) of the neck. Angle of the neck to the body is totally different and is set at the neck/body joint with shimming and that is significant work. Before that is done, the saddle should be reshaped to scange the string clearances.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 08 - 03:46 PM

VINTAGE LGO's go for about 1,000 usd RETAIL IN FINE AND SET UP CONDITION. THEY CAN BE HAD ON EBAY FOR 300-600 BUT CONDITION MAY VARY..

FRANK


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Niall ( guest here)
Date: 11 Aug 08 - 06:26 PM

Hi i have an Lgo serial 069314(67) with rosewood bridge and from reading here for a while i guess you guys might help me. The machine heads are are stuck and one is snapped off from a few years ago so im gonna try to source original heads as they look pearly white and very non-replaceable with new ones if you know what i mean. Is gibson the place to go or somewhere else?
   Thanks. I value this guitar more based on what everyone is saying and im not the only guy in the world who thinks 'baby please dont go' lightning hopkins type stuff sounds great on this guitar.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 20 Aug 08 - 05:03 PM

I just replaced the tuners on my LG-0...

They aren't original, but they look very similar. The screw holes don't line up, however, so you have to plug the original holes and re-drill.

They were fairly cheap, too, as far as tuning machines go.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Golden_Age_Restoration_Tuners_for_Solid_Peghead.html


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Guest, Lemon
Date: 29 Aug 08 - 10:30 AM

I've had my LGO for about 10 years now, and have never looked at another acoustic since then! I went to the boutique stores in Newcastle (England) looking for a Lowden (with a pocket full of money), played this one and bought it. Glad I did. Compared to the high-end acoustics I've tried (the Lowdens, Taylors and Martins), it sounds like a bit of a dog-turd if its pushed hard, but if you take it easy and treat it sweetly, it makes a fabulous round-middy tone. Some would call it 'muddy'. Love it, love it and thrice love it. I paid about £250, but would part with five times that if I needed to replace this one.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,serhio
Date: 21 Sep 08 - 08:02 AM

In 1995 I bought Gibson small body series LGO at Newcastle Guitar Market. The serial number is 275023, so perhaps you omitted one figure in your original message ? Anyway, for me LGO is great guitar. I paid for it 300 pounds and it worths every penny.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,mslil2
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 12:19 PM

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me with the year made and value of a Gibson LGO that my husband has had since the early 70's. He purchased it used then..It is in pretty good shape and still has the case. The serial number is 48028.
Thanks for any help! - LIL


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Rob
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 05:19 PM

My first real guitar was a 1968 Gibson LGO. It had the best action I've ever seen on an acoustic. Sometime around 1977 a friend borrowed it and he disappeared along with my guitar. I owned may guitars since then but none ever were as good as that LGO, so a few weeks ago I found a 1964 and bought it. It will be my guitar for life ! The woods available and the hand made craftmanship before 1970 was superior and I would suggest buying guitars from pre 1970, even if they need work, the basic guitar is better than what you get today.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 06:23 PM

I've rebraced and rebridged one LG0, a 1966 with that bloody awful bridge. The owner brought it in for a neck reset but was jonesing for a Martin 15-series mahogany guitar, and I told her she could just as easily get a better sound out of the LGO with re-bracing, for a good bit less.

The back came off pretty easily as it hadn't any binding, so a bit of effort with a palette knife and a bit of vinegar opened it right up. I carefully took off the ladder braces, smoothed the inside of the top (without removing much wood) and replaced it with X-bracing characteristic of an LG2 or LG3.   The bridge was replaced with an Allparts rosewood reverse belly-bridge.

I also reset the neck, which was necessary after all the other work, and gave the whole thing a wetdown with butyl cellosolve to reamalgamate the much-checked original finish. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to offer to spray on a fresh coat of tinted lacquer to darken it up a bit - the color of the wood has a greenish tinge from the yellowing of the lacquer Gibson originally used.

It turned out to be a very good instrument, and the owner who'd brought it in quite likes it in its upgraded state. Skinny neck, 14 frets, relatively small body....nothing bad there.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 08:16 PM

Holy Hermione, that's looking at round about a thousand English Pounds for that much work!


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 09:37 PM

As the person for whom I did it was a friend, I charged a good bit less.


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 09:38 PM

Let's try that again ;-)
As the person for whom I did it was a friend, I charged a good bit less than I might have otherwise done. The guitar wasn't in great shape but it wasn't in horrid shape, and she's a friend....


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,Rob
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 04:47 PM

My first guitar was a gift, a 1966 Danelectro. Played terribly. In 1968 I bought a Gibson LGO. The action was superb and I loved the all mahogany look of it. Very classic. Martin and Guild have very similar models. My LGO was borrowed and never returned in 1977. Since then I have had many guitars including Martin D45, 0018, Les Paul, Telecasters, and others. I just bought a 1964 LGO in perfect condition. It it my favorite guitar of all time. Very under-recognized in the guitar community. If you own one, make others aware of them. If not, BUY ONE !


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Subject: RE: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:26 PM

I have a 67-68 LGO that I bought from a friend who owned & played it for 25 years. It needed a neck reset. I took it to Steve Mason in Lawrence KS. He converted it to lefty for me. New nut, new rosewood bridge, neck reset, action set. I had him remove the pick-gaurd. It looks and sounds great! I have probably $550 to $600 total in her. Nice! I take it to a jam where the original owner plays. He can't play it because it is lefty now but, states that he is glad it is being used in a good way today.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,The Folk E
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 02:51 PM

I found one of these about 5 years ago in an antique mall for a mere $225 and bought it. It was a 1964 model and needed the stupid plastic bridge replaced which I had done. I was never happy with this box, it just could not put out much sound, and bass response was non-existent. I have had a '62 LG3 bought new in '63 and there is no comparison. I traded it for something else and then got rid of that too for something better. It was a good stepping stone. The LG0 is not a bad guitar. It still has Gibson quality and sound, but is the lowest end model they have made. It was $80 new.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST,steven northern ireland
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 07:35 AM

hi i have 1966 lg-0 with plastic bridge in excellent condition and amazing sound , all this fuss about changing bridges etc, keep it original or sell it if your not happy with it


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 01 May 10 - 04:18 AM

well hi
I just bought a really nice shape 62 lgo with the plasic bridge..Love the tone..Real old dylan sounding..I put a indian rosewood bridge ..replaced the bridge plate with maple..new tuners and added a l.r. baggs mi active pick up..All I can say is ...sweet


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 11 - 11:36 AM

I recently purchased an LG-0 and I think it is a 1970 model, but not completely sure, maybe a 69'. Anyway, the case still had the original Gibson handbook that instructs how to change strings, adjust truss rod, etc..! I t also has a tag that indicates it was a Diamond Jubilee. I used a high quality wood cleaner polish, steel wooled the frets, minimally and replaced the strings and adjusted bridge(it has the rosewood adjustable bridge) . The unit sounds amazing. If anyone has any extra info, please shoot me a line! Thanks, Randy


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jun 12 - 11:11 PM

I have a 1962 Gibson LG0. Serial number is 94716, I called the Gibson store in Nashville to get the year of which they gave me two. 37 or 62 but I narrowed it down to 62. Im currently trying to sell it but I keep getting messed around. Its in perfect playing and visual condition and comes with the original case, but everywhere I take it to in the states has told me $400 USD, I have been told by one guitar place to not take less than $1000 USD for it. Any ideas?


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: PHJim
Date: 25 Jun 12 - 12:15 PM

My LG1, serial# 5490 26, on the neck block, has nothing stamped on the back of the neck and no label in the sound hole. It has a rosewood non-adjustable bridge and a standard Gibson style tear drop pick guard. It has three on a strip Kluson tuners (though they don't SAY Kluson, they do say Deluxe).

Any info would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: PHJim
Date: 27 Jun 12 - 10:19 AM

I'm gonna bump this to see if the person who posted as simply 'GUEST' on 17 Mar 07 - 12:47 AM can help me out.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 09:08 AM

I traded the old Harmony Sovereign I got for Christmas back in 1979 even
for a LG0. Its finish is crazed, checked , battered and scratched. It stunk like a fireplace. The plastic bridge had been replaced with a rosewood one and a bone nut fitted. It is now my main guitar. And I have a bunch. And I don't miss the Harmony at all.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 14 - 03:24 AM

ok guys need a lil help please.what is the guitar lowest offer I should take on my pulse64 Gibson LGO would in poor condition.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: New? Gibson LGO
From: Stanron
Date: 10 May 14 - 06:52 AM

Too many variables with the information given. Pre 1962, ie not platic bridge, with good action, ie not needing neck reset and playable it should be worth over £500 certainly possiblly up to £1000. After 1962 will be up to £500 if playable and less if damaged, needing a neck reset or with plastic or adjustable bridge.

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