1966 Gibson LG-0 SN#423044 stamped on the back of the headstock. This 56 year old, well used LG-0 now has an advanced cross bracing conversion with 1/4" x 5/8" torrefied Adirondack Spruce braces and an 1/8" thick Maple bridge plate. These are easy playing 00 sized guitars and gain volume and tone with the cross brace conversion. I have done several of the conversions and all the buyers are quite happy with their updated LG-0s.

The original plastic bridge had warped and pulled up making the guitar unplayable. There were some short cracks in the back panels that I forced fish glue into and clamped to repair them while the back was off. I also repaired two cracked back braces with fish glue. See photos of all the flaked-off nitro lacquer landmarking external cracks, scratches, rub marks, abrasions, etc. The finish is all original and showing years of wear and some abuse.

The guitar now plays fine and sounds lively with clear trebles, fairly full mid tones and distinct bass tones. My experience playing the ladder braced versions is the upper register tones are thinly muffled and the overall sound thunk-y and muted. 

The tuners that came installed were very old and loose Kluson electric guitar tuners with recently made ferrules. A previous owner had drilled out the tuner holes too large and the ferrules fell out once the strings were removed. I filled the holes with mahogany dowel stock and re-drilled and then reamed the correct sized top hole for the new ferrules. The back of the headstock had about 30 holes from various tuner installations that were filled with birch, bamboo and CA glue. The new StewMac Golden Age 15:1 tuners are period correct and work great.

The fretboard has signs of wear between the original nut and 7th fret. The frets are clean and in very good condition. The truss rod still functions and the neck relief was adjusted to about 0.010".

The neck is straight and true with no need for reset. The saddle height is 9/64".

Neck width at the nut is 1-5/8"

String heights at the 1st fret are .025" and .090 at the 12th fret + or - 0.005"

New bridge made from stained Brazilian Rosewood and new compensated saddle made from unbleached cow bone.

12-53 ga D'Addario 80/20 Bronze strings. New LMII Ebony Bridge pins.

StewMac Golden Age 15:1, 3 on a side, inline tuners.

Please ask any and all questions before buying or making an offer. I am happy to post more photos, if desired.

I will ship the guitar in a new hard case or the original chipboard case. Free shipping.

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Listed3 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • LG-0
  • Mahogany
  • 1966
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Concert
Top Material
  • Mahogany
Model Family
  • Gibson LG-0
Finish Style
  • Gloss
  • Gibson Kalamazoo Factory Era
Back Material
  • Mahogany
Sides Material
  • Mahogany
Color Family
  • Tan
Number of Frets
  • 20

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Ken Smith Stringed Instruments - Custom Guitar Works

Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Joined Reverb:2017

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