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1945 Gibson Banner LG2

Here's a guitar we last saw in 2005, when it was for sale at Folkway. We've found our original write up from back then, and things have pretty much not changed a bit with the guitar since. It's an absurdly good sounding all-mahogany LG-2, with a great feeling neck, no cracks, and dashing looks. Here's the description from back then, exactly as it was posted on our Gibson page in May of 2005. The same guy wrote it who today is writing this introduction!

FON 1011-9. By now a lot of you know that we love our LG-2's here at Folkway, and it is with great excitement that we unveil this '45 Mahogany-top. This instrument's condition is truly amazing; to think that this guitar is more than 60 years old {70 years now} is simply mind boggling.

It is without cracks, even though the top and back are one-piece mahogany (yes, a one-piece top... very cool). The pickguard is not curling up at all, and all the braces are well-glued - a rare event with old Gibsons! Only a few minor nicks and a touch of lacquer crazing blemish the otherwise perfect finish; it's obvious that this guitar was not played too much over its lifetime.

Wartime features of this Gibson include a Maple neck, gumwood fingerboard and bridge, and the Mahogany top; there is an adjustable truss-rod though, and the original tuners work much better than most war-time gears I've encountered. 1 3/4" nut width, 24.75 scale length, action of 5.5 to 7 64ths. We replaced the bridge-plate as it was cracked and had had an excessively large patch glued over it. The new plate is an exact replica of the original, and has allowed this guitar's voice to really come out. It is a fine choice for any collector and a great sounding LG if you're looking for another muse.

Newer hard-shell case included.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping ' all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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