My 1952(ish) Gibson LG1 Pics and Sounds
Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:37 PM
A couple of years ago, I bought a 1959 LG0 from a local eBay ad - it is a fantastic early LG-0 to play with a great sound for G tuning slide and even a good setup for normal guitar picking.
Encouraged by this successful eBay purchase, I bought my 1952 Gibson LG1 from eBay U.S.
Well, what a beast - the setup is awful, there are repaired cracks and splits all over it, the 2 lower bouts have been sitting in water perhaps, and to play normal standard tuning guitar picking, a neck reset and a new saddle would be needed as the strings are a good half inch away from the 12th fret - so basically everything is a bit wrong ( a lot?) and I was fleeced by the eBay seller.
I thought I would try it in open D Tuning for bottleneck and lookout - it is perfect, long as the poor guitar holds itself together.
So I have written this thread as an ode to the poor little LG1, which as long as I play slide in D tuning, I love the guitar still! A guitar doesn't need to be perfect every time and for slide the LG1 is a great cheap, ladder braced beast, though I don't want to buy too many more 'slide' guitars!
And I had to get a new case because the original was like a wet piece of cardboard:
And here are a few tracks I recorded with it (a couple I have posted before):
Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:53 AM
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02 Gibson J-150, AJ
43 Gibson LG-2
12 Martin 00-15
09 Furch OM 32SM (custom)
99 Cort Earth 100
95 Les Paul Studio
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:33 AM
I have gotten the whole slide guitar thing fleshed out. I went with a guitar with this neck setup. Absolutely the most wicked slide guitar I have ever played and when I want to switch from Blind Willie Johnson to some Tommy Johnson - no problem. Some serious Yankee ingenuity.
"I play so rough - I stomp 'em - I don't peddle 'em"
Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:06 PM
I was playing the LG1 yesterday and I was cooking along, so I grabbed the Zoomy and recorded some more tracks which I am pleased with.
Here is my version of 'Louise' by Fred McDowell, hot off the toaster ready to butter and no returns:
Again, this was played on my 1952 Gibson LG1.