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My 1952(ish) Gibson LG1 Pics and Sounds

#1 User is offline   BluesKing777 

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

After posting a pic of this in another thread, I thought I would put together a little 'feature' on my LG1. Some people will be horrified, but any way, here goes.

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!

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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):






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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

I think you've found the perfect use for this guitar. Lemonade from lemons.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

tip o' the hat, this is good pickin' ! Wish I was in heaven sittin' down... wonderful tune.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

these are great sounds [thumbup]...
and agree with Dan on Heaven sittin down....reminds me of BL Jefferson's See that my grave is kept clean.....

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:13 AM

Excellent attitude you have. Positive.

LOved the playing.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:53 AM

I saw it earlier, and like I said earlier ..... awesome, the guitar and the playin' .. [thumbup]

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

I gotta say that rather than ranting and raving about eBay you are taking it all very well. Shows some good style there.

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.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

Well to hear the story of the guitar and then hear her speak...both the best and worst of what a man could hope. Incredible sound and some sweet playing BK on that beast.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:48 PM

Way to go!
"The empty vessel makes the loudest sound." w.s.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Thanks for the replies!

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.


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