Guitar Repair: 1953 Gibson LG1 Acoustic

This 1953 Gibson LG1 acoustic guitar was brought into the workshop several weeks ago.

It was purchased by one of my regular customers from a well known auction site and listed as a “project guitar”. They were not kidding!

The Damage

  • The back was badly split and cracked
  • The struts that reinforced the back were missing or cracked
  • The machine heads were stiff and difficult to use
  • The bridge was missing.

Not only was the bridge missing, but a bridge shape had been painted on in a disconcerting fashion. The bridge pins were still in place and clearly someone somewhere had been trying to use this guitar in its sorry state.

Being over 50 years old this guitar had suffered serious abuse and damage not only structurally but also to its finish. It was decided that cosmetically the guitar would not be altered due to financial restraints.

The Repair

  • All splits and cracks to the back repaired
  • A new back brace made and fitted (without removing the back)
  • Machine heads overhauled and made functional
  • A new Rosewood bridge made and fitted
  • Fingerboard and frets cleaned up
  • Set up for .011 – .054 gauge strings