1968 Gibson LG-12 Acoustic 12-string (w/case*)


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I bought this LG-12 guitar from a collector a few years ago. I had the bridge reglued, replaced the bridge pins, bought a “new old stock” truss rod cover that was missing, and set it up with new strings. My luthier said the guitar is all original except for the TRC and the bridge pins. The guitar had the scrapes and gouges of a player’s guitar and was described in detail. It is a nice sounding 12-string for its size (parlor), has great action, and I have enjoyed playing it. Since I had several other 12-strings, I decided to sell it and listed it only on Reverb for $1,250.00 plus shipping.  

I received and accepted an offer and shipped the guitar. About 10 days after its delivery, the buyer sent me an email requesting a full refund. The buyer had the 12-string inspected by his luthier. The luthier reported the guitar had several issues - 1. Would need a neck reset, 2. Would need refretting, 3. Would need a new rosewood bridge, and 4. Stated the guitar was not manufactured in 1968 regardless of the stamped Gibson serial number but rather made someteime in 1970’s because this guitar did not have a volute - and therefore was suspect. The luthier gave an estimate of $1K to have everything repaired.

I was disturbed by the luthier’s claims but immediately agreed to the full refund to the buyer upon receiving the LG-12 back in its stated condition. I asked the buyer to provide the luthier’s name, telephone number, website, and his formal inspection report so I could contact him. The buyer sent his name and a picture of a hand-written note stating the repair claims and the $1K estimate. I tried calling the luthier but have not made contact. Upon return and inspection of the LG, I sent the buyer a full refund.

I brought the guitar back to my luthier. He has an excellent reputation and status among several celebrity recording artists and professional musicians here. I also took the LG to another luthier for their opinion. Both luthiers said the guitar could benefit from a neck reset “down the road” but the “action is low and very easy to play”. “You wouldn’t benefit from a neck reset just yet”. Frets are worn but not to the point of being unplayable. The original rosewood bridge is not cracked or split. It was removed and sanded down to remove old glue prior to the regluing. As far as the other issues, both luthiers are perplexed by the buyer’s luthier questioning the year of manufacturing based on not having a volute.

I have decided to relist the LG-12, change the condition to “fair”, and lower its price to compensate those buyer’s who may want to bring this guitar up to certain specifications. My original asking price was $1,250.00 + $80.00 for shipping/handling. 

*The case is not the correct size and is beat up. I only list it because it will be used to protect guitar during shipping. 

Here is my original listing:

1968 Gibson LG-12 acoustic 12-string guitar in good condition with chipboard case. The serial # is 960780. The LG-12 is a small body, 3/4 parlor-sized guitar made of mahogany neck, back, and sides, and a spruce top. Binding around the body is black and a white plastic strap button. I believe everything is original except for the case, the replaced truss rod cover, and new ebony bridge pins. The truss rod cover was missing and replaced with a NOS one ( and yeah - I lost the TRC screws!). The rosewood bridge was recently removed and reglued then set-up by a luthier. The neck is straight and the truss rod works fine. Structurally the guitar is in very good condition for its age but has scars and bruises. But no splits or cracks. There are three small holes in the strap end. Perhaps a trapeze-style bridge was installed at one time? But the adjustable bridge and ceramic saddle are original. Frets and rosewood fingerboard are in terrific condition. There are new D'Addario 10's on it and it sounds great and is comfortable to play. Weight w/out case is 4lbs14oz. FYI: the chipboard case is not the correct size and is in poor condition but will protect the guitar in transit.

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Listed2 months ago
ConditionFair (Used)
Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more
  • LG-12
  • Natural
  • 1968
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 12-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Concert
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Top Material
  • Spruce
  • Gibson Kalamazoo Factory Era
Back Material
  • Mahogany
Sides Material
  • Mahogany
Color Family
  • Tan
Model Family
  • Gibson LG-12
Number of Frets
  • 18

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