Bob Dylan fans love to speculate about the guitars Bob Dylan plays – here’s a unique one the Gibson LG-1

By Stephen Pate – One day in 2006  musician and photographer Aaron Warren was touring the Gibson Bozeman plant. He spied something different in the final setup area.

There were two guitars with Bob Dylan’s work order attached.

Photo caption: Dylan’s Guitar Sign This was the tag they put on Dylan’s guitars so they didn’t get sent out to anyone else. Photo Aaron H. Warren Flickr creative commons

Intrigued Aaron took a few snaps with his phone and posted them on Flickr. What’s different is that the guitars are labelled as Gibson LG-1, a model that has not been made since the 1960s.

Gibson LG-1 for Bob Dylan (Photo Aaron H. Warren creative commons)

Gibson LG-1 for Bob Dylan (Photo Aaron H. Warren creative commons)

The day I toured the Gibson factory Bob Dylan called and ordered 2 guitars, this was one of them,” wrote Aaron Warren. “I was able to play it before Bob did.”

Hey Bob, your strings are way to light and too low, but good choice of guitar!”

The LG-1 is a small body guitar with spruce top and mahogany sides and back, similar to the J-45 but smaller.

Gibson tech at setup bench - photo Aaron Warren creative commons

Gibson tech at setup bench – photo Aaron Warren creative commons

This was the other guitar that Bob Dylan ordered. This guy takes care of all of the celebrities guitars.”

In 2006, Dylan was probably trying to find a smaller guitar that would accommodate the rumored arthritis he has. It is quite common for guitar players to get arthritis in their 60s due to over use.

I couldn’t find anything but vintage LG-1’s for sale but Gibson does make the LG-2 as a custom guitar from time to time. Pictured below is the Gibson LG-2 Americana

Gibson LG-2 Americana SKU LS2AVSNH1

Gibson LG-2 Americana SKU LS2AVSNH1

Here’s a video of a new LG-2.

The Gibson LG-2 is also sold in a natural finish as the Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Antique Natural Acoustic Guitar.

Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Small Body Series Antique Natural Acoustic Guitar ACLG2ANNH

Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Small Body Series Antique Natural Acoustic Guitar ACLG2ANNH

Gibson LG-2

The Gibson LG-2 is a shorter scale, smaller bodied version of the J-45 with the same mahogany back and sides, spruce top and scalloped bracing.

The neck is 1.725″ at the nut, 14-fret at the dovetailed body joint.

The rosewood fret board has 19 frets, 24 3/4″ scale length and a 12″ radius.

This gentleman is selling his vintage LG-1 model and recorded this short video. Used LG-1 guitars sell for anywhere from $900 to $4,000 depending on the condition. Lower priced vintage guitars will usually have repairs that compromise the guitar. If it’s less expensive there is a reason.

This sighting does add to the list of guitars that Dylan has played. I could not find a picture of Dylan and the LG-1 circa 2006.

Gibson guitars are available at great prices from Amazon.com.

Thanks to Aaron Warren for the photographs.

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