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Old 04-08-2021, 03:51 PM
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Question Gibson 50s LG-2 2020

I just got this guitar today and Iím stoked about it. I have a Martin HD28 and a Rainsong. So this is a special addition to my guitars!

I am a hard strummer (I try not to be) and Iím wondering what particular strings I should consider for this guitar. I usually prefer mediums but not sure if this guitar ďneedsĒ something different. Iíd certainly prefer to stick with what Iím used to.

Also, Iíve never been particular about strings. I usually just use D'addario ej17 phosphor bronze medium (.13-.056). I donít prefer Elixir strings.

Thanks in advance for your input! JB
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:06 PM
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Check out Curt Mangan strings, specifically the med-light set (12-54). They are my favorite for LG-2 type guitars. Not sure what it is, I just have never found better strings for a Gibson than Mangan's.

https://www.curtmangan.com/12-54-med...osphor-bronze/
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Old 04-09-2021, 03:43 AM
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Oh, I really think that a 50s LG2 would suit my playing style and singing perfectly. There's no way I can afford one, so I'm very envious!

If I ever did get one then I would start with Rotosound Jumbo King 12-54 strings.

I donít suppose there is any chance of you posting some photos?

And, if possible, could you measure the E to e, centre to centre, string spacing at the nut? I can't find that info anywhere? I expect it is around 37mm?

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Old 04-09-2021, 05:31 AM
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I think lg-2s are well served by phosphor bronze lights, 12ís.
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Old 04-09-2021, 07:37 AM
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My LG-2 (1942 Historic series) really likes Retro lights, but I've also had success with GHS vintage bronze. I've got a few more sets lined up when these Retros finally die.

Mines loves it when I dig in while strumming! The tone just gets deeper and more powerful, which brings me much joy.

Enjoy yours!
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Oh, I really think that a 50s LG2 would suit my playing style and singing perfectly. There's no way I can afford one, so I'm very envious!

If I ever did get one then I would start with Rotosound Jumbo King 12-54 strings.

I donít suppose there is any chance of you posting some photos?

And, if possible, could you measure the E to e, centre to centre, string spacing at the nut? I can't find that info anywhere? I expect it is around 37mm?

Robin
I believe that the OP is referring to a reissue that Gibson started building this year. I recently read a review on it in Acoustic Guitar. (pause while the author trundles back to the bathroom and retrieves that magazine from the stack there) Says the nut 1.72," if that helps.
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I just got this guitar today and Iím stoked about it. I have a Martin HD28 and a Rainsong. So this is a special addition to my guitars!

I am a hard strummer (I try not to be) and Iím wondering what particular strings I should consider for this guitar. I usually prefer mediums but not sure if this guitar ďneedsĒ something different. Iíd certainly prefer to stick with what Iím used to.

Also, Iíve never been particular about strings. I usually just use D'addario ej17 phosphor bronze medium (.13-.056). I donít prefer Elixir strings.

Thanks in advance for your input! JB
While there is always a chance of overdriving the top, unless Gibson says differently there is probably no harm in auditioning some mediums. You might also try something like the John Pearse New Mediums, a mix of medium and light gauges. I use light gauges, but have a pretty light hand. I like Phosphor Bronze on my old LG2.

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Old 04-10-2021, 07:51 PM
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Will definitely give these a try! Thank you for the input!
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Congrats on that LG2!! I want one!! My J45 loved Monels.
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