Of all the new Gibson flattops introduced in the modern era, the LC-2 "Cascade" is an intriguing small body that borrows from Gibson history, while introducing something altogether new. Made in Bozeman, Montana in 2005, this LC-2 is very cool small-body guitar worth of the Gibson name.
The LC body is small, like an L-00. Because it has a rounded lower bout, it immediately calls to mind the Gibson guitars of the '20s that were played by blues innovators like Robert Johnson. But, the LC also has a cutaway—a modern touch that gives you wide open access into the upper register.
This 2005 LC-2 features a Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. Like a lot of small-body Gibsons, it produces impressive bass content for its size. While a lot of comparable-size Gibsons have Mahogany back and sides, the Rosewood gives you a balance, shimmer, and sense of clarity that is just right. The Mustache-shaped bridge, abalone inlay, pointed fingerboard, and Gibson tulip inlay and class and elegance that is distinctly Gibson.
This 2005 Gibson LC-2 Cascade shows some minor play wear and signs of use (see photos), but it's a great player in nice shape all around. There is one ding worth mentioning on the treble edge of the top at the lower bout. When it came to use, we fit a new bone saddle for the bridge, and that was a big upgrade for tone and playability. The original Fishman Prefix Plus electronics sound like the should, and there's plenty of life left in the frets. It includes its original hardshell case.