Gibson teams up with singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff for new signature LG-2 Western acoustic guitar

Nathaniel Rateliff with his new signature Gibson LG-2 Western acoustic guitar
(Image credit: Gibson)

Gibson has teamed up with genre-blending singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff to create a new signature acoustic guitar, the LG-2 Western.

Designed as a blend of Rateliff's own Gibson LG-2 and Country Western acoustics, the new guitar – built at Gibson's newly-expanded Bozeman, Montana acoustic facility – is an intriguing mix of vintage styling and modern technology.

It's built with a compact mahogany body, an Adirondack red spruce top and a V-shaped mahogany neck with a 24 3/4" scale length and an Indian Rosewood fingerboard featuring 20 standard frets and split parallelogram inlays.

The electronics on the acoustic are thoroughly modern though, with an
LR Baggs VTC preamp and an LR Baggs VTC pickup – boasting volume and tone controls mounted at the bottom of the soundhole – coming standard.

Other touches, meanwhile, include a mother of pearl Gibson block logo and Crown inlay on the headstock – a tip of the hat to the Country Western – plus nickel Gotoh Keystone tuners and a teardrop pickguard.

Gibson's Nathaniel Rateliff LG-2 Western acoustic is the guitar giant's third new signature guitar in as many weeks, following the Tony Iommi SG Special and Jerry Cantrell "Wino" Les Paul Custom. It's available now – in a Vintage Sunburst finish and with a hardshell case included – for $3,299.

For more info on the guitar, stop by Gibson (opens in new tab).

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.