Anita Wood's 1959 Gibson LG-2
Anita Wood with the 1959 Gibson LG-2 given to her by
Elvis - 2010
Photo © Larry Moss
In the late fifties during Elvis' climb to fame he had
many "girl friends" but only a few that he saw regularly and
somewhat consistently. One in particular was Tennessee native
Anita Wood. They had met in 1957. While in the Army serving
overseas and stationed in Germany, he gave her this 1959 Gibson LG-2
guitar as a Christmas present months prior to his discharge. She
His nickname for me was "Little"
and "Little Bitty." He was in the Army but he had his
accountant bring it to my home in Jackson, Tennessee, where I spent the
holidays. When he returned from Germany, he played it for me and sang,
many times. On this Gibson guitar, he had "To Little, From EP"
on the front. It was a very special gift which we enjoyed upon his return. He told me to listen for a song "Soldier Boy," which
he later recorded, and think of him. He played this song for me on this
guitar, along with many more.
The 1959 Gibson LG-2 given to Anita Wood by Elvis for
Photo courtesy Heritage Auctions
The LG series guitar is
the type used later by Elvis in several of his movies, beginning with It
Happened at the World's Fair. This
particular guitar has a F O N stamp of S1435 23. From 1952-1961, the
Factory Order Numbers (F O N) scheme used by Gibson followed the pattern of a letter, the batch number and an instrument
ranking number (when the guitar was built in the run of 40). The F O N is the only identification number
on Gibson's lower grade models (like the ES-125, ES-140, J-160E, etc.) which do not feature a paper label.
The 'S' in Anita's indicates it was made in 1959.
Anita's 1959 Gibson LG-2 on display with a picture of her
and Elvis from 1957
Photo © James V. Roy
When Anita eventually married she started giving away
many of the things previously given to her by Elvis, like jewelry to her
bridesmaids. She gave the guitar to a neighbor's boy. Years
later it was put up for auction and ultimately purchased by Larry
Moss, originally a Memphis native and avid collector of many Elvis related items.
Today it is among his collection and periodically on loan for temporary display
along with other items,
including Bill Black's Fender P Bass and Scotty's
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