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#1 User is offline   passthej45 

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 03:28 AM

What is meant by the VOS finish on the True Vintage models and what does VOS stand for?
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 07:30 AM

It stands for Very Old Sandpaper. It's what they use to make TV's look not their age.


Search the forum & you'll find all different varieties of vos's, & people's take on whether it stands for vintage old stock,
or vintage old specification. Gibson's corporate site doesn't readily cough that info up.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 07:43 AM

If I remember rightly, the hang tags on the '57 VOS Goldtop Les Paul and the '58 VOS Plaintop Les Paul said vintage original specification.......yep, I think that's right. I don't own either guitar any longer, but I might still have the tags. I'll look around......
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 07:54 AM

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... vintage original specification ...


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Very true for the guitar's contruction specs or finish. When it come to the finish (and sometimes the hardware), Gibson sometimes uses VOS to refer to an "aged" look - like Visually Old Stock (as oposed to NOS - New Old Stock). Not that it's Gibson's official designation. But their VOS finishes are usually old spec and sometimes "aged". Some of their VOS finish LPs and SGs also have "aged" hardware - not really relic'ed or "road worn" - but some tarnish etc.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:32 AM

PasstheJ45...I'm a recent owner of a 2010 J-45 TV VOS so here's some info for you. I stressed on the VOS finish because I'm not a fan of the artifical "make it look old" movement. Matter of fact, I didn't even know the TV was VOS pre-purchase as the Gibson website fails to mention this little detail (at least, I couldn't find it). So I take posession of the J-45 and honestly, I couldn't be happier with its appearance and sound. The binding looks tastefully aged...not bright white. The top has a thinnner gloss...it's still glossy, but not in a thick-gloss kinda way. I can see and barely feel the grain in the wood. It's that thin. It still looks like a new top, but not as in your face. The burst is a "little" darker, but still beautiful and even. I didn't have the finish scuffs or swirls I've heard from others (and seen on-line)....my VOS appears to have been lightly done. The one question I do have (nothing to do with a visual)...did GIbson use hide glue???

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:38 AM

According to the website, VOS finishing gives the appearance of a well maintained 40 year old guitar, or something close to that. I like the finish on my R8 Plaintop. However, compared to my 37 year old Custom, it would appear to be a 40 year old guitar that had not been played much.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:34 PM

yeah , my next question was how to you determine which j45 TV 's have the hide glue........hard to tell since it's " hidden" , ha !
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 07:21 PM

I was under the impression that all of the TV's were of hot hide glue construction; I mean, that is one of the selling points. Also- there were some changes from 2008 to '09. If you were looking at an '9 or newer, you could be pretty
confident that hhg was used.

Also- don't know if you'd seen the huge thread at the Unoffical Martin Guitar Forum's "Vintage Corner". If that didn't
make you hungry for a taste of hot hide glue, it certainly would whet your appetite: (warning: major sound-hole sniffing going on, i.e, subjective stuff):

http://theunofficial...c/103798?page=7
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