To restore? Or not to restore?
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:24 PM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:31 PM
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:35 PM
I kinda have a similar debate with myself...should I buy a new Epiphone for $500 or put that money towards a Gibson? I'd really like a new guitar, but purchasing an Epiphone puts me $500 in the hole towards a Gibson I really want. Although, it will take me a couple of years to save for the Gibson. So, what to do...
I think I'll wait.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:17 AM
is because of what you've been through, with that particular guitar, and the "battle scars"
that remind you. Lot's of people call that "mojo!" Some, even pay a LOT of money, to get
an othwise new guitar, to look "beat up!" Personally, I much prefer my "mojo" to be the
wear and tear I've put on it, lovingly, by playing it. Not to have it done by the factory,
or to pay someone else, to do it for me. But, that's just Me.
So, IF I was you...I would keep your current guitar "as is," and continue to love and play it,
as such! Spend the 1,200 on (or, towards) another different model (ES, SG, Tele, Strat, whatever),
to expand your tonal palette. Or, maybe on a different Amp, etc.
Good luck, whatever you do!
Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:46 AM
Hello! Unlike most of the people, I get mad because of the slightest imperfection. Even because of almost invisible dings just by knowing they are there. This might be some kind of a mental disorder.
So, probably if any of my guitars would be in such a condition (it won't happen), I would restore it. But, $1,200 is insane! What I would do is to do everything that I can do on my own (plating the hardware, removing old finish, electrical work) and leave the rest of the job to a professional. I'd not PLEK it at all - none of my guitars got this treatment and I don't think they are lacking it.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:04 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:49 AM
If it's that far gone, it isn't worth it IMHO.
Photos of the guitar would help a a lot.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:42 PM
You can get a brand new Studio for 1200. Pretty much any model. Or you can get a dam near new USED studio for 700-900 bucks. Most of these are dam near perfect finish and condition.
Traditional Gibson Studio guitars do not hold value well. It needs to be something really unique to hold value, like an original Robot guitar, or the new Zoot Suit, Or last years LIME GREEN studio. ( Just the lime green, not the other colors. The green is such a rare color for gibson it is hard to find for less than original sale price even used )
But that is the trick to a GIBSON guitar. Buy something ORIGINAL. If you buy another Cherry red SG, or cherry burst LP, or red white black, no one will WANT it for a collection. Hundreds of others look just like it, play just like it, and sound just like it.
The Zoot LP has a P90, humbucker combo - Not common for a studio. In addition the color, wood and fret board. Also the overall look is a once in a decade release for SG and LP. SG was a few years ago but had horrible pickup combo.