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Replate Gold Maestro

#1 User is offline   phildobbin 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:21 AM

Hi, everybody.

I recently came into a 1967 Gibson ES-355 with a Maestro tailpiece. It's a beautiful guitar, totally standard, two owners from new & has the OHC & hang tags.

It's in pristine condition apart from the gold plating on the pups & the Maestro which has all but vanished. I'm OK with the pups being back to their nickel but I was wondering about getting the Maestro re-plated. I realise that if the work was carried out, the re-sale value would probably drop but this guitar is kind of like a family heirloom (I swapped it for a Les Paul with my brother & it was a gift to him from our late Father) so I'd be highly unlikely to sell it at any point.

Does anybody know of any specialists who do this kind of work? One thing to consider is that I live in London in the UK & would be loathe to freight it overseas unless absolutely necessary.

Any help appreciated [smile]
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#2 User is offline   cjsinla 

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:56 AM

I would imagine that any plating company could do it for you. Companies here will plate with all kinds of things and my mother got some old tarnished faucets re-plated with gold. I've also seen copper, chrome and brass plating done locally.
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