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  1. Depends whos buying. Likewise depends who came up with it at Gibson, was it someome insterested in music or someone after a profit.
  2. No offence to them, since people have done the more than a century of work to build the brand to this point, but they could make a guitar out of dog poops set in epoxy and someone would buy it for their collection. As I say, its no bad thing its the kind of brand loyalty most companies can only dream of but it should be treated with some reverence.
  3. now now kids, always wear a mask while sanding. You can smoke a cigarette after if you like but its best to keep that saw dust out your lungs😂🙄
  4. Wobbly as in you can rock it side to side with a 1mm or so gap opening up between heal and body, as if someone has made a crap job of fitting or replacing the neck and relied on glue to fill the gaps which has now failed. Its something easy to fix with shims and a bit of patience getting them right. Since its already mostly unglued its not going to put up much of a fight to get it out, I have a jig for doing this which is attached to the guitar and distributes the force as the neck is pushed up out of the joint. You're very right on the price reflecting the relative scarcity in the local market as I can honestly say since moving to Australia a decade ago I have not encountered Gibsons of this ilk at all often. The functional ones are normally wildly expensive. I'll outline its issues and offer $350 (500 australian) and see if I get anywhere. In the mood for something frustrating and time consuming either way, working in a hospital just now is not exactly a walk in the park so this new wooden patient in the workshop would be a great distraction !
  5. The foundations of a good sound are there, with a rattly background noise from the loose parts vibrating against each other and a healthy amount of fret buzz, like a guitar with a broken top and loose braces in bad need of a fret job/refret should posses. Won't properly know how it sounds until these issues are fixed but its only going to improve it really. With regards to the suggested replacement of the ladder bracing with x bracing, this has been done on an LG-0 https://grahamparkerluthier.com/tag/gibson/ Scroll down to see it happen and read a brief report of the results.
  6. If I keep the tuners then chuck the rest in the trash and build a new guitar Gibson logo, fake serial number and all. Thats still a restored Gibson right? Cause it has those tuners from a real Gibson 😉
  7. No serial numbers anywhere, no sign of a replaced headstock unless we view the wobbly neck as a symptom of a poor job done replacing the entire neck. Its marked down from 1200 Australian already, I suspect its going to prove to be a bad purchase for them as a pawn shop. Their musical instrument "expert" is back at work on thursday so I'll pay him a visit and try not to ruin his day too hard by breaking all this news to him and making him a low ball offer.
  8. $700US is what they want(1000 australian) Knowing they don't have it identified right givws me either an advantage or disadvantage as they will be keen to either get rid of it or find out what it is before selling. In terms a costly restoration, yes, if done commercially but I have the skills and time to do it myself so this additional cost isn't a deciding factor for me. Its more that the instrument is what it claims to be (which its not) or that I can put an identity to it in order to know what I'm likely to get out of it if I move it on after restoring and playing it for a while. With regards to replacing the bracing, its not impossible but it would probably devalue it even further as while improving it the originality would be gone. The neck wobble is not really a bother, neck resets are not all that complex if you consider that 99% of the work is already done compared to building one from scratch
  9. image sharing Here is the offending headstock, I should correct myself and say no x brace so not an LG-2, my memory of last time I saw it played tricks on me so sorry for that misinformation. It has a straight ladder brace visible just south of the sound hole. The binding is single ply, not w/b/w. The tuners are a sore point to me as again I can't find another example, now they may have been replaced however if this was the case I'd expect to see evidence of this in the form of the finish being less blemished where the old ones sat or there being holes for their attachment at least some of which wouldn't be covered by the new ones. The truss rod cover is also a bit suspect looking to my untrained eye, however this to may be a replacement or may be something I've simply not found another example of yet. There is to the very best of my ability to find it no numbers stamped on the neck block. The heal of the neck is nicely rounded not pointed if that helps, and the neck is not what I'd call thick. Apologies for the lack of further photos the store is a bit funny about them being taken, which makes me all the more auspicious. Thoughts on its identity are welcomed
  10. I can see that it has x bracing, just can't get a hand in to feel how chunky/tall it is which can be a sign of age but I'll try get access tomorrow, been trying to persuade them of the merits of taking the strings off or at least not tuning it to pitch to prevent further damage but some people can't be told.
  11. I'll swing by the store tomorrow and get some photos for everyone. Glad to know I'm not mad in being suspicious of it.
  12. Another reason could be customs restrictions on animal products and the need to provide paperwork for what is entering countries when you are selling internationally as Gibson does. Thats before we get to plastic being almost infinately cheaper to churn out of an injection moulding machine compared to processing raw animal bones into shape.
  13. Gooday from Austrialia. A local pawn shop has for sale what is supposedly a Gibson LG-2 of unknown year but allegedly at least 1960s at a very reasonable price due to it having a crack in the top(several actually and i can only assume loose braces as a result), the neck having a slight wobble due to the impact that caused the top issues having caused the glue to fail and a few other issues such the frets being worn/filed down flat as pancakes. All of this is fixable and not what bothers me. What is bothering me about it is that it has no label inside with a serial number, no serial number on the headstock either and the kicker that makes me suspicious is the clear finish on the headstock with Gibson silk screened in gold along with wings glued on instead of a one piece headstock, granted, these features do appear on some Gibson models for example I have found some B25s with this but for the life of me I cannot find any LG-2s with this clear finish deal. They all seem to have a black veneered or painted headstock. I've measured up the body and the dimensions all check out. The bridge is the correct style for an LG-2 as well. I am yet to be given the chance to rip the strings off and examine inside for any numbers which may be stamped on the neck block or measure the bracing as this can also provide a clue to when it was produced but can anyone provide an opinon on the headstock issue?
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