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  1. Thanks! I didn't think Gibson would still have a spec page for this guitar. But even though those official specs say "13-60 gauge" nobody makes that exact size for electric guitars. I finally located some D'Addarios that are 13-62, so I guess that's close enough (surely that top string will fit in the nut properly). The previous owner said he used regular gauge (10-46) but I guess he was mistaken. It IS a "very unusual Beast," as you say.
  2. Sorry for such a dumb question, but thanks to eBay I'm the new owner of a 2013 SG Baritone -- and I don't have a clue what gauge strings this guitar requires. It currently seems to have regular-gauge strings (10-46, maybe?) but I've seen special "baritone" strings that are much heavier, like 13-72. The problem is, I don't think the slots in the nut will hold strings that large. Does anybody know the "correct" strings that should go on this nice guitar? As you can tell, I've never had a baritone guitar before.
  3. Well, I hope mine doesn't say "MADE IN USA" -- because it WASN'T made in the USA. That's what I'm concerned about. I know all about the Chinese fakes, but I wonder if there's another type of "fake" where all the parts are correct, but the assembly, finish, etc. are completed in another country? The other mystery is that I read this LP Voodoo was a limited run, with only a few hundred made in 2016. And yet, here is (according to the serial number) a 2017 model. Perhaps I'm simply obsessing over nothing. But I contacted Gibson Customer Support (by email, with photos) to see what they hav
  4. I've attached a few more photos. Yeah, one of the tuners seems a bit crooked. But all the major components -- especially the pots and wiring and bridge -- seem legit. If you're going to make a fake Gibson, it doesn't make sense to build it with Gibson parts, but what do I know. Thanks for your help. I have several Les Paul BFGs, and I noticed on the back some of the say "MADE IN USA" (no periods) and another one says "MADE IN U.S.A." (with periods). It seems Gibson isn't consistent with a lot of things.
  5. I just attached a larger file. It seems I had reached my maximum file capacity with other photos I uploaded months ago. Thanks.
  6. But the instructions for uploading files say that the maximum file size must be smaller than 17kb, so how can I upload anything larger?
  7. I just bought a new Gibson Les Paul Voodoo, and I noticed that the serial number, stamped on the back of the headstock, looks funny. The numbers are slightly narrower than what I've seen on other Gibsons. Also, it just says "Made in USA" without any date. Everything else on this guitar looks genuine -- the headstock logo, Gibson name on the pots and printed circuitboard, bridge, construction (maple neck and crazy "ju ju" finish on the ash body. I haven't pulled the pickups to check what they say, but everything else looks like a Gibson should -- except for the back of the headstock. So I don
  8. Everyone's been saying such great things about the "SG Original" model that I bought one. I got it online, so I didn't get a chance to inspect the guitar beforehand (I know, I know). Well, it IS a great guitar, with beautiful woodgrain, a very dark fretboard, and those wonderfully sharp cutaways. Just one little thing. What's with the ugly gap between the end of the fretboard and that little black plastic tenon cover? I have a bunch of 61 Reissues, from different years and in different colors, so I tried other tenon covers. Nope, they're all exactly the same size, so they don't cover
  9. Thanks. I was expecting a much more complicated solution; I guess I was worried that the plastic had somehow ruined the finish. I'll give it a shot. Thanks again, michael
  10. I bought a pretty cool-looking 1998 SG-Z on eBay, and the guy used plastic bubblewrap to pad the guitar so it wouldn't slip around in the case during shipping. Well, it left behind rows of little round marks across the finish on the back of the guitar. You can't feel them, so it's not like they "etched" in the surface very deeply, and you can only really see them if you tilt the guitar into the light, but they're an aggravation, to say the least. Does anyone know of a good and SAFE way to remove these marks without harming the nitro finish? I know you'd like to see a picture, but
  11. I just bought a gently used 2006 Gibson SG-3 with a rosewood fretboard. It's a beautiful guitar (cherry with gold hardware), but the fretboard is ugly — it looks faded and washed out. It's much lighter than on any of my other SGs. Is there any good and safe (for the guitar, I mean) product that will bring back (or add) the rich dark brown color to the rosewood? I'm nervous about using a regular stain, because I don't want to also stain the binding and the nut. And I don't want to apply anything that might soak into the the wood and make it swell and ruin/crack the binding. Any sug
  12. I definitely confirmed that the pearloid pickguard was "outgassing" and causing the rust problem, by simply removing the pickguard. I replaced the rusty screws and strings, and used steelwool to remove the rust from the polepieces and frets — and after 3 months now, I've had no rust anywhere with the pickguard off. I even put the pickguard screws back in the holes in the body — no rust. Meanwhile, however, to test my theory, I put the old pickguard in a bag with some strings and screws, and within two weeks, they were covered with rust! I even taped a 10-inch length of guitar string ac
  13. Does anybody have any idea where I can find a replacement bridge block for the Floyd Rose-style tremolo that was factory-installed on my 1991 Epiphone 635? As you can see, the block just broke off. It's like it was made from cheap pot metal, and it finally just crumbled. Three problems: 1) This is an old-style Floyd Rose system without locking string saddles, so the strings thread through the block, just like a Stratocaster, and the block itself holds the ball ends. In other words, a pretty important part. So the guitar is absolutely worthless without it. 2) The tremolo is actually
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