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  1. It definitely seems to be a real Gibson but I have no clue why they would put that on the headstock - usually the headstock is left blank below the Gibson logo on that model. I am in no way an expert in this but it could likely be a production error where they silkscreened the LP faded headstock pattern onto the SG faded - who knows, maybe an entire batch was made this way by accident?
  2. Personally I really don't like the way Les Pauls look with a guard so I think it actually isn't such a bad idea. You can take it on and off without any tools and I am guessing by the look of it it probably holds on pretty well in there and best of all - no unnecessary holes in your $1000-4000 guitar Before they would usually pre drill your guitar for a pickguard or otherwise it would come as an accessory in the case candy and you had to drill your guitar yourself
  3. Wipe it down with a clean guitar polishing cloth and if there is any residue you can't remove just give it a touch of polish. any sort of regular pump guitar polish made with petroleum distillates should get the job done. Those are the little bottles that are pump sprays made by Gibson, fender, martin, dunlop, etc that usually retail for 4-8 bucks at your local guitar shop. Just make sure there aren't any abrasives in it (most ones with abrasives are labelled "cleaner" instead of polish).
  4. The satin finish is thinner and more delicate than a polished gloss finish although both are nitrocellulose, so basically the same material. As it gets older and more used the parts that come into contact with your hands, arm, etc will become shinier from all of the rubbing motions you make when you play and eventually if you really play it you may even wear through the clearcoat. As far as color or anything else, usually the color gets a bit darker as the years pass, but Gibson has only been using satin finishes for 15 years or so - so that's about all of the aging process I have personally witnessed.
  5. 665

    V 120 questions

    Welcome to the forums! I believe as with most other V models the 120 will have the pickups mounted to directly to the pickguard rather than on any sort of rings. The picture shows them mounted that way. As for you question about the strings I am not really sure. Gibson makes their own strings (Bright Wires) that come on all of their guitars from the factory. Usually they are strung up with 10-46 and I don't think they even sell 9-46 bright wires. The official website lists them as 9-46 and the other V model they have in production this year is also listed at 9-46. I would guess they most likely made some sort of custom set for the flying v's to be equipped with from the factory. As for each individual string I have no clue. Other string manufacturers make sets that come in a 9 11 16 26 36 46 so I would say that would probably be the most likely arrangement.
  6. I suppose more options is always a good thing but honestly I personally wouldn't use this even if I got one for free. It looks like it will scuff up your guitar, I don't like the aesthetics of it, and I just overall prefer the tuning stability and simplicity of hardtails. Still, I'm sure some folks out there would love this thing - to each their own.
  7. I would say everything in the pictures looks correct. There are a lot of usual signs of a fake that pictures from these angles would show and I see none of those signs. He even has the paperwork and correct case. I would feel pretty comfortable buying this guitar as far as knowing it is a real Gibson in my opinion.
  8. Why are they using box caps in the first place anyway? I've never seen a guitar wired with box caps like that.
  9. I'm no expert here but that guitar looks like it has some serious damage from humidity / moisture. I wouldn't go near that one unless you wanted to part it out
  10. I love the 490/498 in my '98 LP. They wound them extra hot back then, the bridge is almost 14k and I think the neck is around 10k - you can really get some nice sounds out of them.
  11. I'm pretty sure it will be a pcb with four full sized pcb mounted pots (so you probably won't want to reuse them because of the different tabs). I'm not sure of the values, probably a mix of 500k and 300k and I forget what cap they used but I seem to remember them being ceramic. The pickups just plug into the pcb so if you want to change pickups you either have to splice the new pickups onto the connectors or rewire the whole thing point to point like it should have been done in the first place. I pulled a pcb out of a 2009 studio because of this and ended up making a whole new wiring harness for it.
  12. Whoops - accidentally double posted...
  13. I think there are a lot of elements in play as the guitar ages when you have a solid laquer over wood that naturally shifts and changes with the temperature and humidity. One of the most noticeable things I've seen as a guitar's finish settles is when you often can see different pieces of wood edge-glued together. This happens on almost any brand or finish type after a relatively short amount of time in my experience.
  14. The pickups, wood choice, and just about everything is the same as a single cut so I would imagine the tone would be very similar. The only significant differences would be less mass because of the second cutaway, master volume and tone controls and many of them also have a wraparound tailpiece. It probably has some unique qualities but I'm sure it still would sound very close to a "typical les paul sound" if there s such a thing.
  15. 665

    Help with model

    It's definitely a double cutaway studio by the looks of it and the serial number indicates 1997 (first and fifth digits are last two digits of year). If I had to guess I would say it has the "swiss cheese" holes drilled in it for weight relief because that was what I think they used on the regular single cuts of that era.
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