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  1. Last June, I picked up a project Gibson LG-2 guitar. There were numerous cracks on the body, including a nasty one on the back that was patched with a peculiar substance. The guitar spent 7 months in the shop, having finally been returned home this past Friday. The first few frets are fairly worn, but the neck is in nice shape and the rest of the frets are solid. I also own a 70's Gibson Heritage. The LG-2 sounds much brighter and livelier, though I've only spent a short while with it. They are both great guitars, but to me, the LG-2 really stands out. Below are some before and after pics. Before: After:
  2. I decided to pick this up for $400. The pickups are mid-70's patent number humbuckers. The bridge is an original tune-o-matic. Pots appear to be 60's CTS pots. It's a thin neck ES though, with a 1 9/16" nut. Gonna drop it off with my luthier this Friday. I'll be sure to post pics once it's all fixed up.
  3. You nailed it RCT. It has a union made label. Pickups are mid 70's, tailpiece doesn't appear to be Gibson, and the other replacements have me thinking anything of value was stripped a long time ago. Such a shame.
  4. I'm gonna inspect the pickups before buying. The replacement tuners are certainly a concern, as it's not beyond reason to think all of the major components were swapped. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
  5. If I can get it for under a grand?
  6. The neck is an issue, but I think it could be an early 60's ES-335. It'd be worth grabbing for the electronics alone would it not?
  7. Need some help id'ing this Gibson ES-335. The serial number is not legible on the orange label located through the F hole. I didn't check to see if there was a FON number inside the body, though I do not believe this guitar is old enough to have one. The headstock is busted, pretty severely to boot. The inlays appear to be a little different than the standard mother of pearl, having an almost gray/silver/blue tint to them. The body appears to be in very good shape with no major issues. I was not able to inspect the pickups or electronics.
  8. Pretty sure ya'll are spot on. Here are some pics:
  9. I'm working out a potential trade for a Rickenbacker bass I own. One of the items being offered to me is a 1976 Gibson SG Standard in a TV yellow finish. I've yet to see the guitar, but the owner claims that the guitar appears to be original finish. Is this possible? Did Gibson do custom finishes on SG standards? I see that there are custom shop models that come in a TV yellow finish, but this is supposedly a 1976 guitar. I'm supposed to see the guitar Wednesday night. I'll try to get some pics.
  10. Thanks for the feedback. My reasoning for picking it up is a bit of both, as both a guitar to enjoy and play with, but also as a potential long-term investment. The seller is asking $1,100. I wouldn't want to drop that kind of money today and have difficulty recouping that money down the road. Preferably, I'd be able to make a little money if the need to sell arose.
  11. I have an opportunity to pick up a 1980 Gibson Flying V in tobacco sunburst that is mostly in original condition. I was told the guitar had no prior breaks or repairs. After inspecting the guitar, it was easy to determine that there was actually a prior headstock repair. Just below the base of the headstock, there is a "v" shaped discoloration in the finish. The owner had no knowledge of the repair or the incident that caused the damage. The guitar is in solid shape otherwise, but having no history of the repair is a bummer. The ohsc is not included, as well. Is this guitar worth picking up? Assuming everything else is original, what would you consider paying?
  12. Talked to my luthier. Based on the pictures and the description I provided, he quoted me $600. There's a crack on the side that is not pictured. Between the cracks, nut and saddle replacement, and cleaning up the neck and body, that doesn't sound unreasonable. He's picking up the guitar tomorrow and will discuss options with me. I'll be sure to post pictures once she's all put together.
  13. Seemed like a decent enough opportunity to pick up a guitar that, under normal circumstances, would cost significantly more. I recognized that it was an older Gibson from the neck stamp and the teardrop pick guard. I've had the local luthier work on 5-6 guitars, and he's usually very reasonable. If the quote he gave me for the LG-2 is similar to what he will quote on the J45, I'd be very happy with the final cost.
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