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  1. Sleeko, Gibson did not mention the cause of the delamination, however another forum member said that some years ago guitar manufacturers moved from oil to water based adhesives for environmental reasons and this could be the cause. It makes sense because my 50 year old ES175D headstock is rock solid with no delamination issues at all.
  2. I am completely satisfied with this repair. Gibson Repair and Restoration does their job extremely well.
  3. Original quote from Repair and Restoration = $450. Well worth it for an expensive custom shop guitar.
  4. John, Unfortunately no. The custom shop said it was a cosmetic issue on a 16 year old guitar not covered under warranty. If you have a repair issue, I suggest you contact Garrett Hamilton in Gibson customer service or send an email to repair@gibson.com. Dion Edge will contact you from their repair dept to discuss cost.
  5. I recently had a headstock delamination issue with my 16 year old Legrand archtop. I received many replies from forum members and I sincerely appreciated their insight and suggestions. I decided to send the guitar to Gibson Repair and Restoration. I am pleased to say that Gibson did an excellent job bringing my guitar's headstock back to original condition. It looks as good as the day I purchased this guitar. I have attached a before and after photo for your review.
  6. Dennis, Thank you for taking the time to reply. Your opinion is very valid, however, as you said, it bugs the heck out of me plus, I'm not planning on selling the guitar. Therefore, I have decided to have Gibson Repair and Restoration fix it. They should bring it back to where I like it. Perhaps when I get it back, I'll post a picture of the restoration for all to see. Regarding my 1965 ES175D, Gibson must have used oil based products because the headstock on this guitar is rock solid. Best regards, ****
  7. Eric, I'm not sure that all guitar collectors are dumb, but I agree that many like the "used/worn-in" look. I work part time at a Guitar Center store and I've seen many great playing guitars with cosmetic damage fly out the door. ****
  8. Danny, Thank you for sending your headstock picture. While it is good to know that this can happen to other guitars, your '96 looks much better than my '99. I worry, if I don't get it fixed, will it get even worse over time. I also wonder if it will degrade the value of the guitar. ****
  9. Sleeko, I appreciate your reply. Maybe I'm just being picky, but I have a 50 year old ES175D that is stored in the same room and has no delamination issues at all. I have attached before and after photos. It just doesn't seem right that a premium 16 year old Gibson archtop would have this type of cosmetic problem.
  10. Thank you for your advice. Gibson Restoration and Repair wants $450 to fix it. I have attached a photo of the headstock for your review
  11. Thank you for your advice. Gibson Restoration and Repair wants $450 to fix it. I have attached a photo of the headstock for your review. ****
  12. The headstock on my Gibson Custom Shop Archtop is delaminating. The Gibson logo, diamond headstock design and the area around each tuning peg has developed fuzzy edges. Frankly it degrades the look of my 16 year old premium Archtop. Is this repairable? Does anyone have any experience with this issue? All suggestions are welcome.
  13. slimt, As I said, the Campallone was lighter in weight than the LeGrand. However, the LeGrand felt more substantial. I was expecting the Campallone to have the edge on "chop, volume and tone", but after playing both side by side, I have to say the LeGrand was equally as good. In fact the local Campallone dealer didn't think the tonal differences were much at all. Both instruments are first rate Archtop guitars. Anyone who likes Archtops would be happy with either one.
  14. slimt, As I said, the Campallone was lighter in weight than the LeGrand. However, the LeGrand felt more substantial. I was expecting the Campallone to have the edge on "chop, volume and tone", but after playing both side by side, I have to say the LeGrand was equally as good. In fact the local Campallone dealer didn't think the tonal differences were much at all. Both instruments are first rate Archtop guitars. Anyone who likes Archtops would be happy with either one.
  15. Hello, I cannot compare either guitar with a Benedetto, however I do know the local dealer, The Music Emporium, Lexington MA, only receives 3 or 4 Campallone's a year and they are usually pre-sold. If you like Archtops, you would be very happy with either the LeGrand or Campallone Archtop. ****
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