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Leonard McCoy

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  1. That is highly doubtful, and there is no conclusive evidence for that. It is more likely, simply by exclusion principle (for what other choice have companies got at this point given the laughably low number of string plants in existence on U.S. soil), that Gibson, like so many others, contracted one of the only handful of American string manufacturers in existence (most likely D'Addario) for producing Gibson-branded strings and according to their submitted string specs and packaging design.
  2. Fresh from the factory, all SJ-200 models come with 12-gauge strings and are also set up that way.
  3. Having pictures would help evaluate the issue and determine the type of tuners you currently have on your guitar. If only the tuner post shaft is crooked, perhaps it can be bent straight again. For brand-new tuners, I prefer Kluson wafflebacks or their excellent 3-per-side Kluson Supreme keystone offerings.
  4. And some fancily braided string ends at the peghead that I haven't seen anyone do anymore since the 70s.
  5. If the glue and leather remnants have eaten into or reacted with the nitrocellulose finish, no amount of naptha or other solvent (that doesn't harm the finish at the same time) will clean up the spot. It's perhaps best to give this one a pass or have the owner try it out on his own (he has probably already tried and failed, otherwise he would sell a cleaner one for more).
  6. Take the guitar to a trusted luthier or the Gibson Repair and Restoration services, and have the issue fixed professionally. The bridge needs to be taken off, the spot of the top where the bridge was attached to and the underside of the bridge cleaned, the underside of the bridge, perhaps, reshaped so that it better fits the bellied top, and the bridge firmly reglued to the top.
  7. Are you referring to the Gibson Repair and Restoration service? That's Gibson's official service for anything related to Gibson guitars, and they, of course, know their craft and expertise. Why you would ever resist working with them is beyond me.
  8. The neck feels sticky on the back after some playing because the moisture in your sweat found on your palms sticks to the finish of the guitar. Sometimes I use Gibson Guitar Polish to wipe down the neck before playing, to make it perfectly clean and smooth, but then again my palms are not sweating much while playing. If you have got a lot of sweat build-up, the neck can become quite sticky and you won't be able to easily slide up and down the neck the longer you play in a single session (without wiping down the neck and washing your hands in between). One way to reduce that neck stickines
  9. Pictures would help evaluate the problem. It sounds like a really bad case, though. Any kind of layman work you do to the guitar can only make the issue worse and the value plummet—I can tell you that much already.
  10. Personally, I think it's a beautiful top. As opposed to an Antique Natural finish, noticably darker grain lines work for me on a Vintage Sunburst finish. The sides are supposed to be a dark brown, not black, so that is correct. But all that doesn't matter—it all comes down to whether you like it if it's going to be your guitar.
  11. Get a separate lower or higher saddle made for the summer or, conversely, winter. This way you can always adjust the action down or up as desired and when seasons change.
  12. Nitro never cures, it only ever dries. Sweaty hands can make the neck sticky or high temperatures.
  13. Whatever works. I mostly use a mixture of all available sources including video reference material, distill the composition down to a guitar tab such as these on my site, and internalize the whole thing by playing over and over again.
  14. Gibson cannot keep up with the demand due to covid and its effect on the customer being caged in at home and its effect on their work force. Delivery times can extremely high. To give you an idea: If I were to order a lefty Gibson 50s LG-2 in Vintage Sunburst now, the estimated time for delivery to Europe would be Summer 2022—one year from now.
  15. Nitrocellulose lacquer—like most lacquers—never cures; it only dries. Regarding the main topic, I have the very same model brand-new in my possession. I think the photo of the Les Paul Special in TV Yellow above may have made the transition between binding and fretboard extension look worse than it really is due to the interplay of shadow and light in the photo. There is always going to be a noticable transition there—that perhaps only the Custom Shop that sprays the nitrocellulose clear coat by hand can elmininate that perfecting the transition—and depending on the lighting condition mig
  16. That's the classic characteristic of a Gibson belly-up/down bridge. Welcome home!
  17. It's important to remember that Gibson's Reverb shop ships to only the continental United States. If you see zero listings, that's why—simply switch the "Ship To" dropdown menu to the "Continental U.S." As for the offers in the shop themselves, I think they're a steal especially if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary. And electric guitar lovers will find unique guitars there (even prototypes), which is why the main of the inventory is usually scooped up shortly after posting.
  18. Not much to say here. You mostly live with such a ding as you won't get an invisible repair anyway. As you can reasonably expect with such a ding, there is no impact to the structural integrity of the headstock...
  19. Double-check the wiring of the pickup selector. This is the only component that changed so the first thought is that the fault lies there.
  20. If it's not pickup height, this one can be difficult to diagnose. I suggest bringing the guitar in to a luthier to have a qualified look.
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