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  1. In going through our store room we came across what appears to be a early 70s mahogany Flying V. Unfortunately, it appears to have been stripped and refinished (to the point that the serial number is illegible) with thick clear coat. Everything else about it appears correct and aside from the refinish the overall condition is very good. According to the Vintage Guitar Price Guide in original finish, at the low end of excellent, it would be worth $14,000. I'm just wondering how much a refinish devalues a guitar like this. Also, is it worth pulling the pickguard? Is there likely be anything in the cavity that might provide useful info? And, finally, are there any sites that provide comprehensive info on Flying Vs?
  2. Now I'm even more confused and wondering if mine are replacements...
  3. The bridge on mine. I'm also wondering about the tuners. It has Gibson Deluxe individual ones (as opposed to the six on a strip on my LG-12) and a couple of them look a little askew (high E and D)
  4. Very much the same as that Reverb listing (with the black teardrop pickguard) except the bridge is more like yours (without the two dot inlays). For what it's worth I always thought the D stood for Dreadnaught...
  5. No label at all and it didn't have one when I bought it 2nd hand...
  6. I've got a 1975 Gibson J-50D that I've had for 30 years. I recently came across a listing for one that said it had a spruce top and rosewood back/sides but I always thought the back and sides were mahogany. Does anybody know, for sure, what the standard body woods for this year/model were? Looks like mahogany to me...
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  8. The problem of a pawn shop is that on the one hand the customer assumes we're stupid while the manager assumes that the customer is stupid and there are loads of times when they're both absolutely right...
  9. OK, to finalize this thread. Thanks to all for all your comments, the good the bad and the ugly... I appreciate all the interest you've shown in this topic. Yes, we're a pawn shop, not a music store. The deal was done by the boss' 23 year old son who knows about as much about guitars as he does quantum mechanics. I didn't come into it until I was given the guitar to post for sale on Reverb. I thought it looked suspicious (the Supreme logo looked too awkwardly done to be of the quality one would expect) and since I'm more familiar with Fenders than Gibsons (my only Gibson being a 1970 LG-12) I contacted a Gibson enthusiast friend who suggested it was a fake and that we should check with Gibson, who then confirmed that it was counterfeit. Gibson were very quick to confirm that and, obviously, what we should have done is what they do on Pawn Stars and "called in an expert" before buying it. Gibson have also confirmed that it would be illegal for us to try to sell it as a Gibson and they also suggested that the customer we bought it from may not have known it was a fake so that following up with the police might be a waste of time. They also informed us that we could sell it as long as we obliterated the Gibson logo. And so, maybe the young heir apparent will learn from this experience...or not.
  10. I recently built myself an "Epiphone Casino" using a bolt on neck from an early 70s Japanese Epiphone acoustic and a blank ES335 style body. I decided to make it real simple and gave it one pickup with one volume and one tone pot. The pickup is a Kent Armstrong slimbucker (two terminals which, according to the instructions can be either hot or ground). Once I got it all wired up it played great and sounded good but I found that it was buzzing. Not when I touched the jack plate or the metal Q-Part control knobs. In fact, that's when the buzzing stopped. That's the key; it doesn't buzz when I touch metal but stops buzzing when I do). I grounded the pickup and the jack plug to the back of the volume pot. I also ran a ground wire from there to the bracket that holds the pickguard figuring that would be my body ground. The bridge is not grounded so there is no buzz canceling when it, the strings or tuners are touched. Someone suggested I ground the bridge and so I experimented by running a temporary jumper from the bridge to the pickguard mount but it made no difference. Should I disconnect the pickguard mount and run that ground to the bridge and how would that cancel the buzz? That would also involve removing the bridge to drill a hole to channel the wire so I'd like to know if that should cure the problem before I undertake such a task... Just wondering if anyone could tell me what I might be doing wrong?
  11. .010 is a heavy high? How about SRVs .012? Try bending that like your life depended on it...
  12. Actually, I asked Gibson what course of further action they would recommend and they suggested contacting the person we bought it from to request a refund and that he may not have known it was counterfeit when he bought it. I'm certain he would claim the latter and refuse the former...
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