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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 a
  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
  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 to
  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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