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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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. .010 is a heavy high? How about SRVs .012? Try bending that like your life depended on it...
  11. 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...
  12. As a transplanted Brit I would say, don't bother. Just my tuppence but MG's and MGB's were cool, classic British sports cars but they have a reputation for unreliability unless they've been religiously maintained and serviced. And I'm not so sure about the ready availability of spare parts.
  13. Karloff and Black Dog; I like the way you guys think... For what it's worth, we paid $500 for it and a Behringer Ultrabass amp (worth about $115)... The one thing this experience has taught us is if anyone else ever comes in with a suspicious looking Gibson (and this one looked way too good to be true since the serial number made it 13 years old) we'll shoot some pix and email them off to Gibson. They responded within ten minutes!
  14. OK, let me try this here... Earlier this week the shop I work at bought, what we thought was, a Gibson Les Paul Supreme. This morning we were informed that it was a Chinese counterfeit and that was subsequently confirmed by Gibson. Since it would appear that it's illegal to sell such things the question we now have is what can and what should we do with it and about it? I assume that we can't sell it but can we give it away? Should we report the person who sold it to us to the police or the FBI?
  15. A few days ago the shop I work at bought what appeared to be a Gibson Les Paul Supreme. This morning one of our customers informed us that it was a fake, made in China. We contacted Gibson, attached photos, and they replied, rather instantly, that it was counterfeit and explained how it was so. The question now is, what do we do with it? We can't sell it. Apparently, it's illegal to do so. We do have the name and address of the person who sold it to us. Can we report them to the police, the FBI???
  16. I have a 1970 Gibson LG-12 that I acquired a few months ago. The tuners had been spray painted gold (with overspray to the headstock) and it had some old somewhat crudely repaired damage to the sound board that looked as if someone had once tried to install electronics which is why I got it as cheaply as I did ($150). The first thing I did was clean the tuners and put new strings on it (medium/light electric Ernie Balls). It played easy and sounded good but then I decided to replace the wood bridge saddle with a bone one before putting on a set of medium gauge acoustic strings. At that stage I found the action was way too high and so I tightened the truss rod. But it was still too high even though I'd set the saddle as low as I could. That's when I noticed that the lower bout (where the original damage was) was bellying up causing the bridge to rise and that the old repaired cracks were opening. I've tried taking photos with my phone but they don't clearly illustrate what's going on. The first two show the original crude repairs (dowels supporting the soundboard?) And so, my question is what are my options? Will I need to completely replace the soundboard or what? Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated.
  17. Thank You! That certainly helps to determine the age, at the very least. Now, if only there was some way to determine the model...
  18. I've got a Gibson banjo with the following numbers inside the rim; 4-2522-157 Aside from the Gibson logo on the headstock I can't find any other indications of what model this might be or how old it is. Anybody have any ideas?
  19. Trying to pin down a date for a Flying V that appears to have been refinished (making the serial number nearly impossible to see): Since I can just make out the Made in USA and the volute looks post 1970 that's what I'm assuming; that it's 1970 or later. The serial number looks to be 5 digits, maybe 53674 or 23674. Are there any other ways of telling?
  20. I've got a '68 ES345 listed for sale online with an asking price of $4500 and I've just received an offer for $3800. According to various price guides the range for this is $3500-$4500. I don't know if that range is for poor to excellent or what but the one I have is what I'd call fair to good. No damage but lots of finish checking, oxidized hardware and nearly worn out fret wire. Electronics are fine and everything, as far as I know, is original (including the case). I'm inclined to accept the offer but wonder if anyone thinks it's worth holding out for more?
  21. The doweling doesn't look professional enough to be stock. Definitely playing a part with that soundboard damage as support or something... The bridge has that "halo" around it as if it was reglued, as well. Thanks for the suggestions but I'm not in the UK right now and, besides, anything that much fun I'd rather do it myself. I've refinished solid body electrics but never an acoustic. Wondering whether sanding the soundboard, to start, or scrub it with some steel wool and solvent to get it even...? Yes, it is easy to get excited by something so challenging and so much fun, isn't it?
  22. There are two dowels; one beneath the bridge and one beneath the damage to the soundboard. I need to find a small mirror to get a better look at the inside to see what's going on. I didn't even notice them until I put the strings on. The neck is good. The most comfortable 12 string I've played. Decent amount of fret wire left; a little dressing and polishing wouldn't hurt. Fret board is worn but I've seen a lot worse (including my old Epiphone 6830E). It tunes up and stays in tune and has a nice, bright parlor guitar kinda tone with not a lot of bottom (although, I suppose heavier strings at the bottom would help). Other than the tuners and the soundboard damage it appears solid. And old... And I like that refinishing idea. But the real question at this stage is...where to begin? BTW, Jinder, an old mate from uni plays the occasional gig with his band down your Dorset way...Flashmob?
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