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Hey friends, I bought Les Paul Standard in 2016, I always kept my Guitar in temp and humidity controlled environment with my other classic and electric guitars. When I was changing my strings I realized that paint started to crack as line, I assume this is the top layer of the body. I feel super sad. Do you have any idea?  Is that something that I consider as a normal, or should I start worrying about it, and do something, any recommendation. I don't know if there is a factory defect or manufacturing problem with 2016 series. Thank you.

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Wouldn't feel bad or worry about this.  It's not a defect, it's just what solid finish Gibsons do.  It shouldn't get much worse so long as you continue to take care of the guitar.  I highly doubt that you'll see finish start chipping off if you are taking care of it like you said.  And something like this wouldn't even be a deal breaker if you ever wanted to sell it.  So rest assured, nothing functionally gonna go wrong because of what you're seeing.  As guitars get older, they are gonna show their age, especially if they are played. 

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@NighthawkChrisThanks for the explanation, I feel much better now. I can understand that solid finish on wood surface could cause some issues in time, that's totally normal. I wasn't sure why it was looking like a line of crack, I don't know the exact body layers of Les Pauls. I thought it could be a glue issue between layers. Thanks again.

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@kargausa you said you bought the LP in 2016. This guitar wasn’t made in 2016, correct? Just curious when it was built. The serial number should be able to give you an idea when it was made. So if it’s a bit older guitar all the more reason this is how it’s gonna age. Nitrocellulose finishes won’t last forever unfortunately. Just keep it clean with a soft cloth rag and should look good for many years to come. 

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Quick update, just talked with Gibson customer service they asked me to send it to them for warranty evaluation. I’m glad they stay behind their products. I’ll update here friends. Thanks for the help again.

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It looks like what you're seeing is the seam from where the maple cap meets the reset of the body. 

The binding was not contoured to match that seam, some years it wasn't, some years it was.

But it's good to have it looked at if you are at all concerned about it.  Let us know how the story ends.

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52 minutes ago, kidblast said:

It looks like what you're seeing is the seam from where the maple cap meets the reset of the body. 

The binding was not contoured to match that seam, some years it wasn't, some years it was.

But it's good to have it looked at if you are at all concerned about it.  Let us know how the story ends.

My 1994 LP Standard has the binding covering the seam in question here. So yes to confirm about some years using thicker binding strip around this cap. 

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1 minute ago, NighthawkChris said:

My 1994 LP Standard has the binding covering the seam in question here. So yes to confirm about some years using thicker binding strip around this cap. 

yep  exactly chris.

I have 2 standards,, my 95 yes, my 2002 no.. 

 

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