Originally Posted by samphoenix
Any more advice would be a great help, any at all, lol
Pics of its current condition would be helpful. Do you know what year it is? Here's a link to the Gibson Serial Number search 1975 to present: Gibson Support - Serial Number Search
For older models, try this site for serial lookup: Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson collecting vintage gibson guitars
Don't try to go for "shiny and new" as much as you want to go for "old and clean." Concentrate only on the parts that are actually in need of refinishing. Try to match colors as close as possible to the existing finish the way it looks now, not the color it was new. For the undamaged sections, just buff them out with some crocus cloth or ultra fine steel wool.
If you need to replace pickguards or other plastics.. SAVE the originals and get high quality remakes. allparts.com is a pretty good source as is partsisparts.com. For nickel or gold plated parts, you'd be surprised at how inexpensive it is to have that stuff re-plated. Any jeweler should be able to help you with that. Brass parts can be buffed out and re-lacquered equally as easy.
If at all possible, DON'T replace any electronics. The pots can be cleaned with Deoxit, Replace capacitors only if they're leaking. If you have to replace.. again KEEP the originals. The pickup switch is always the first to go.. If you need to replace it get an authentic switchcraft.
I'm sure others will have some input for you too. Good luck!