HI everyone. This is my first post. I actually made this account just to get some advice and tips and to ask a question about my guitar. I have a gibson custom Lp that was made in 2006. I purchased it used. It was in, id say 7/10 condition. Its ebony and had gold hardware. The hardware itself was in bad condition. it was really tarnished and faded. It seemed like the previous owner never wiped it down or took care of it. Im ok with the color fading but it just looked gross. It didn't have that classy ware i like to see in older lps. I tried cleaning up the gunk, but as i did a lot of the gold that was left was rubbed off too. I ended up deciding to convert all the hardware to nickel. I used all original Gibson parts down to each screw. It looks so much better now. I also installed 496r and 500t hum humbuckers. As far as sound and looks its a beast. So heres my question. After going through all of that, and being that we are talking about a custom shop here with the (OH SO BELOVED EBONY) fretboard, did i ruin the collectability or value of the guitar? Also as far as serial numbers go, if the serial is looked up would you be able to tell that it was supposed to have gold hardware? I guess I'm just wondering now if i messed with something that shouldn't have been messed with.