Colour of Red Filler on SG vs. Burst

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by AlexGT, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. AlexGT

    AlexGT Member

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    Aug 4, 2014

    I have a '65 Sg Special and just working on a makeover of a Gibson R0. Does anyone know how the cherry red colour of a '65 SG looks compared to a '59 or early '60 Burst? I think the cherry red of the SG is a bit darker, but I'm not 100% sure.

  2. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Dec 17, 2011
    Even Cherry varies..
    All depends on how much BLUE the painter added.
    In order to get cherry red, there is blue added.
    More blue=darker, less, lighter cherry.
    My '65 Junior has pretty dark cherry, so I'd err on the darker side to be safe. They were darker when they were new, like this one: (NOT a refin!)
    But if you look at older pics of bursts, they're pretty dark, and one thing, up to just a lil but ago, I felt Gibson failed on..the rust colored ones just look fake somewhat. Like they were just red, and not CHERRY red..Seeing darker backs now, which is definitely more vintage correct.

    This one is a great example..
    1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard (#GIE0841)
    The neck was redone by Gibson in the '60's and is pretty dark..but the body has faded quite a bit..

    Bottom line..Cherry is hard to nail perfectly, and may look best being sprayed darker cherry, and fade it to taste!:thumb:

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