Gibson Les Paul Custom refinish

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  1. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    Hello,
    I just bought a black 1987 Les Paul Custom. It has NUMEROUS nicks and gouges from what would appear to be a belt buckle and it looks really rough. I have read that refinishing a Les Paul is blasphemy. What are some people's opinions. Value isn't really that important to me as I am going to keep this for the rest of my life I think. Also cost is not an issue as my uncle is a custom wood worker and will do it for free. Thanks a lot!
     
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  2. The Refugee

    The Refugee Senior Member

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    My opinion? It isn't my guitar, so you shouldn't care about my opinion.

    If you don't like the wear on the guitar, then get it refinished. Just know that you'll have to keep doing it if you intend to actually play the guitar, as playing it would accumulate more and more scrapes and dings as time goes on.
     
  3. joedonner2001

    joedonner2001 Senior Member

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    You said it. Now don't do it.

    How about some pics so we can see?
     
  4. Lurko

    Lurko Senior Member

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    Guitars are not chairs. Consider long and hard before refinishing one.
     
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  5. Kezman

    Kezman Senior Member

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    I don't think you'll keep it for the rest of your life.
    This is how it will play out........................
    I think you'll play it for awhile until you see something else that catchers your fancy,
    And if you don't have the funds for the new eye catcher, you will sell the Custom to satisfy your Les Paul Hunger!
     
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  6. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    Picture is tough to tell but these nicks are pretty much all over and you can fit your fingernail in each one.

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  7. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    you are so right but I am in love right now.
     
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  8. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    what the **** could possibly have made nicks like that, a fingernail? a screwdriver?
     
  9. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    the nicks all over the back are from a belt buckle apparently. I dont know about the front. maybe he was f&#$ing it
     
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    acstorfer Senior Member

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    It's your guitar. You should do anything you want to it to maximize your enjoyment of it. What color are you thinking?
     
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    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    You bought it so you must have either liked it the way it was or planned on a refinish from the beginning. It's got character from what ever the previous owner did to it and if you like it like that fine if not refinish.
     
  12. Lurko

    Lurko Senior Member

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    Note that I didn't say "don't do it." it's your guitar, just know that you'll kill the resale value by making the guitar non original. Go to CL or eBay and compare prices on refins with non refin beaters. Still, your guitar, do as you wish and good luck!
     
  13. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    I want to keep it black and perhaps just get scuffs out
     
  14. GibsonMarshallGuy

    GibsonMarshallGuy Senior Member

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    It really depends on how it's done. A refinish doesn't automatically bring the value of a guitar down... If you get it down by a Gibson certified luthier you won't even be able to tell it was a refinish...

    OP, why should you care what others think..?
     
  15. TKOjams

    TKOjams Senior Member

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    Find a pro and get it done right. Resale value be damed, some people like beatup Pauls, some don't. Do whatever makes you happy, it your guitar after all.
     
  16. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    I can't find many refinishes I assume it's because most people don't do them. thanks for the advice
     
  17. chadmuskoka

    chadmuskoka Junior Member

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    I am not asking because I care what people think I was just wondering people's experience and just get some opinions is all. I guess a local luthier who does really nice work but not necessarily with guitars is not a good idea?
     
  18. TKOjams

    TKOjams Senior Member

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    May I suggest Freddy G here on forun. He does amazing refinishes:thumb:
     
  19. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Senior Member

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    I take it you gots it on the cheap ?

    Id leave it - especially a black custom.

    if it's from the 70's id imagine from the looks of it owner had one of those thick leather straps with the huge buckles on. I was given one and that's caused some very similar dents and chips in the front of mine when I've been careless.
     
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    02589 Senior Member

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    It's a black guitar. It will have scratches. Getting it redone now would only be temporary. I know posers are concerned about things like that.

    My opinion...leave the mojo as it is.
     

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