Headstock Inlay

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  1. Razzle

    Razzle Senior Member

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    This is from a 1991 LP, and I have every reason to believe it is a legit gibby.

    But this inlay just doesn’t seem right, did they do this bad a job on the inlay?

    What do you guys think?

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  2. ClashCityRocker

    ClashCityRocker Senior Member

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    It's common. It's often mistaken as the finish lifting from the mother of pearl but it's actually (most of the time) the finish checking around the inlays (the mother of pearl shrinks and expands with temperature fluctuations at a different rate than the rest of the headstock/the top overlay).
    They good news it won't get any worse and lots of others have it too, especially on acoustics.
     
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  3. ClashCityRocker

    ClashCityRocker Senior Member

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    You can have the headstock face resprayed if it reeeeallly irritates you but I'd leave it as is. I bought a used ES-355 and while most of the guitar was in great shape, it was 12 years old and had the same thing going on as yours. Somewhat like a placebo effect, it didn't bother me once I knew it could be resprayed and fixed - even though I didn't intent to.
    Almost every Custom and 355 I've seen older than 10 years gets this all around the diamond inlays on the headstock as well. It just happens.
     
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    PierM Premium Member

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    Those are hand trimmed, so in general it's normal to see that kind of outer trimming, but in that specific case I see that this could be a headstock refin, where you typically have to sand the headstock face, then you trim an adhesive on top of the Gibson logo (all those marks on top of it) to protect the Logo before the black respray. Not just that, that Les Paul looks a decal to me, instead of a silkscreen, which has virtually no edges visible.
    Just a guess looking at that picture. I could be wrong.
     
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    Mine is the same. Just not as severe.
     
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    Legit. Just more evidence of Gibson being stuck using an inferior finish, due to tradition and customer demand.

    Here's mine (1987)

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    Not the finish that's the problem (how many '50s LPs have you seen with this issue?). It's how they're prepped.
     
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    There are 1950's Gibsons without finish cracks?
     
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    I'm referring specifically to the headstock inlay.

    Not too many (I've never seen any, anyway) '50s Gibsons, with that particular issue.
     
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    A couple of mine have this as well.
     
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    Fixed to take into account of the vast majority opinion
     
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    Some in BOTB. But there is so much other checking that sometimes it gets lost.
    Plus there was a move to a different type of veneer and mounting/thickness of the logo almost as soon as the LP was re-introduced. So the way the 2 interact is different. The way the logo has reacted in the headstock is consistent from that date
    And yes, the 'silkscreen' is now a waterslide decal unless you have a RI
     
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