NGD '58 Lightly Aged

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  1. DanD

    DanD Senior Member

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    Well I finally put my mitts on it. This one came from MF and is two serial numbers higher (8 7571) than the highest repurposed CC29 I've seen at WW (8 7569). Appears to have been pulled from the aging station before Gibson finished the process. Seems Gibson were adamant about stopping the production on these as in right now.

    Officially dubbed Tea Burst I suspect that the final step in the TH process is a few coats of yellowed amber for the head stock and bindings to give that aged almost too yellowed TH appearance. I'm guessing also that that the yellow tint would have left this one looking like all the other repurposed CC29s once a few coats were applied to this top.

    I'm not big on aging especially when it destroys half the finish on the back like this CC model did. The aging here is rather subtle as far as dings and dents go but the checking is pretty f'n awesome.

    ..this is the end of the NGDs for me for a while. :facepalm:
    Without further ado:

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    And a couple of the aged case:

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    Sorry about the less than quality shots, it's colder than a witches tit outside!
     
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  2. rich85

    rich85 Senior Member

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    Awesome!

    What the hell happened with CC29??
     
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  3. DanD

    DanD Senior Member

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    My best guess is Gibson made them in advance and then didn't receive any orders for them.

    I saw a couple at a few dealers but not many outside of Japan.

    Plain top '59s at CC pricing was probably a tough sale.
     
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    Beauty
     
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    That is too cool. The checking is fantastic.
     
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  6. Nippon

    Nippon You looking at me? Premium Member

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    The aging looks good. Not over the top.
     
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    Delicious for sure! Congrats—2017 seems to be a good year for you:cheers:

    Would they really add layers of lacquer on THs though? That would go against the whole story about the ultra-thin finish. I assumed the top coat itself is just a darker, amber color.
     
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  8. DanD

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    Check this video. It shows the final yellow/ amber coat going on the TH models. At 15 minutes Edwin Wilson speaks about the TH differences. Tom Murphy speaks about the finishing and shows the paint process afterward.

    My aged model actually feels like it may need another layer or three of lacquer. The clear coat is barely there and the dings and nicks have bare wood showing. That final light yellow tinting step (the finish is 'fogged' on in the video) would've sealed those wear marks. Each of these painting steps adds very little paint. Compared to 8 7562 (the first repurposed CC 29 I bought) 8 7571 feels naked in hand.

    There is definitely more paint on 8 7562. You can actually feel it in the way of a more sticky surface on the tinted paint of 8 7562.

    The aged model is really pretty 'raw' in comparison to 8 7652. I'm leaning towards thinking that Gibson should have added a couple more layers of clear or tinted lacquer to the aged model.
     
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  9. DanD

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    Also, note the back side head stock pic above and the bare wood showing. Compare that to other aged CCs and you'll notice the 'bare' wood on 8 7571 is lighter. Other CCs got that thin amber top coat which makes those bare wood areas appear darker. :hmm:
     
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    why are they scraping the binding at 0:28? I often heard that the binding gets scraped, but I don't know why. Is there still a layaer of laquer staying on it, or is it scraped completely?
     
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    What was CC #29 supposed to be?
     
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    Beautiful.
     
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  13. DanD

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    They scrape the color off. Then shoot clear over the whole body and binding on the Standards.
    On the THs they shoot amber on the body and binding.
     
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  14. DanD

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    CC 29 is Tamio Akuda's '59. He's a Japanese player. Pretty obscure player to most Americans. I'm guessing that obscurity didn't help sell this model outside of Japan. There was lots of interest among Japanese dealers tho.
     
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    ah, OK. I thought they scrape the clearcoat/amber off too.
     
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    Nice!

    I love my aged guitars~!
     
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  17. DanD

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    This is my first aged Gibson and my second aged guitar. I got a closet classic Tele and really like the fact that there were no dings or bare wood showing.

    I really wish Gibson would do some checked only guitars. This ' lightly aged ' model was the closest I could find.

    I'm still on the fence as to what level of aging I like best between the two. I'm leaning towards closet classic but this lightly aged '58 is growing on me. ;)
     
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    Looks nice. Congrats!
     
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    Me too :)

    Mind you, such things do not find their way across the Atlantic to these (UK) shores... :(
     
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    FWIW, the best aging I have ever seen on a Les Paul / Replica is actually being done in England.

    So you should be..............:)...........instead of :(...............;)

    :cheers2:
     

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