NGD: Aged Gibson R9

Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by Geordie, Dec 7, 2017 at 2:11 PM.

  1. Geordie

    Geordie Member

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    Ok....so technically not a new guitar day because I traded my Marc Bolan LP to a forum member in the summer time for this beauty of a R9. I was hesitant because the Bolan was very nice but the neck wasn’t as thick as I like and you all know how it goes...anyways... This R9 was then then sent to Gord Millers Vintage Guitar Restoration in BC to get it accurately aged to look like a well played but not abused original burst. The wait time was approximately 3 months and he added Montreux knobs. I think the finish product looks great, legitimately old. All pictures taken with my iPhone and no filter. Hard to get all the details but I hope you get the picture. If you are a member of guitarscanada you may have seen me post this but just wanted to show this forum the finish product. Also, if your not into aged guitars let it slide as I don’t want this to become a debate. Thanks.
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    Looks nice! Congrats!
     
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    Congrats! Love the open and covered pickups combination.
     
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    Love it!

    #addictedtoporn
     
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    I like what was done to the rings....

    Nice top...

    I have some criticisms.....

    When aging, one should think about the time that passes between dings....I know it sounds ludicrous that I even saw this....but each and every ding looks like the wood is the same color underneath.....as if they were done at the same time...and that takes a bit away from the authenticity .....

    I don't think I would have noticed if it weren't for extreme close-ups....

    Rub some filth in there .....maybe a little bore oil to darken it up some.....

    I had to do some "extra" aging on the CC#7 I have, because it was seriously out of balance that way.
     
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    That's awesome! Congrats indeed and enjoy!
     
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    Nice one.

    I looked at the pictures first before reading, and immediately I could tell it was Gord Miller's work, then looked at what you wrote just to see if his name was mentioned, lo and behold, I was right!
     
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    Thanks for the comments guys. It looks awesome in person. And SCt13 I hear you and have already addressed that. Thanks!
     
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    Great looking I love it.
     
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    This is my #1 complaint with aged guitars. Fender is a bit better than Gibson in this respect but the differences you speak of are still apparent.

    I also notice the 'edge wear' leading into a chip along with the darkness. The edges of the finish as they move into an older (and darker) chip are usually polished down and not as prominent as a new (lighter in color) chip.

    Not to derail, sorry. Not knocking the OPs aging on his guitar. I'm just stating what I've noticed that stood out before on aged guitars in general.
     
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    Excellent!

    Got pics?
     
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    Here is a pic when I first got it, The TRC is brand spanking new ....and the Grovers are fresh out of their packaging...(wrong year too, modern)

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    And After some mild abrasive (micromesh) and very little too....just a few light scratches and a mild mild haze so that it matches the overall appearance. And some real "milkbottle" Grovers from about 1960...

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    In this photo I had already add the Throwback Covers that I aged, and the pickguard that I aged, and the Rings I was slowly developing, the switchtip is from a 1960 Gibson....not a les paul ....but look at the Bridge, (nearly new) and the TP again nearly new...

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    In this much later pic, you can see the TP I aged by fuming it, and putting it in a can of rocks and shaking it once or twice. and I fumed and waxed the bridge.

    I have done a bunch more ....but I guess I stopped photographing it .....I aged the knobs a while back and....guess what? Its got real playwear now!!

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    Looks great Sct13! Those parts, bridge, tailpiece, etc... will continue to age over play and time and look even better!!
     
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    @Geordie , that is gorgeous. I love the color on the burst, especially. The aging looks great too - do you know if Gord applies something to make the checking pop like that? I interviewed Joe Bonamassa a little while back for a feature story, and he mentioned making what he called a "slurry" out of Coca-Cola, dirt and a few other substances, to rub into surface checking to make it look more authentic. I have natural weather checking on my No. 1 LP, but it's barely visible most of the time (which is fine with me; I'm content to let it come out naturally). Yours really pops, and I'm curious if part of Gord's process is to "dirty" it up a bit.

    Beautiful instrument, congrats!
     

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