R7 darkback: refin/repair or not?!

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  1. RokkaRolla

    RokkaRolla Member

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    Hey, I need your wisdom, my friends!

    Here is 2010 R7 I really dig, seems to be in great original condition. But the back of the guitar seems to look a lil strange. Black headstock and lighter body. Not a typical darkback R7 that I've ever seen. Possible repair/refin or my paranoia? (posted all pics that I've got).

    Thank you very much indeed!
     
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  2. scott1970

    scott1970 Senior Member

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    Did you just purchase it?
     
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    KenG Senior Member

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    Is the serial number still visible? That's not a stinger so it may be a headstock break that's been covered up!
     
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    No! That back puzzled me.
     
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    Different pics are needed . Full , Straight on shots please .... inside the control cavity would be very helpful also .. Take the guitar out of the case might be a good idea ...
    Also if you get motivated , the pickup cavities might show if a re-fin was done to the top(at least)
    Nice guitar and looks to be in very good condition for a 7 year old Axe ... :cheers:
     
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    The serial looks fine! I was so influenced by the vibe that didn't bother take any pics of it. Looks legit, match COA of course...
     
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    What jamman said. You need a good, close look at the headstock. Personally, seeing that odd blackness in the nitro up there is a bit red light.
     
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    Well if it's not a fake but a repair job, the serial number would be fine.
     
  9. RokkaRolla

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    The axe looks brand new except some buckle rush. Not a fake - smells Gibson from a mile away. Finish is nice and smooth, very Gibsonish. I've been thinking of X-ray- need to go to dentist anyway :)
     
  10. BBD

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    Well, assume some kind of repair to the headstock and go looking for it. The telltale track of a break often shows best in angled light - look down the neck towards the back (and front) of the headstock. Move the guitar around and see if anything shows. Also look at the sides of the headstock very carefully. A bright LED mini torch can be handy for closup peering into what lies beneath the nitro.
     
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    bblooz Senior Member

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    Is this available online, or locally to you? If you can, get a black light to examine the lacquer on the back of the head stock. If online, only purchase with a approval period, allowing a return if it turns out to be a repaired break.

    On the other hand, I happen to like repaired LPs (when priced appropriately). You might be able to pick it up closer to a grand, and it will be an awesome player at that!. Let us know how it works out for you.......
     
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    Locally. I've played it a little and haven't notice anything suspicious. Got to get black light. Thanks!
     
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    Can't offer any usable advice. But i kind of like it. Bit funky but like the colours. If its a guitar to chrrish and play and it feels like it has your name on it and your connected. And the price is right well you k ow the anwser
     
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    I've never seen one with a black head stock unless it was a stinger. Too bad you can't get better pics of the transition area.
     
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    From the other hand I can't
    imagine how to respray a headstock without touching serial # area and leaving no trace. Luthers, correct me if I'm wrong!
     
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    Factory screw up,.....and they didn't bother with a full stinger....misprint serial #?...............that's my guess.
     
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    Misprint sounds cool!
     
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    Why doesn't the seller provide you with what you need? Which is four high resolution close-up shots of the headstock - including the last few inches of the neck:

    - front

    -rear

    - left side

    - right side

    I still think something's off here.
     
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    Hope to do some research tomorrow, including pics and black light.

    Thank you!
     

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