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    Different sort of MIJ NGD

    Yeah, those are super cool. Seems like the prices have been crazy for quite a few years now.
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    The Other Single-Cuts Classifieds (read the rules before posting)

    PSA: plaintop cherryburst Aria Pro II near Milwaukee. It's not mine; I just happened to see it while browsing CL. At that price I'd definitely give that a shake if I was in the market for an LP.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    This is the first time I've heard of the LC110. That must be a rare bird.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    Keep an eye on the classifieds thread in this forum. It's not as active as it once was, and if you're looking for something specific it may take a long time for something that checks all the boxes to come up (and I don't recall ever seeing a Shigeru model), but the prices are generally good and...
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    Somebody more knowledgeable than me will have to answer that one. I bought most of my MIJs here, and that was a while ago.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    It means the body will be made of multiple (two, probably) slices of mahogany sandwiched together on the axis parallel with the guitar's top. It's the same way that Gibson was building guitars at the time. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it, but it's not how the original Gibsons were made.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    Indeed. I wouldn't kick one out of bed though.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    Seems that the Shigeru Narumo models lack the multi-ply front and rear body binding that you'd get on a real Custom, plus they have a belly carve. I assume you are aware of this and OK with it.
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    Are there ebony fretboards on japanese vintage guitars?

    Ebony and MOP is a tough combination to get in a vintage MIJ. Wulfman sold me an LC100 that has them (plus the correct split diamond headstock inlay to boot), which I treasure. They're not common. I think the aforementioned Greco is a bit more common but still expensive these days. If I were in...
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    Some new MIJ ES-335s (Argus and Burny)

    On looks alone, the Argus is the one that grabs me there. I'm not really into the whole relic thing, but I find honestly acquired play wear to have a unique charm.
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    so how does the old wood sound?

    That seems plausible. Careful drying is another reason that golden age Les Pauls tended to be light. One of the reasons the Norlin-era Les Pauls were so notoriously heavy is that the bean counters didn't care about those considerations and would just use whatever.
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    so how does the old wood sound?

    Another thing to consider is that, without having the numbers handy, I'm confident that Gibson was producing FAR fewer guitars back in the old days than they do now, so they probably had the luxury of being choosier about their lumber.
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    1970s Japanese "Nitro"?

    Back in the old days, Gibson simply used nitro because that's what was available at the time. People associated that look and feel with quality and began to demand it of nicer instruments, even though it's probably an incidental factor. Personally, I don't put much stock into the marketing that...
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    Edwards prices lately, crazy?

    A '56 style popped up on my local CL and the guy was asking a grand, which I thought was a bit much considering it had Bigsby holes.


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