Not easy to tell from those pictures, but looks fake to me.
Fretboard inlays look of the cheap plastic variety you see on fakes.
Tuner alignment is sloppy as hell, it wouldn't even make it trough Gibsons QC and that means something.
Looks great. If you're looking for a guitar from that era, it's within your budget and you can check it out in person I would check it out for sure.
Hardwear looks really clean, it's not impossible but it could mean they are not original parts.
Might want to pop out the humbuckers to check...
Sorry for this slightly off-topic question. Looking to sell some stuff but haven't been following the market in a while. I remember early in the covid pandemic prices skyrocketed even more than they were already doing in the past few years before covid. Now nearly 1,5 years later, what's...
Lots of real oldschool collectors in Japan. They value the old stuff like it's fine art. This might be a players grade guitar to our eyes but it might end up in a climate controlled vault in Japan, some of those guys are nuts.
Some interesting information there!
My H2O2 isn't very potent, it's just some grocery store stuff. Two days in sunlight didn't really have effect.
Next step was H2O2 + heat. I tried 150F and this had a noticable effect! It did however also have a noticable effect on the shape and dimension of...
Nitro or something else?
I guess when you mix it in the white and later when the clear also yellows with age, you'll get an even darker yellow/orange color than you would see on vintage guitars.
I think you have more control when you mix it in the clear, to get that cream color it really is...
I tried bleach first. At first no noticable effect but after a few days in a dilluted bleach bath there is some noticable difference.I guess it's about halfway to the desired color. Heading to the store for some H2O2 now, hopefully I get better results.
I kinda lost interest during the seasons with Peter Capaldi.
The show had some good story arcs, some of which grew quite dark and philosophical, loved it though.
With the introduction of Peter Capaldi they also went a new direction with writing, that to me felt more "easy to watch, wholesome...
Most special runs, including early reissues, had a different serial number format, even in those days. This looks like a regular serial number format to me. I've never seen full gold either.
My first thought would be a refinish, but it is also possible it's a special run I've just never seen before.
Bridge looks like an upgrade to me.
Overall they're not so different from current day Les Pauls.
I really don't know about the neck profile, it's something you need to ask the seller. At some point they started offering 50's and 60's neckprofiles (fat and slim), but I have no idea when this...
I'd never pay to have a guitar reliced.
A relic guitar is like a painting, you like it or you don't. If you pay for one to be made, you don't know how it will turn out. You dont give a blanc canvas to a painter and say "heres 3000 bucks paint me something nice" do you? You buy a painting that is...
What would we need to know for sure?
Resistance value, magnet material? So unless the magnet is clearly ceramic, you cant tell from just looking I guess.
What if the catalog says u-4000, is it possible?