I have found Gibson catered to lefties in 2013, 2017-2020 pretty nicely. The 2017-8 models can be had in lefty or righty in almost every lineup including Explorers and Flying Vs.
Prior to that I think lefties were much more of a limited run for a week or two at the factory.
Turn your guitar tone knobs down to 5. Try it. It’s the cheapest mod you’re ever going to have.
I recommend Vineham 6070s. They are Gibson T Top clones which would be the pickups Used in the 70s.I have personally used those pick ups through an Origin 20 amp and they sound amazing
I think the Pro versions were GC/MF special runs of the LPJ model. Much nicer with proper pickup covers. And someone posted above, the maple necks are the secret weapon. Didn’t realize how much I liked the maple necks until I didn’t have one. Just picked up a 2013 LPJ for $500 because of the...
I just pulled a set from a 2013 LPJ and they only had the Gibson USA stamped onto the metal backing plate. No stickers or date tags. No model info. I measured the output and i’m confident they are the 498/490 combo. I’ve seen SGJ come with stickers on the pickups but the two or three I went...
+1 on the Vineham!! The 6070 is a fantastic T-Top clone. I went with the c6070 for my SG since ‘classic’ T-Tops were the same neck and bridge. He makes a bridge specific model 6070 that’s a touch hotter and works amazing. Craig is a nice guy. He takes about a week to wind and ship his pickups...
Does Richlite require any kind of conditioning like Rosewood? I have a baked maple SG neck and I was told that the fretboard doesn’t need anything like Dunlop oil. Is that true for Richlite?
If Richlite doesn’t require any kind of maintenance other than cleaning I’d see it as an advantage.
Return it. Get another one for $800 they’re a dime a dozen out there, that work and don’t have cosmetic blemishes.
If this was a rare guitar I’d keep it and get it fixed. This is not a rare guitar. They made thousands of these.