I've discussed the inaccuracies of Gibson refins MANY times publicly on guitar forums for years...maybe decades.
Oh, and I can replicate the patina of 50 years of "gassing off" (your description, not mine) in a day.
Aging? that's another matter. VERY few get that right. The more aging...
It's not that it's not available...it's that no one has determined the correct formula.
I know more about colorants than any refin guy I know...and I bitch about the same details over and over...and they completely dismiss my observations.
That is 100% factually incorrect. I know of no one who is using the correct lacquer.
The HM Goldtop (color was fine) they sprayed for me, had about the most stupid looking checking as could possibly be.
Got an explanation for that?
I do, wrong stuff.
That's not really wear per se, it's cellular colapse of the wood. No one has been able to explain why it happens on some guitars and not others. The near mint DC Bigsby Burst Gilvis bought a few years ago had it....again....inexplicable.
Had a visit with Joe at the Nerdville East (Nashville) location and took a few signs for the collection. He pulled out the Johnny B Burst for a spin. As usual, Joe was as gracious a host as you could expect.
Challenging to shoot at night....but an incredible sight to see. Same idea, but...