Might be hard to see from that angle, here's a different pic of the same guitar. Chunks of finish have already fallen off the headstock diamond. AFAIK this is definitely not intentional, especially not on ultra light aged ones.
I found these pics on digimart, and these are from the mega retailers like Kurosawa. Ultra light aged & brand new. So yes, Japan definitely got defective ones, and from the earliest batch too. It's certainly not the majority so these stick out like a sore thumb. I don't think the issue has blown...
Yup. Same thing with Fender custom shop and their stenciled relic patterns. These bigger companies have too high of a production volume to do anything too time consuming.
I think I saw someone suggesting industrial freezers. At Gibson's scale, probably very un-economical and a huge waste of...
Looks like the non cherry models flake too.
ML ultra light aged B7 flaking on headstock diamond
Dealer pic, brand new.
They sure perfected the art of accelerated aging, literally. Ultra light (durability)
Maple cap w/ veneer. AFAIK it's always been that way for the Diamond series stuff. You probably won't get a figured maple top unless you go USA custom shop. Some of the pricier Japanese models have real figured tops too.
Here's my '06 Exotic, you can clearly see the maple cap on the 'hog body...
Tbh at this point you're getting more guitar & better craftsmanship for your buck with the '70s historic reissues.
Sure they seem like afterthoughts compared to the '50s reissues and many features are flat out inaccurate (long tenon and hide glue joint - really?) but hey, some of these incorrect...
Got a 2004 '57 RI (profile pic), mine sounds a bit more immediate and with less overtones compared my R8.
2019 and newer models have unpotted custombuckers, which you might not like if you play higher gain stuff too.
Yup, 2016 serial number format for 2014 spec historics. And then there were the Historic Selects with the HS serials (HS8, HS9, ...), which were basically True Historics (complete with double carve, wet sanding, rolled fingerboard binding and all) with non standard colours. Well, anything other...
I'm all for it. Don't see the incentive for Gibson to do it though.
I don't in the slightest think the non historic LPC is built in the custom shop because of quality, it's probably because they can get away with the inflated pricing. Remember, this decision was made during the HJ era.
I find most PAF repros to sound like they're overcompensating for people with hearing loss (especially the treble) or for low volume use. I kinda suspected CBs were designed for home use too, this confirms it.
It's well documented that factory specs for PAFs were, quite frankly, boring...
What's funny is that in the used market, factory aged guitars too are valued in proportion to how well preserved they are, because appraisers continue getting better at identifying post factory wear.
It was only a matter of time before Gibson pulled another True Historic, but I'm surprised it came this early.
The heavy aged ones are what, $10K? The chance Tom Murphy actually worked on them are close to zero, lmao
If budget isn't a concern the Axcess custom is another option. It's a very shred oriented LP custom.
Thinner body, belly cut, slim neck profile and contoured neck heel.
Dunno man, you sound pretty mental yourself.
For someone who hates and distrusts Gibson so much you sure seem obsessed with them.
One minute you're on a tirade, another you're willing to overlook blemishes because muh freedom. lol wut
Even regular MIC Epis have the long tenon as well now, imo it's an almost joke feature used to distinguish others Gibsons from historics (mainly). The regular, non historic Gibson Les Paul Custom used to have the short tenon, since ebony fretboards were reintroduced in 2019 it got upgraded with...