Interesting and good to know. Thanks!Don't worry it isn't a copper bridge.
I worked in a plating plant many moons ago. The bare metal would get a copper coat then (sometimes) nickle coat then the chrome.
FWIW chrome plate is clear. The shiny color comes from the nickle or other layers beneath.
Les Paul Standard 60s comes stock with nickel plated hardware. And the hardware in the pic looks like nickel to me.What your ABR1 is showing is not common? I agree about plating being copper 1st then nickel and finished in chrome but the chrome being the very hardest in this process followed by nickel also being VERY HARD compared to copper, it's very unusual to see chrome wear thru the nickel and exposing the copper? There must have been something on the aluminum bridge surface or the copper plating that made the weak fault in your plating? That place on the bridge is not a common high traffic spot as to wear?
I misspoke about it being chrome. So either way, if it's nickel plated, is the copper color underneath just plating also? This is natural play wear from the past few months.Les Paul Standard 60s comes stock with nickel plated hardware. And the hardware in the pic looks like nickel to me.
OP either misspoke about it being chrome, or he replaced the hardware with heavily "aged" chrome. Depending on the "aging" process they may have broken through the chrome in places, and then natural aging wore through the nickel to reveal the copper.
Yes, the copper is just the base plating.I think the wear is quite common, just wasn't sure why I was seeing copper.
I misspoke about it being chrome. So either way, if it's nickel plated, is the copper color underneath just plating also? This is natural play wear from the past few months.
Possibly. Ever since I purchased it back in June I've put a serious amount of hours on it.Yes, the copper is just the base plating.
Gibson doesn't specify whether the LPS60's has a zink/Zamak or aluminum bridge (so it's probably zink/Zamak).
Copper is very soft (so is pure aluminum, but most "aluminum" guitar parts are actually aluminum alloys that are harder/stronger than copper). I'm not aware of any ABR made of copper.
From the mottled look of the rest of the bridge and the top of the mounting post, I'd guess that you have very acidic sweat.
Looks like OP's is a 60's Standard ($2500)... not a RI.It doesn't read like the OP changed this part that came original on his RI LP and I agree it should be nickel if it is an RI from Gibson but still think the place where the copper is showing thru is not a typical wear spot for "aging". This is a Gibson issue and that is who I'd contact with this problem. Considering what they charged for this guitar I think the LEAST they could do is send the buyer a replacement ABR1 and if they feel "put out" they should provide a prepaid return for the ABR1 that is showing the plating problem?
Definitely the Standard 60's and definitely A LOT of time on this thing since mid-June.Looks like OP's is a 60's Standard ($2500)... not a RI.
But I agree that unless he's put a loy of time on it, or his skin is very acidic, we shouldn't see that kind of wear in a few months.