Gary Moore BFG - pickup mounting ring holes

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I've not noticed before that there are marks around the humbucker on my BFG, and it's been suggested that they could have been the result of filling holes drilled to attach a mounting ring. I bought the guitar new from Thomann back in 2010 and - apart from adding strap locks - have not attempted any mods. Has anyone any idea how these marks could have been made at the factory?
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Sounds like they did not have a CNC program that would rout the top for the pickup slots without the holes to attach the covers...

My 2018 BFG has pickup surrounds...

Here is another close-up photo of a BFG GM, I don't think I can see those same plugged holes:

 
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I've never even thought about it, but how are they mounted? to a plate like p-90s? with shorter screws?
 

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Sounds like the did not have a CNC program that would rout the top for the pickup slots without the holes to attach the covers...

My 2018 BFG has pickup surrounds...

Here is another close-up photo of a BFG GM, I don't think I can see those same plugged holes:
Interesting theory on the CNC program. As with your photo, I've not noticed the marks on any other BFGs [but then again I didn't notice them on my own until someone pointed them out :doh:].
 

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How strange ... Thomann sometimes get special runs / extended runs of models no longer available elsewhere. Maybe this was a guitar made specifically to provide Thomann with additional stock and hence got made a little different?
 

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There seem to be a couple out there with pickup rings. It seems odd that people would feel the need to add them and not mention it when selling on a sig model, and they both still seem to have the pickup mounted in the wood. So could they be original? Perhaps there was some mix up at the factory?

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GIBSON-GARY-MOORE-LES-PAUL-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-2009/202755666080?hash=item2f352df0a0:g:3VgAAOSwvA5dUh-d&LH_ItemCondition=3000

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/gibson-les-paul-gary-moore-signature-251599492
 

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:hmm: Why was this thread moved to “Other Gibson’s”??

A BFG is a Les Paul,....

Seems like it would get more attention in the Les Paul section.
 

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Sounds like the did not have a CNC program that would rout the top for the pickup slots without the holes to attach the covers...
Sounds about right. Trogly on YouTube (no affiliation) posted a video yesterday in which he took the pickguard off of one of the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul juniors with the ugly oversized pickguard. That particular junior has a single humbucker mounted to the pickguard, but under the pickguard, there were screw holes for mounting rings that had been sprayed over.

Best guess is that they're supposed to use a different CNC program for guitars without mounting rings, but sometimes examples like these slip through the cracks.
 

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How strange ... Thomann sometimes get special runs / extended runs of models no longer available elsewhere. Maybe this was a guitar made specifically to provide Thomann with additional stock and hence got made a little different?
Sounds another credible explanation.
 




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