Looks like they strengthened the neck at the factory. How's the regular neck grain look? Might have looked suspect and they fixed it rather then tossing it.
Hold the camera further back and zoom in if you have to. Also go into a room with a lot of light. The graininess is caused by the camera compensating for the low light.
"1998 Les Paul, all mahogany, from the custom shop" is what I was told. There was a decent amount of tarnish on the gold bits, so the age is definitely believable.
Does that happen? Extra bracing?
The grain looks fine to be, but I don't know what's what in that department.
Man, bummer. Well I did send Gibson a message about this, so we'll see what they say.
What do you guys think the resale value on this is, to informed people like yourselves?
I'm just trying to gauge if I like a 'not so great deal' or 'ripped off'.