Les paul custom trim

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Hey guys was just wondering I have 2 les paul customs 1 is a 92 the other is a 2021 I also have a 2003 studio in wine red with gold trim. The studio has an orange kind of gold trim which to me is more to what gold trim should be where as the customs I have are more yellow like brass. My question is why didn't they use the more orange gold trim on the customs it looks so much ritcher in my eyes and much nicer.
 

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^ I think plating is what he is talking about......and the fact that he is expecting Gibson not only to read his mind, but tailor their entire range merely to suit his taste.
 
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I had a 2017 Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Yellow Widow Burst, a 1 of 10 with the yellow binding. The headstock Gibson logo and Diamond were also Yellow.

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Ya they can’t get plastics matching.

Are you talking about the hardware? Bridge, pickup rings, tuner?

The gold ages and changes throughout its life.
 

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Ya they can’t get plastics matching.

Are you talking about the hardware? Bridge, pickup rings, tuner?

The gold ages and changes throughout its life.
Real gold doesn't age, tarnish or change. 5000 year old mummy's tomb gold looks the same when they dig it up as when it went in.

There are differences in the various golds used for plating. For example, 24K gold ("chinese gold") will usually be a deeper oranger gold than 18K plating.
 

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^ I think plating is what he is talking about......and the fact that he is expecting Gibson not only to read his mind, but tailor their entire range merely to suit his taste.
i think he's actually talking about the hardware.
 
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I’m not sure what the properties of pure gold and Egyptian artifacts have to do with pot metal and fake gold plating.
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If we are talking about gold hardware on the Les Paul customs it will vary quite a bit based on the age of the guitar and how much someone has played it. I think the historic and VOS guitars seem to come with slightly aged gold hardware.

Personally I love it when it looks more worn and almost completely gone.

If you want a really nice new gold look, buy new hardware, it’s not really super expensive to do so. Just please don’t get gold pickup rings. They are almost always gross!
 

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^ I think plating is what he is talking about......and the fact that he is expecting Gibson not only to read his mind, but tailor their entire range merely to suit his taste.
Lol why not I'm sure many would hope on board
 

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Ya they can’t get plastics matching.

Are you talking about the hardware? Bridge, pickup rings, tuner?

The gold ages and changes throughout its life.
The bridge, pickup covers, tuners and tail peace.
 
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Lol why not I'm sure many would hope on board
Why?
Have you actually made any effort to see what people like, or are you just assuming that because you like it that such an opinion must be a popular one.

In my time here, I've discovered a lot of people don't like the gold hardware as it is gaudy or flashy or OTT. For them the paler the colour the better the gold would appeal.
Even for me who loves gold hardware and has it on quite a few guitars, the deep orange gold looks tacky - its like a 'try-hard' gold.

Also the vintage plating is the paler one, so nobody with a vintage sensibility would really want that either (which is a fair chunk of the Gibson buying market).
The studios got that more orangey plating as I'm sure it was a cost cutting method - the plating for gold colour is a time consuming step and studios have so much of a smaller profit margin to play with.
 

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I love gold hardware where/when appropriate (ie, on a LPC it’s great, but I wouldn’t necessarily want it on a Studio—like putting lipstick on a pig! ;) J/K).

Seriously though, I do like gold, but much prefer the paler gold. The orangey plating looks, well... tacky and fake to my eye. YMMV
 

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I dislike pretty much anything gold-colored.

Faucets, doorknobs, tuners, picture frames…. if it’s not real gold, it should not be made. Fake gold looks tacky in almost every possible circumstance. Real gold’s not much better, but Al least it’s real gold.

I hope @Christosterone will still be my friend after this revelation.

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u rock…and ur collection is epic

plus, that means more gold for me…

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Funny, plating is plating but color can change, vary and otherwise disappoint.

Funny thing is most of the time it is not durable or even very thick. Unlike the OP
 

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Some guitars just beg for gold. Customs are definitely one of them. When I see one with nickel or chrome it throws my piece of earth out of orbit and I float around all sad and lost for awhile.
 

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Why?
Have you actually made any effort to see what people like, or are you just assuming that because you like it that such an opinion must be a popular one.

In my time here, I've discovered a lot of people don't like the gold hardware as it is gaudy or flashy or OTT. For them the paler the colour the better the gold would appeal.
Even for me who loves gold hardware and has it on quite a few guitars, the deep orange gold looks tacky - its like a 'try-hard' gold.

Also the vintage plating is the paler one, so nobody with a vintage sensibility would really want that either (which is a fair chunk of the Gibson buying market).
The studios got that more orangey plating as I'm sure it was a cost cutting method - the plating for gold colour is a time consuming step and studios have so much of a smaller profit margin to play with.
I respect your opinion everyone has their own likes. Some guys like big ladies others like tiny. Some it meat others just vegetables.
 

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Well then, enjoy your own opinion without assuming that everyone else is required to share it.
 

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