Man this is really discouraging. So in my case, the retailer had asked me to go to Gibson. I had a return set up. The retailer happened to call me back a few days later to see what Gibson was going to do and decided to help me out and offered to take the guitar. They felt they could take care of this quicker than Gibson could. Gibson really couldn’t give me an answer. The guitar would have to be evaluated for a swap or refinish. That’s all they would tell me. I spoke to two separate people. One was trying to get me info and the other was a massive condescending a$$hole that acted coy about any Murphy Lab issues. He acted offended when I asked what was being done with other guitars. At any rate, the retailer is holding a green lemon fade heavy aged for me to swap. He said the guitar is killer and I thought I was safe from the cherry filler or whatever. At any rate, I’m not sure what to do now after seeing this. Frustrating for sure, but the retailer has gone above and beyond to help me out and that is appreciated.What can I do it was my own stupidity for buying that many. After 20 years of aging I though Tom knew what he was doing.
My '58 urine burst has a light cherry back but there are some initial signs of finish edges lifting up and also on the heavy aged green lemon '59 from Willcutts some small pieces of finish already came off but it is heavy aged so just waiting that one out to see how bad it gets. It had a brown-cherry color back so I thought it might be ok...but maybe not.
Well at least I hope some others avoided my problems by reading these posts before buying one.