If my 58 lost all the back I'd not want it swnt back to Gibson as I too feel its 'the one' in as far as that means anything. I'd probably just get a good spray guy to clear coat with uncat lac.
After 20 years of experimenting with experimental relicing techniques, one does not have enough experience to know what happens to the relics after 40 years.After 20 years of aging I though Tom knew what he was doing.
I understand falling in love with a guitar (flaws and all) but this response really nails the issue. If this were a low-value or vintage model with an established resale, maybe it’s worth just keeping a guitar you know makes you happy. But on these extremely expensive Murphy’s? That’s like paying full price for a dinged car that might depreciate down like a stone; lot of riskI just cannot understand that. I would not want to keep a defective guitar even if it sounds nice. There will always be another nice one to come along. After owning many Les Pauls I never found one that I just had to keep. I always thought one sounded really nice until another one came along later that sounded even better.
The used Murphy Labs have pretty sketchy resale value already due to no warranty to the second owner. Try selling it later with no finish on it.
Sorry but anyone keeping a defective finish guitar needs to rethink that decision. Gibson is chopping up most of them because they cannot be repaired.
And the price premium on new ML guitars is in relation to the special finish and ageing, so when that special finish starts flaking off...But on these extremely expensive Murphy’s? That’s like paying full price for a dinged car that might depreciate down like a stone; lot of risk
You know what would sell like hotcakes?Nah. That's Gibson's next idea to sell more reissues a few years from now. Ultra, ultra heavy aged.
Have you received that one yet? Did I miss your NGD post? So eager to see how it turned out!You know what would sell like hotcakes?
Factory burst with nice flame top, Brazilian board, non-plasticized finish, non-aged. I would pay them extra not to age or fade the finish. That way maybe the guitar might actually last more than a few weeks....
That should be Gibsons Ultra Uber Mega Real True Historic '59 for 2022 model.
Kind of like this.......
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It is on the way by Fedex and arriving Tuesday next week.Have you received that one yet? Did I miss your NGD post? So eager to see how it turned out!
...too bad Gibson is actualy decreasing the entropy of the universe by building guitars....somebody needs to watch a little more PBS before they get all preachy about it.The 'to relic or not to relic' debate has been rehashed and beaten to death on guitar forums since guitar forums have existed. Despite pages and pages of threads on this subject, this is very likely the first time the second law of Thermodynamics has been brought into the argument.
In that respect, well done on bringing something new to the discussion.