R8 neck fading

BluesBreaker78

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Hi all, quick question about my newly acquired R8. It's hard to see in the pics but the red on the back of the neck has faded quite a lot to more of a brown. Which is fine, but I'm curious to know why it only seems to have happened to the neck and not the back of the body or the headstock?
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Mine is the same. I thought it was because I have the guitar on a stand and it was the light hitting it through the window. But could also be many other factors. I’m sure it’s pretty common.
 

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Mine is the same. I thought it was because I have the guitar on a stand and it was the light hitting it through the window. But could also be many other factors. I’m sure it’s pretty common.

Good to know mine isn't the only one. I did wonder if it was from being on a. stand but then it doesn't make sense that the headstock wouldn't fade, unless something was covering the body and heastock which doesn't sound likely!
 

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It could be from playing it.

I have a 2006 CS LP Special in red that is faded to brown on the top but nowhere else. It's been in it's case in the closet most of the time. I bought it used in 2011. At that time it was nice and red. I'm kind of bummed about it but what am I going to do?
 

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It could be from playing it.

I have a 2006 CS LP Special in red that is faded to brown on the top but nowhere else. It's been in it's case in the closet most of the time. I bought it used in 2011. At that time it was nice and red. I'm kind of bummed about it but what am I going to do?
Interesting, strange how only the top was affected. I actually see it as a good thing. I just think that as guitars fade in different ways it adds character and makes them unique.
 

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My R8 neck and back have faded as well; perfectly normal. I think it’s UV light exposure. Guitar on a stand has the neck pointing up. Light coming from windows generally cast light downwards in a room. Body of the guitar on a stand is closer to the floor. Less light.
 

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Same happened to a 2018 R8 I used to own. I kept it in its case whenever I wasn’t playing it, so not an issue of light exposure. I didn’t mind it, it looked cool. But never had another before or since that did that.
 

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Thanks guys, I must say, I do dig the fading, actually hoping the top will fade over time too but I believe these don't fade like the original bursts?

It's bourbon burst and whilst I do love the colour, it would be cool if it faded into a honey or even lemon burst some day.
 

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So cool, that's a nice browning...

My 07 SG CS is like that, brown on the front, red in the back. The neck is browning too, but red in places as well...
 

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This is from perspiration and body oils. The original Les Paul’s all faded the exact same way. Be happy, it’s a cool authentic feature.
Mine has faded on the neck and on the back where it makes the most contact with my body after 20 years. Figured it was that or the heat of the body or a combo.
 
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So cool, that's a nice browning...

My 07 SG CS is like that, brown on the front, red in the back. The neck is browning too, but red in places as well...
Strange... my (actual, not reissue) '67 SG is still red front, back, and neck, no sign of fading and it's been played more than all of my LPs combined. It does go back in the case when it's not being played though (FOBH), always has, maybe that's why it hasn't faded.
 
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Hi all, quick question about my newly acquired R8. It's hard to see in the pics but the red on the back of the neck has faded quite a lot to more of a brown. Which is fine, but I'm curious to know why it only seems to have happened to the neck and not the back of the body or the headstock?
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I have a 2001 R8 and it looks identical.
 

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Strange... my (actual, not reissue) '67 SG is still red front, back, and neck, no sign of fading and it's been played more than all of my LPs combined. It does go back in the case when it's not being played though (FOBH), always has, maybe that's why it hasn't faded.
Wouldn't a '67 have a more UV resistant dye like Gibson started using on LPs in '60?
 

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