- Aug 30, 2017
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I'm not looking to but this or anything, just looking for an educated eye to check this one out. Looks way too clean for one that age, and the price seems really high.
No, the vintage ones had potential intonation issues due to the excessive angle.....which at some point during the 50's was lessened.Angle of the bridge could be excessive. Seems like the real ones were more flat across with intonation problems -- "but close enough for rock 'n roll!"
Not necessarily true with tuners. I had a 1953 Gibson and one by one the tuners crumbled. I had bought a set of six, only needing one desperately. Within a month, two more had crumbled and been replaced. The other three just self-destructed when removed. There literally was nothing to save but crumbs. I did save them for a while, in a baggie, but then thought, “why?”.Where are the original tuners? Anyone that removes parts from a vintage guitar keeps the parts, no mention.
You were part of that bolin recovery also?! I saw the marketplace ad and was trying to leave work to snag that not even knowing Bolin guitars it just looked amazing and underpriced. Did some googleing found the owners stolen thread post along with 3 or 4 others. One guy meet up with the theif? informed him it was stolen and let him drive away with it.... but he passed the guys phone # to PD and the owner. Kid removed the SN from the case after that. I was in the mean time trying to get him to hold it so i could essentially steal it back. I.e. while inspecting it not give it back and have PD on the way. But he stopped responding and deleted his Facebook. I took screenshots of pictures/ad/conversations and his profile while it was up still. Finally the real owner saw our PMs and started contacting us. My screenshots and the guy having his number and going to physically confirm the stolen guitar allowed MSP to recover it! Owner was amazing tossed me and i think others $100 for our efforts. Man i didn't realize they were 15k! Glad he got that back.... still missing a heritage and a amp.....In fact, a few weeks back some guy in Detroit was posting a Bolin guitar for $500, turns out I know the Builder, contacted him to find out the $15,000 guitar was stolen from his customer's barn (was a one of a kind custom build). I tried to buy the guitar back for the original owner ... seller ghosted quickly. Buyer beware - especially with the pseudo anonymity of CL.
The "i" dot is off to the left in many silk screen Gibson models... can't tell you which exactly. My '92 Studio Lite has it like that, my '11 DC Special does not. 50s silk screens have it too....
The "I" in "Gibson" dot ... I can't remember if that being out of alignment behind, right above, or forward was ok or not but look into that feature. That was a 'tell' on other guitars before.
Angle of the bridge could be excessive. Seems like the real ones were more flat across with intonation problems -- "but close enough for rock 'n roll!"
Headstock doesn't look broken from the minimal pictures revealed ... so you can't tell if it's authentic from that issue or not.
Generally, I avoid all vintage guitars as there is too much temptation to fake them. I lately avoid all Gibsons due to the fragile headstocks. If I go close to Gibson it's the Epiphone line that they fixed the weak headstock problems through design improvements.