- Sep 29, 2011
- Reaction score
@eric ernest ....crazy question I know, but do you happen to have any pictures of the wall of the switch tip on off of a real burst? And to your knowledge, does anyone do an accurate repro? I have a buddy that is trying to do up a reissue. Thanks man! Hope you are well!!Ok, I watched it one time through and took notes.
This is NOT a "1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard "Burst authentication" video.
There was only one detail that was specifically germane to 50's "Bursts"...the 1959 serial number range.
The rest of the information in this video could be applicable to many other models.
This video omits all of the most truly important details of a Burst authentication. Dozens. This is more accurately a 50's vintage Gibson guitar authentication video.
Fake stoptails are usually gold late 60's TP's with the gold buffed off. The have a slightly different mold. That should have been pointed out.
Vintage ABR-1's have mold that is different than the reproductions. No caliper needed.
Original switch tips have a very thin wall....most reproductions are thicker. Flatter switch "tips" are most likely earlier 50's.
Striation lines on the pickguard usually run parallel to the strings....not at a 90 degree angle.
"The binding on these Les Pauls were scrapped very well." "Rarely see errors around the binding area."
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"Rarely see correctly routed control cavities on fakes." (He needs to get out more....)
He says the newer fakes are so good, yet name checks long gone Chris Derrig as one of the most famous "counterfeiters." Kinda misleading, his guitars were notoriously inaccurate.
Modern wire always has 3 braids? I have some with 2 pair.
To sum up....No real "Burst" details in this video.
Therefore, I am lowering my assessment to a "D." The fantastic production and competency of the narrator being the redeeming points.
They just need to change the name of the video to accurately reflect its true content and then it will get a solid "B."
Pretty easy stuff to fix.