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    Most underrated vintage guitar?

    A bit outside the box, and I am generally opposed to conversions, but you can still find '65 to '67 ES-335-12's and Riviera 12's for very little money and they're perfect candidates for 6 string conversions as in my mind they're absolutely useless as 12 strings. Unlike Fender with the XII -which...
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    Most underrated vintage guitar?

    Absolutely right, and flat wounds also sound great for surf and spaghetti western stuff.
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    Most underrated vintage guitar?

    Ha! Funny… Speaking for myself, I am far from being anti-JM as I have owned a few and I think they're cool from an aesthetic standpoint. But yes, if you want to play light strings, there are a few setup steps to take. The pickups are noisier than P-90's if you are in a RF challenging situation...
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    Do Gibson metallic finishes from the 60s sink?

    Well, that looks awful. Not sure about the meaning of the facepalm, but I've never seen a vintage Gibson like that.
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    Do Gibson metallic finishes from the 60s sink?

    I'll say it again, lacquer does shrink, but no company (or builder) worth his salt would use lacquer to fill grain. On alder and maple there is no need for grain filler, the pores are tiny, but mahogany and ash require 2 to 3 applications. One thing that happens when using any grain filler...
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    Most underrated vintage guitar?

    Well, '60s Gibson-made Epiphones are getting up there and are no longer a well kept secret as they bring about as much as their Gibson counterparts, if not more in the case of the Texan and the Casino. I personally love the Riviera in Royal Tan, and I have a '66. I would say '50s & '60s Guilds...
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    Do Gibson metallic finishes from the 60s sink?

    Dupont metallic colours were always acrylic lacquer. It behaves more or less like nitro lacquer, it is an evaporative finish and not a polymerising one (like oil varnish). Lacquer kind of never stops shrinking, the plasticisers were notoriously unstable, nitro lacquer today is much better in...
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    How much does re-necking devalue a vintage Gibson?

    I wouldn't bother reshaping the headstock at this point, the crown would still be in the wrong position and the Gibson logo wrong. AllParts sells P-90 shims, AFAIK all 330's need them for the bridge pickup anyway.
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    FS Celestion Ruby 8 ohms Speaker

    Thanks, but I don't have one anymore…
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    FS 2x Celestion Marshall G12C 16 ohms Greenback Speakers

    Sound absolutely great and are no longer made. Used in the Marshall Jimi Hendrix 1982 JH cabs a few years ago (cabs that went with the limited edition Super 100 JH amp). Compared to "regular" Greenbacks they have a bit less dope and sound a bit fuller, I do not know if they used the same cone or...
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    FS Celestion Ruby 8 ohms Speaker

    Works and sounds great, had it in my BFDR for a few days, alnico is just not my thing. $220 PP'd and shipped ConUS:
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    Most trustworthy vintage dealers in the USA

    You may be right and I do not know all the vintage dealers, but the few I know who have been at this for decades are honest and pretty straightforward, if some have quirky (and I may add interesting) personalities. I can only compare with my business, which is not very far in terms of high value...
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    Most trustworthy vintage dealers in the USA

    This is properly called the paranoid style. I am sure it happened, and will happen, but this kind of, shall we say, ethical lapse, never goes unnoticed for very long. People talk, word of mouth is the best advertising you can buy. At some point, soon enough after the deal, the buyer will tell...
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    would you buy an ES-175 with an added pick-up ?

    I would pass, looks like a bad refin too.
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    Cleaning '63 Gibson Southern Jumbo for sale

    I would second the comments to leave it to the next owner, if I was the buyer, I'd like to make that choice. I see a bit of separation at the neck heel, you'll want to post clear pics and disclose as much as you can see for the sale, good luck!
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    Re-fret-ing

    Get it to a good and experienced repairman who will not touch the fretboard (if he can get away with it) and level the playing field (so to speak…) from the top of the frets, thus preserving the fretboard surface. You may need to start with taller frets than what you'd want -your luthier will...
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    Variances in vintage neck shapes, how’d that happen?

    There was, and then as now it was a big deal as that's where you displayed your new stuff. IIRC when Leo first exposed the Telecaster (Broadcaster) it was at NAMM that other manufacturers made fun of "the plank". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAMM_Show
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    Most trustworthy vintage dealers in the USA

    No, just no. See one of my posts above. Serious dealers are not fabulists and will give you a straight deal, they neither want to defraud you, or the prospective buyer, they want to establish relationships and stay in business. For the OP, I am not quite sure what you're looking for. Gruhn will...
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    Most trustworthy vintage dealers in the USA

    Keep in mind that when you sell on a consignment basis the shop has every incentive to sell the item for top dollars as they get a % of the sale. That is true for pieces with zero to few issues, trust is an expensive currency and a lot of buyers are willing to pay more dollars for less worry...
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    Most trustworthy vintage dealers in the USA

    You should contact Buzzy at Lark Street Music, he's in NJ, it's not that far. He's been doing this for decades, knows his stuff, he's one of the good people, I first went to his shop upstate NY in Albany in the early '90s. In New England there is The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA. While not...
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