Any remedy for the nasty yellow inlays on a LPC?

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  1. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

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    Has anyone attempted to try to remove with any luck the nasty greenish/yellowish tint Gibson uses on their inlays for the Les Paul classics? If so can you recommend what was used.
     
  2. Drew68

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    I've heard of people leaving their Classics out in direct sunlight for several hours. Personally, and as a Classic owner, I wouldn't recommend this. I did run across a site that will change them out for a few hundred dollars. I can't remember their name but I'll bump this thread and come back to you.

    You wanna know the truth? I never even noticed that the inlays on my beloved 2000 Classic were yellow until I started reading about people bitching about them on guitar forums! After which, I looked at my fretboard and went, "Hmmm... They are a bit yellow, aren't they?" When I bought my Classic, I chose it because it was the best playing Les Paul in the bunch of a dozen or so I had to choose from. I didn't even plug it in. I'm guessing that Gibson continues to use the almost universally despised yellow inlay for what I believe is a marketing ploy to try and push people upwards to purchase a Standard. They probably figure that if you have $2000+ to spend on a Classic, then you can probably scrounge 200 or 300 more for a Standard. Me? I prefer plain tops.

    I've looked at some vintage guitars and noticed that a few of them have yellowed over time.

    If you'd like my $0.02 free of charge, I'd say just live with them. If yellowed inlays are good enough for Madonna, they're good enough for me! LOL!

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    Yes, that's a Classic! She's playing "Ray of Light."
     
  3. Drew68

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    cant you tap a small hole in the middle then take it out with a small scroll or pick of some sort. you could also use a hot knife to loosen up the glue holding them in.
     
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    Mikey Likes It Silver Supporting Member

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    I think they're in bad taste, too, but I just live with mine. I might try a little peroxide on one of mine one of these days...
     
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    The technical term for the color is Phlegm.
     
  7. DGDGBD

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    Just wondering why you don't recommend this ... because it doesn't work? I have a classic goldtop and I think its a great guitar. I don't really like the green inlays, but I don't lose sleep over it. That said, if there was easy and inexpensive way to remove the tint, I would probably try it.
     
  8. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Any UV light would probably work. Just cover up the rest of the guitar while it is baking...
     
  9. swimrunner

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    do you think she's actually playing?
     
  10. GDking

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    No she thinks it is Dennis Rodman
     
  11. kurtsstuff

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    Leaving in the sun is a real bad idea...depending on finish (fade) wax potting in pickups will be a big glob off goo etc...etc....
     
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    if you do make the unwise decision to leave it in the sun, loosen the strings first.
     
  13. DGDGBD

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    I think so...looks like she's playing a barred F# or Bm on the 14th fret.
     
  14. DGDGBD

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    I think I'll leave it alone. Greenish inlays don't bother me enough to risk ruining the guitar.
     
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    That doesn't really look like a classic to me... chrome tuners and pickup covers? Sure, they could have been replaced, but the inlays don't even really look green.
     
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    LOL!
     
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    I think I know who this is, but not sure. Who is this woman?
     
  18. Drew68

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    Am I the only one who likes the "yellow" inlays here? :D
     
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    This may sound a little crazy but I've heard if you "play" the guitar you don't notice small things like that.:RoCkIn
     

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