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Does this look weird to anyone else?

phatdave

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Where is the Stmped serial number on the back of the neck?

It would take a lot of sanding to get rid of it!?
 

Guitar Josh

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I don't like the headstock. I also don't think Gibson used a flame finish on more than a handful of 70s deluxes either.

The no S/N thing really creeps me out though.
 

Broken Cord

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I see the volute but I dont see the serial #

If they were going to sand and refinish the headstock you think they would do a better job and the strap button. Yeesh!
 

Flinto2002

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I Don't see a volute (typical on 70's models) I don't see the larger headstock, typical on these models. I don't see a 3 piece neck(typical on 70's models) the flame finish in unusual, definitely don't see them much on delux's.

All the above, plus no serial number=weird feeling.
 

12guitdown

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+1 for lack of serial#. Wassup wi dat?

Look at how far north the strings are from the pups. Mainly the fretboard close-up pic. The 6th string is riding the binding, where the 1st has a comfy 1/8". The bridge is obviously out of wack.
 

frankencat

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I dunno, it looks good to me but what do I know? Personally I wouldn't buy it without a serial number. It will be hard to re-sell for anything near what it is worth without it. From what he says it probably has a headstock repair. Also, I have never seen a 70's Deluxe with a flame top.
 

Guitar Josh

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I dunno, it looks good to me but what do I know? Personally I wouldn't buy it without a serial number. It will be hard to re-sell for anything near what it is worth without it. From what he says it probably has a headstock repair. Also, I have never seen a 70's Deluxe with a flame top.
70s deluxe flametops do exist I've been shopping for deluxes for a few months now and seen several.

My general thinking is that this is a deluxe reissue from the past decade that was either stolen or damaged and the S/N removed.
 

Jura

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looks legit to me..
don't know if it is from 70's (no volute, small headstock, ...), but it seems like a legit, neck and headstock refinished gibson..
 

mc5nrg

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The sticker with the serial number went missing. Its circa '76. The tuners are replacements.
 

Cody

Well, look who’s undead!
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Did someone ask whether the serial# is indeed missing, or just photoshopped out?

In addition to all the observations about no pancake, no maple neck etc: the shape of the cutaway rules out late '70s (as the seller thinks), Gibson logo rules out '70s and '80s altogether.
It's '90s or newer.
 

Rock Johnson

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Could be a really well repaired headstock break. I broke the headstock on my '74 LP and the luthier who repaired it basically planed off the back of the headstock and replaced it because it was so badly damaged. I didn't care about the SN so he didn't save it.

If something like that happened, then the neck was completely refinned, that could account for it.
 




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