Gibson ES 339 scratch plate

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  1. iMatt

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    Got myself an ES 339 last week - antique sunburst. Very pleased with it - but pretty much the first thing I did was take the scratch plate off because I think it looks so much better that way. Now I am left with a little hole underneath the bottome edg (not such a problem) and a little but unsightly hole by the neck. What do people do - try and refinish this or just stick a screw in it (might help if the scratch plate had been fitted with black rather than silver screws)?

    I can't help wonder why Gibson fit the scratch plate rather than pack it separately and leave it to the user to decide (as they did with my LP standard) - the Guitar was mail order and am assuming the dealer didn't fit it as I would be annoyed about that).
     
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  2. pullagnm

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    Most people just leave the holes alone. There really not noticible. You could color it in with black nail polish (try at your own risk), but I would just leave them as is.

    Oh yeah. Great guitar. I've had one for almost 9 months. Plays great and sounds wonderful. The quality is just top notch. I have the caramel burst, just buetiful.

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  3. OM Flyer

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    Use the silver screw or buy a black one. I think many pickguard screws will fit - check Stew-Mac or similar small parts supplier. Personally, I think the guitar looks better with the pickguard on it - all of Gibson's semi-holows are shipped with it attached, AFAIK.
     
  4. iMatt

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    Would post a picture of mine with scratch plate removed, but haven't posted a pic before and can't quite see how its done. The insert image option seems to require the pic to saved on-line somewhere. What should I be doing?

    Ah just found it in the FAQ section - will try this out, probably tommorow as going out for a curry now - priorities you see.
     
  5. * velcro-fly *

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    I took mine off and left it....
     
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    I think most of us take the plate off and put the screws back in?
     
  7. iMatt

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    With any luck below should be a couple of pics of mine with scratch plate
    removed.

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    Sweet, looks just like mine :AOK

    Kick ass guitar, huh ???? ;)
     
  9. iMatt

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    Great guitar - seems to turn its hand to anything, well to the limited extent that I can. Enjoying it even more than I hoped I would. Got mine with a 50's neck - wasn't able to try it first (mail order) and have a slim 60's neck on my LP Standard so was a bit uncertain I had done the right thing until it came. Feels very comfortable and adds to the whole different experience I get switching between this and the LP.
     

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