Gibson headstock inlay. Is this the new normal?

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  1. Buduranus2

    Buduranus2 Member

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    I'm interested in picking up an L4. I found one that's reasonably priced but I'm reluctant to pull the trigger due to what appears to be amateurish inlay on the headstock. Is this what passes for Gibson "quality" these days or am I seeing it wrong?

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  2. Carbohydrates

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    What year is it? Also, that doesn't look like a flaw in the inlay itself, but an unevenness to the lacquer around it, as if the depth/height of the inlay was not flush with the peghead face.
     
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    If it's new, that looks Authentically lousy.
    If it's a '78, it looks age appropriate.
     
  4. CharAznable

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    That's how you know it's made by real people... flawed, like the rest of us.
     
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    I doubt it’s a 78. The nut is hyper white. I’ve seen Gibson lacquer do that in three years. My best guess is it’s a reissue custom es model because it has split parallelogram inlays on the first fret.
     
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    The whole thing looks a bit chibbo to me
     
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    So 90’s of them
     
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    was exaggerating but you get the point.
     
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  9. bossaddict

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    Ha! Was just about to say that I feel like this was common on '90s Gibsons.
     
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    Gotta look for that stuff on a Gibson. Guess you found some.
     
  11. Jayyj

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    Is there any way of setting up a kind of paypal swear box for whenever someone does a 'why I hate Gibson' post? We could have the mods buy a nice guitar out of the proceeds whenever the pot was full and give it away to a randomly selected member. If it were a dollar per snarky remark we'd have enough for an R9 by Wednesday.

    Photo looks like classic 90s headstock shrinkage. Look on the positive side, if your Gibson has this it's definitely not a Chinese fake.
     
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  12. Buduranus2

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    I don't "hate" Gibson. I'm just disappointed that the attention to detail we've come to expect from the preeminent manufacturer of electric guitars doesn't seem to be commensurate with the price. Maybe it's just a symptom of an overall decline in commitment to quality.
     
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    I was looking for a new 335 a few weeks ago. I played 2 335 studio guitars and one of the things that bugged me was the inlay not flush with the rest of the headstock; both of them. I wound up with a higher priced version, and that one is perfect.
     
  14. mc5nrg

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    Gibson headstock logos can vary with era. How does it play and sound?
     
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    Not uncommon. The nitro shrunk around the logo.
     
  16. Buduranus2

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    I understand, but this seems like a recent phenomenon. Can't say I've seen this on older instruments. Also, Gibson has used elasticizers in their nitro for some time now to reduce weather checking and the like. Perplexing.
     
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    sitedrifter Gold Supporting Member

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    Once they moved production of those guitars from Memphis (where everyone was trained and since 2015 was killing it with quality) to Nashville, they are retraining people on building/finishing those guitars so give them a couple of years more for sh1t like this not to happen.
     
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  18. Bob Pollock

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    Those inlays have done that for the last 30 years, nothing new. Nitro and temperature change.
     
  19. Bossanova

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    Common flaw, and has been for decades. Some guitars have it, most don’t.
     
  20. PB+J

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    That looks terrible. Looks like maybe a "late friday afternoon" guitar
     

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