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How does one find replacement parts for Gibson guitars with VOS finish!?

StratStringSlinger

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All my guitars are NOS/new finish except for a Gibson Memphis ES-335, which only came in the silly VOS finish. I'm looking for a replacement tune-a-matic bridge but all the ones I find are shiny brand new nickel. I would like to find a high quality or genuine Gibson replacement part that somewhat matches the other faux aged hardware. Any recommendations or do I have to figure out how to artificially age that one piece myself? If so how?
 

Sconnie

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google directions for aging parts with vinegar or muriatic acid and just buy new nickel parts and take the shine off yourself!
 

Macleod

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or muriatic acid

IMO, muriadic acid is one of the worst aging methods. I used it for years on pickup covers. It was awful. Virtually impossibly to neutralize completely, especially if the parts are raw, unplated material.
 

StratStringSlinger

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Thanks guys for all the input, I think I'll try getting a genuine Gibson replacement part and vinegar first. Hopefully it's as easy as it sounds.
 

AdmiralB

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Did VOS 'evolve'? I've got a couple VOS guitars from the late '00s that are pretty tough to distinguish from gloss; the finish is less, well, glossy, and the parts have a little oxidation.

But the newer guitars are pretty gnarly, especially the hardware, which seems often rusted (screws) and really tarnished/corroded.

Did they turn it up to '11'?
 

73Fender

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Did VOS 'evolve'? I've got a couple VOS guitars from the late '00s that are pretty tough to distinguish from gloss; the finish is less, well, glossy, and the parts have a little oxidation.

But the newer guitars are pretty gnarly, especially the hardware, which seems often rusted (screws) and really tarnished/corroded.

Did they turn it up to '11'?
I'll skip the rusted screws thanks. "No rusted screws for me"..every mechanics nightmare.
 




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