Refinish a 2002 R8 .. Yes or No ? (with pics)

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  1. pirateflynn

    pirateflynn Supporting Member

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    I have a 2002 R8 that I really like, but the finish could be better. It's a Butterscotch/Lemon drop which is kind of flat/without much of a burst. The color has a greenish tint and there are a couple of faint cherry spots (about the size of a fingerprint) that looks like the red dye from the back accidently made it to the front side. Anyway, in your opinion, would a beautifully done finish in a faded bourbon burst hurt the resale value? Can you think of any other negative impact? Thanks!
     
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  2. Sean French

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    Got pics?

    I've seen many in the butterscotch finish. I think they look cool. I used to have an '01 and an '02 R8 with that finish.

    I would leave it as is.
     
  3. pirateflynn

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    Here are some pics. The first is my guitar. The next two are finishes that I like.

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    I think it will certainly hurt resale, but if you like the look, go for it! I like it in the first shot as is now, but if you aren't feeling it....
     
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    I think it looks great as it is. You'd be better off to just sell it and get one you'd like.
     
  7. Sean French

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    Looks great to me. I would leave it be.
    The '01/'02 R8' are quite sought after. Somethin' special about them.
    Also they have less of a bat neck like '03 to present.

    Here is a '02 R8 I used to own.

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  8. Patrick2

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    If you don't have it already, you need to go out and buy the book . . . "The Beauty of The Burst" Great photos in there, of real '58 '59 and '60 bursts. Many look just like your guitar. Where all of the burst has faded, as they do, they are refered to as "un-bursts" . . as opposed to "sun bursts" You do a refin, and you take from the guitar's originality, its character, its mojo and its current personality.

    It's your guitar, do what you feel most comfortable with. But, it's a winner just the way it is and I would be proud to own it . . . along with my 4 other Gibson Custom Shop reissue Lesters.
     
  9. Boogie92801

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    Dont do it. I have had a few buddies refin guitars and every time I though it had a negative impact on the guitars feel and tone... cant relly say what it was but I didnt like them as much afterwards.
     
  10. davess23

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    No. I looked at all 3 guitars and if I were choosing one it'd be a battle to decide whether to take yours or the one directly under it. To me, your guitar qualifies as a killer top R8, one of the nicer ones out there.
     
  11. Ruraltom

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    Wow... I can't se what the problem is! Sell it an' get one that's pretty enough for you.
     
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    Thanks very much guys, for the compliments and for saving me money! lol

    It IS a great one. The neck is much more R9 than R8 (IMO) .. beefy but very playable.
     
  13. Stonesy

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    Value of the guitar will go down and you will be out the cost of the refin.
     
  14. lordofthethighs

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    It's an awesome looking LP as it is. I wouldn't dick with it.
    If you really have to have another color / finish, then sell it, and
    buy one that suits your needs.

    Just my 2ยข
     
  15. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    I vote NO refin. Love butterscotch...
     
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    I like those color choices, but a good refin can cost a lot of cheddar. If you've got the money I say go for it.
     
  17. mgarrison99

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    I think it looks like crap. I'll give you $1500 for it to take it off your hands...
     
  18. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd leave it alone. The finish is now 10 years old... a new finish may make it not sound as good. For the $$ you were going to spend on a refin, buy a Reverend or other cool guitar
     
  19. stratzrus

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    :agree
     
  20. Turbozag

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    I like it as is too.
    A quality refin is gonna run you serious coinage...
     

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