vos R8 les paul

TREV FLINT

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I noticed that my local guitar store has a VOS R8 les paul - plain top-Tobacco fade- in stock. I had to give it a rip and I really like it! I noticed that there were some strange scratches around the tone and volume control knobs. The salesperson said it came from the factory like that...as if it were a relic, I don't agree with him. Do these scratches sound normal?? ( I don't mind scratches on my guitars but I usually like be the one to make them! especially a $3000 guitar!!)
 
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The VOS dull finish shows scratches really easily....if you're okay with a shiny guitar, they can probably be polished out. But you'll need to do the whole guitar to match it...and you'll end up with a gloss finish instead of satin.

Cheers

Kris
 

paintguy

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Yep, the Vos series are steel wooled or sanded and have plenty of scratches. That's supposed to make them look like vintage guitars.
The gloss version is $300.00-400.00 more :crazy
 

bonchie123

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No, those scratches didn't come from the factory (or they might of but it isn't part of the VOS thing).

VOS has aged parts and a satin finish, but it doesn't come scratched or reliced.

Heres a 59 for reference: http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-Gibson-Custom-Shop-1959-Les-Paul-Std-VOS-Iced-Tea_W0QQitemZ320207649946QQihZ011QQcategoryZ38086QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Several closeup shots there around the volume knobs and on the top. No scratches to be seen. The dealer seems to be bsing you just to get a sale. And if he is charging you 3000 bucks for a VOS your getting ripped anyway. I'd suggest checking out one of the dealers on lespaulforum.com. New VOS's can be had for around 2600 dollars.

If all we are talking about are clearcoat scratches (probably not the proper term but you know what I mean), then I wouldn't worry about it. I don't think I've ever seen a new guitar without them. A little polish will fix that.
 

daddyo

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I saw a VOS R9 today up close. Not for me. Reminds me of the Faded Standard just $3.5k more. I'll take the gloss lacquer which I know will age to a soft shine through my own playing.
 

bonchie123

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I saw a VOS R9 today up close. Not for me. Reminds me of the Faded Standard just $3.5k more. I'll take the gloss lacquer which I know will age to a soft shine through my own playing.

The R9's look exactly like the faded standards from the pics I've seen. Not much shine at all.

The R8 plaintops look somewhere inbetween in the pics I've seen with a fair amount of shine but not quit gloss.
 

Kappy

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BTW, just to give you an idea of what a VOS looks like polished:

http://www.gibson.com/relations/forum/index.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=18&tid=144969

The guy says he did it with regular gibson pump polish, which is just regular spray and wipe stuff, nothing special.

So if the guitar plays great, which is the most important thing, don't pass on it because of something that can be easily fixed.
That's cool and all, but I like mine nice and dull....

R8VOS_front15.jpg


If the guitar talks to you in while you play it like this one did for me, you should buy it regardless of any nicks on it. That shouldn't stop you from haggling some though.
 

BadAssBill

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Beautiful guitar dk. That will be my next Gibson.
IMHO....I would never let scratches get in the way of a guitar that speaks to me. Tone, playability and mojo is the bottom line...and if you play it...it's gonna get those anyway.
 




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