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I think they were the same thing. The difference was that the first year (2001) Custom Authentic's came with Grover Rotomatics and had an upcharge. In 2002 they reverted back to the Kluson tulip head tuners.Prior to VOS there was Custom Authentic, which is a step further than VOS but not in the realm of a relic.
And, VOS adds the Plek treatment, not available in earlier model years...I think they were the same thing. The difference was that the first year (2001) Custom Authentic's came with Grover Rotomatics and had an upcharge. In 2002 they reverted back to the Kluson tulip head tuners.
Now...VOS is cheaper and gloss finish is an upcharge. ($300 list)
They get you coming and going.
It might not be ideal to do it this way, but I think that it's still alot better than the old way.The only problem I have found with the Gibson Plek's is that because they install the frets on the board PRIOR to installing the board to the neck, the Plek compensates for the later board movement and takes off a portion of the frets, so you are in a sense getting a guitar with less than full fret life, even though it has never been played. I wish Gibson didn't cut corners like this, but it is much easier to have one person just hammering in frets all day than to wait for the board to settle on a neck first.
Actually, they will provide a replacement COA, but you need the original receipt from the authorized Gibson dealer and you have ship it to them to authenticate in person, and pay for return shipping.. (per their FAQ page)Nope, no chance...just like PRS will not reissue the small Eagle Certificate.
VOS and Custom Authentic are not the same thing. VOS finishes leave me feeling a bit queasy. VOS - it's never brought to a gloss or finished. Custom Authentics are finished and then brought to a dull aged look and it feels worlds better to me. That's why VOS are cheaper and CAs were more expensive than gloss. And honestly, I like that finish better than the razor blade aged look, which actually looks fake to me. I haven't been able to keep a VOS, but I'm keeping my two CAs.
That's very interesting.
I had a 01 R8 CA and it was just like the current VOS finish. It was covered with a type of buffing compound residue. I just wiped off the crud like compoung, polished the guitar and the gloss finish came right back. It was also on the hardware and that too shined up fine.
Maybe Gibson was experimenting?