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1981 Tokai LS120 VVF Love Rock
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jacco
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting to see how this will progress, please keep us posted.

What does this mean? : re-humidify it to Gibson specs
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Sigmania
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What does this mean? : re-humidify it to Gibson specs


The guitar must have been in a really dry environment in Japan.

He said the wood in Gibsons should be kept at 50% humidity at 70 degrees F I believe.
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Sigmania
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got this guitar back from my luthier.

It sat for months in a humid environment, and the separation closed back up almost totally.

The issue I have is that there is a darker stain along the crack from sweat or whatever getting in there. He tried cleaning it with bleach, but the stain didn't budge.

His suggestion was that if I was planning to keep the guitar, was to not glue or seal it. That if I do that then if I tried to re-finish it later it would be really hard to get that stuff out of the crack.

He is friends with Tom Murphy, and I have seen an incredible custom refinish Tom did on a Les Paul. He said Tom signs inside the pickup cavity then puts the finish over the top. Evidently that can boost the resale value on Gibsons anyway, enough that he thought it could pay for the refinish.

Just wondering what you guys thought should do?
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sigmania wrote:


Just wondering what you guys thought should do?


Play it and don't fret too much about the cosmetics at this point.
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Sigmania
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I play it LOL. It's an amazing guitar. Numero uno around here.

On a serious note, has anyone dealt with this before?

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Pico
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much did you pay the guitar?
It realy looks amazing!
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Peter Mac
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sig,

I feel your pain, brother. Such a beautiful guitar, such an unpleasant scar.

Best thing to do is get rid of it to me for a ridiculously low price to help ease your suffering

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Sigmania
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are a good man Peter. Thank you for the offer. I have $2,000 into it and my Scots blood doesn't like to lose money .

Am having a luthier install a set of vintage DiMarzio PAFs in my 1979 Les Paul Reborn gold top. Curious to see how it compares to this LS120.
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