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Help appreciated: is this a finish or a wood crack?

Guitar Magic

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I'm looking at a '68 Gibson SG Special and here are some close-ups with blacklight that the seller provided. There are cracks along both sides of the horn. He says these are only surface finish cracks and not structural. What do you think? Thanks.

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DutchRay

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Hard to see but I think you're in the clear and this is just a crack in the finish. You could check it by trying to 'bend' the neck and see if the crack changes shape.
 

Guitar Magic

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No option to try before purchasing because of the distance, that's why I'd like to be as sure as possible. There must have been a reason those cracks appeared at those exact critical spots, don't you think? It's hard to believe to sellers in the vintage game who you don't have an already well-established partnership with.
 

Any Name You Wish

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There are some finish cracks in there, but that one big one is a concern. Does it follow the grain as it goes into the cutaway?

It is an odd place for a crack since the wood is really thick in that area.
 

Guitar Magic

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Nothing that a little glue wouldn't fix:). Maybe walk away from that one. Maybe walking is a bit too slow. Maybe run away.

Haha :D Thanks for the input guys. Since the seller stated it's only a minor finish issue and clearly that isn't the case here, that's enough for me to give this one a hard pass. Even though it's an already modded player grade SG, structural issues are always a deal breaker for me.
 
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