- Nov 6, 2016
Do you know if records exist for repairs done by Gibson? I am the third owner of a 1960 Black Beauty that was renecked by Gibson in 1972. The replacement neck has a long tenon, so it was custom-made for the guitar,not pulled off of the production line, however it is stamped with 1972 serial number so I assume that the original serial number was lost. The person who I bought the guitar from was a friend of the original owner, who he said was a friend of Les Paul himself. He said that Les put him in contact with Gibson to arrange for the repair. I’m just curious if any record or documentation might exist regarding the work.
On a side note:
I had a '62 ES-355 that re-necked around 1980. The neck itself had all the features of a 1980 ES-355 only it was 1 piece and long tenon w/no volute while the head veneer was identical to '80. I'm not sure if it was a warranty repair but it was a Gibson neck no doubt. However, inside the guitar was a label from the luthier who did the work (Kovach?) and he was based out of Hermitage (right outside Nashville) Tennessee. IIRC he signed for the neck replacement and refinish, the finish was also identical to factory wine red you'd expect from Gibson in 1980.
So, I'm not sure if they farmed some of the work out or the guy just had access to Gibson stuff or what, head scratcher.
edit: also curious about the bronze/goldtop finish thing.