I have a F5-G from from around '96.
Over time some of the finish has come off under the finger board, about an 1 1/2 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. Enough to know a simple "patching" it up is unlikely, probably needs the whole top redone.
Also, on the back around the scroll, it's like it's coming out of it's shell.
Suggestions on who to do the work? I had talked w/ Gibson a couple of years ago. I could ship it to them, they'll give me an estimate, then I decide. Understandable.
Is Gibson the best route to keep the "integrity" of the instrument? Are they known to be: the "most costly"? & longest turn around time? & dependable etc..?
Any other recommendations? Cost is a factor, but not just looking for "cheap & fast".