View Full Version : An Ebay Makeover?

May-09-2006, 12:49pm
May I tap your collective expertise?

While cruising eBay, I found the following:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....IT&rd=1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7412304507&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)

Forgetting the ugly color and the botched job on the nut and bridge, take a look at the photo which shows the back seperating. Note the edge-view of the top. Ignore (again) the side stain splattered onto the top, and am I seeing plywood? I swear there are 5 layers in that top. Has someone "repaired" an old Gibson by replacing the top with plywood?

Most of my experience with older instruments involves trying to make garage-sale guitars playable; I don't know from genuine vintage. But this whole deal sure looks odd to me, and the bidding is getting up there. What do you folks think?

May-09-2006, 12:58pm
That is the grained ivriod binding you are looking at.

May-09-2006, 1:03pm
I was going to say the same... it doesn't look like ply to me, it looks like ivoroid.

Tom C
May-09-2006, 1:19pm
And it's a lefty.

May-09-2006, 1:19pm
Good to know that. Thanks.

May-09-2006, 2:47pm
I posted this link in a lefty message today. I e-mailed the seller to verify that the pictures were correct. I think the pickguard is new and that it has been refinished myself. I could be wrong. If it's a copy someobody went to great lengths. The back looks pretty genuine.

May-09-2006, 2:53pm
I've never seen that color yellow finish on an old Gibson before. (based on casual observation and not on anything like expertise) I would love for one of the experts to chime in...

May-09-2006, 3:01pm
I think it has been refinished also the label looks real but the color is wrong and the peg head inlay is wrong. I doubt that it was originaly a lefty probably stung reverse and an after market pickgaurd installed.

May-11-2006, 12:28pm
I asked the seller if this was a convert and if there were any screw holes from the pickguard when it was a righty and he said there were no holes and didn't know if it was a convert. if it was converted and there were no leftover screw holes that would probably indicate a refinish job. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif Also, the bridge in the photo is a righty not a lefty, making me believe it was converted.