vintage gold

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Wayne Gretschzky, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    If you had ordered your Gibson guitar with a Bigsby vibrato during the years of 1958-1960... this is what you would have received. Gold-plated (on some models) B7 format, applicable to Les Paul and Thin-line (ES) models. These have gotten rare... but they are beautiful!

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  2. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    784
    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    And the gold would have stayed on for more than a minute too!
     
  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    That was my first thought, too.
    This one is in an astonishly good condition. Congrats on your score, Ed.
     
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  4. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Nice find. I love the glow of real gold.

    Perhaps a name change to Wayne Goldsky is in order. ;)
     
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    853
    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Man that would look good re-plated in gold.
     
  6. I rather like the 'patina' kinda effect . . . so I'd vote to leave it.
    Re-plating might melt what ya' got away.

    And betcha the gold-plating is thicker than it is nowadays, anyway.
     
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  7. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    I really love the patina too!
     
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  8. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    It’s as they say, it’s only original once. I’m for leaving vintage stuff as is, especially the finish. Otherwise you’re simply erasing the history of it. Except for obviously playable issues like frets, etc.
     
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  9. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    That is super sharp , congrats on the find
     
  10. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Here's one in its natural habitat residing on a late 50s Gibson Thinline.

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  11. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    And another example... in all it's glory on a LP Custom! (although this one looks to have been re-plated sadly)

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  12. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Very nice. Shiny or vintage looking.
     
  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I could find a way to forgive that.
     
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  14. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Here's a nice sweaty one... oozing character via natural patina!

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