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Triple-o

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The other day I stopped by a pawn shop and they had an older looking  Gibson. The  finger board appeared to be bowed up or coming loose from the neck where it meets the body  I was wondering if that was a major repair job.When I googled it, I was surprised to see folks posting the same problem,unfortunately none I read discussed getting it fixed. 

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Electric or acoustic? 

Do you know what model of Gibson?

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1 hour ago, Kbore said:

Electric or acoustic? 

Do you know what model of Gibson?

If the topic is correct then it will be a Les Paul model which is electric.

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1 hour ago, Triple-o said:

The other day I stopped by a pawn shop and they had an older looking  Gibson. The  finger board appeared to be bowed up or coming loose from the neck where it meets the body  I was wondering if that was a major repair job.When I googled it, I was surprised to see folks posting the same problem,unfortunately none I read discussed getting it fixed. 

I confess I am not an expert on this... I wonder if the lifted fretboard is a result of the bowed neck which obviously needs  a truss rod adjustment. If the price is right and you want it, I'd suggest you check first to see if the truss rod is working. 

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All good advice.  Ask Greg Voros or even try contacting StewMac to see if they would have an opinion on the type of repair(s) you might be facing if you add it to the stable...

Either way, good luck with your search.

 

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5 hours ago, Fretless said:

If the topic is correct then it will be a Les Paul model which is electric.

Dohhh, I missed that....

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How old is "old"?

A 50's or 60's LP would be very valuable but a major repair would drastically reduce that value. A 70's or later model is just an old Les Paul.  It might be a great guitar, but if it needs significant work to make playable, you likely could not recoup what it would cost to fix it.

If you got the SN you can get an idea when it was built but you'd need a good luthier to tell you what the fix would entail.

Good Luck.

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More likely the guitar was never cared for and dried out. A truss rod is not going to cause the fingerboard to lift. Only a pro can fix this for you so you need to talk to an expert. 

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Hey folks,

This is kind of like asking your mechanic - I hear a funny noise coming from the under the hood, would that be a major repair job?  Yes, no, maybe - I don't think anyone can or should answer that question, or answer it accurately at least. With that said, I'm always happy help date, price or evaluate an instrument. You can reach me at Greg@gruhn.com for a pretty quick reply. A few pics help tremendously as well.

All my best,

Greg Voros

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