- Mar 8, 2008
Really dig this guitar. Nice playing. Looks great. Sounds right unplugged.
Lets see what we have....
Lets see what we have....
I already posted this in another thread.
It's the burst color of the Joe Perry run.
Gibson calls it kindred burst. There was also a limited run of R8s with that color and brown backs.
I really do like that burst!
What would this finish be?
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Thanks Big Al, great info.That's when it gets wierd. See, first there was Kalamazoo. All Sunbursts were a rich, dark, warm brown over yellow. There were only a few men spraying them. Two or three is my guess. Most are very similar, dark edge blending into that warm brown to an almost slightly reddish brown, not red, reddish brown at the fade. I can almost always tell a Kalamazoo finish from Nashville, certainly 70-80's.
Then 1958 and Cherry Sunburst! So basicly there are now 2 sunburst finish. I detailed my conversations with the three gentleman who sprayed finish in late 50's, still there in '78 when I had to go to Kalamazoo to demonstrate my skill to get certification as a warranty repair tech. I went with Seymour Duncan and Jim Lombard. The Sunburst now ,(195, would sometimes show a distinctly red blend from dark brown to yellow. Red, added on whim by the finisher, was not in the official Sunburst spec, but if the sprayer felt the urge, and one sometimes did, some rare examples show a triburst effect. Subtle, not like the Fender bullseye.
Then in 1968 the Les Paul returns and so does Cherry Sunburst. The color of red had changed in 1960 and there has always been some varied sunbursts dependent upon the tint supplied and the human touch and skill. Still, red to yellow was Cherry Sunburst. Around early 70's Sunburst is offered on Les Pauls officially, though now called Tobacco Sunburst ala Duane Allman.
This Tobacco Sunburst was the same as the Sunburst used on ES175 or ES335 etc. At some point it becomes Classic Sunburst to distinguish it from the Tobacco Sunburst comming from Nashville, which now look very dark brown, almost black, without the gradual fade/blend into yellow. A distinct blackish brown/yellow sunburst. The Cherry Sunburst suffered the same lack of gradation ala Nashville.
I still saw lots of variety. Pale Cherry and Tobacco hues to extremely dark varieties. Without the lables. One years Sunburst becomes another years Classic Sunburst or Tobacco Sunburst or Vintage Sunburst or Faded Tobaccoburst or Perryburst or Kindredburst, ......
Then all the shades of. I gotta stop, I'm using my remote on the smart TV and I'm hurting. This is hard and I'm beat up pretty good but it is what it be.