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R6 finish thoughts

spidey

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Hi

I’d love to get an R6. I have an R9 which I love. However, funds are a bit tight at the moment. So I had a look at the Standard 50s P90 Goldtop but when I saw it in the shop, I didn’t like finish. It looked almost like a ‘sparkle finish’ up close. Is the finish on an R6 like this? I’ve never actually seen one in the flesh.

Thanks.
 
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LPR6

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Well, the finish does contain metal flakes. But they are very fine. It might depend on the year. My new R7 does sparkle a little if you look closely. My R6 seems to have a little less sparkle.
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renderit

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This is a 2016 True Historic R6.

While I never CALLED it sparkle, there is a Bit there.

Kinda dependent on the light angle...


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jb_abides

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Might be something you are perceiving: because USA finish is different than Custom Shop... but shouldn't be 'sparkle'.

The fine metal powder is not what I consider a sparkle as in those with any perceivably individual flakes. Not at all... 'metallic' for the fine metal powder derived finishes, not 'sparkle'.

If you are seeing something more coarse grained... might just be a variation. Perhaps a mixing issue with the batch, etc.

Have any close-up pics of the one in question? Did you go see other USA gold tops to compare? Best to judge against another.

Yup, the USA are different than the Reissues as pictured above to help --
 
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goldtop0

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R6 are double gold these days, no sparkle just a honey gold finish.
 

spidey

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Thanks for your input guys. Beautiful guitars posted!
The USA Standard 50s p90 Gold top I saw was very much more 'sparkle' than those Custom shops you have posted. I need to see some other USA Standard 50s p90 Gold tops to see if this was just a one off or is the norm for this guitar. The shop only had this one on display.
 

Coachmoe

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I bought a 2023 R6 a couple of weeks ago. The finish code is DG for Double Gold. My 07 R7 has a finish code of AG which is Antique Gold. If you get a recent 50’s or 60’s USA Production Goldtop, the finish code is GT for Goldtop. They are completely different from the Custom Shop finishes.

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YoSkip

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I had an R6 and while I had it, I ended up getting a high end Tokai LS series and was blown away. I sold the R6. I like everyone else am partial to the "Gibson" logo - but man, those Tokai's really are special for the price. Can usually find them for really solid scores on Reverb. Get both! :)
 

bursty

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Hi

I’d love to get an R6. I have an R9 which I love. However, funds are a bit tight at the moment. So I had a look at the Standard 50s P90 Goldtop but when I saw it in the shop, I didn’t like finish. It looked almost like a ‘sparkle finish’ up close. Is the finish on an R6 like this? I’ve never actually seen one in the flesh.

Thanks.

I'm no expert but over a period of many years I have seen gold top finishes that look kinda all over the map.
I'm not talking R4/R6/R7 but old vintage Gibson.
I think it has to do with environmental issues, how any particular guitar has been stored, taken care of, etc.
Some of the non vintage/newer Gibson goldies seem to be inconsistent in the gold finish color so, I would not be so inclined to be that particular about comparisons.
If you don't like the finish on a particular example just look somewhere else IMO.
Good luck

NOT Gibson guitars: These 3 all came out of the same shop yet they are all different shades of gold and that never bothered me :D
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renderit

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They changed throughout the years as well.

The same r6 (2016) next to the 2014's r4.

And it depends on the position of the light source.
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And that r4 next to a Historic Select HS4 (2015 when the 'darkened' the gold)
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The 2015 gold on a r7
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RJLII

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I went a different way. There’s not a lot of these, but they’re worth seeking out.


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