Early Melody Maker D - 1965/66

mrk

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I recently picked up a Melody Maker D body on eBay that had been parted out, refinished, you name it. The provided pictures in the auction showed virtually no trace of a serial number. I didn't give a lot of thought to this, as my plan was to sand it down and refinish as new, since it obviously didn't have an original finish, and I know enough about these old MMs to know what I was buying. However, upon wiping it down with a slightly damp cloth, I noticed that the serial number appeared to be RAISED rather than stamped
(Indiana Jones moment!) - see accompanying picture. Has anyone out there seen this before with these mid-60s Gibsons?

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Did it seem like the numbers "raised" when moistened?
 

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I'm betting they did. The numbers get punched into the wood, crushing the fibres down. Then the final sanding and finishing happens, removing a little of the flat area. Finally, along comes the water into the crushed fibres, and they pop right up above the lowered area surrounding them.
 

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Yes, the wood is in great condition. No weirdness that I've been able to identify. I will post progress pics as I get going on this.
 

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I'm betting they did. The numbers get punched into the wood, crushing the fibres down. Then the final sanding and finishing happens, removing a little of the flat area. Finally, along comes the water into the crushed fibres, and they pop right up above the lowered area surrounding them.
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