Ok thanks for the advise guys. To put it in context the LPJ could probably do with a touch of TLC as the action is a bit high for my liking and the high E tends to buzz past the 11th fret. I've also struggled to get hold of a replacement scratch plate which matches the patina of the guitar, but see what you think of the images:
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I've had the sglp for about 15 years now and to be honest when I first got it was kitted out with grovers but thankfully the original tuners were still in the case. All they needed was a quick service and they were as good as new.
I think the head stock may have been damaged at one point along the side as pictured but even if it was it can't have been too bad. The jack plug was replaced before my time but I believe the pots are original as is the p90 which is a beast!!
I didn't realise the truss cover wasn't original but I'm sure it's old as its a totally different colour to the scratch plate which just doesn't look right at all. I've been trying to get an aged plate for ages but as yet haven't found any.
First thing is to make it play right so hopefully I can find someone who can get the action down and stop the buzzing.
I never implied that Kzoo wasn't mass produced, I said Kalamazoo Golden Era, and that is fact. Hardly disingenuous my friend.I have to disagree with Kris though, I love my Custom Shop and I don't find it lacking in character or mojo at all. Also, It's disingenuous to call Custom Shop guitars mass-produced and imply that Kalamazoo's weren't. I would say it's more like 75% as good as the '63 I played.
Of course, I still agree that you would be wise not to trade.