Originally Posted by jim777
Anything in specific to watch out for, or to ask about? Is there a part "that goes", as it were? Are they easy enough to refret if the frets are worn through, or is that a big problem? Thanks for the info, too
I have written a review that I haven't yet put on HC I can post it here if you want it.
A true NY or pre gibson will have these features:
-Usually a solid black (white binding) or white (black binding) or red (white binding) flat topped body, there are rare koa and translucent flamed models. These have gold logos (instead of the white/black logos on the solid coloured models.) Any curved edges mean its Gibson made!
-The serial number (on the edge of the neck near the horn for the high strings) must start with N (for example: N1234 etc.) Gibson ones are marked TN. However the necks can be switched so its not a sure fire way to get an NY also soon after the take over Gibson used NOS parts on their new bodies so they sometimes crop up on Gibon era guitars.
-The heel on NY is totally flat (like a fender) whereas the newer gibsons have a subtle "sweep" like the old NON-AANJ Ibanez do.
The newer gibson designed guitars have a few other "improvements" to the classic designs, firstly the trems have been tweaked to work slightly better (I don't know what the tweaks are mind you.) Also the necks are now a moses or steinberger blend which isn't pure moses or pure steinberger. The original steinberger necks had a completely flat frequency response. Some people didn;t like this and Moses offer a replacement that sounds "woodier". The M/S blend was a moses blend that Ned Steinberger requested to be "more hi-fi" or with a flatter frequency response.
I have luckily never refretted my Steinberger so wouldn't know how difficult it is to do, however most techs charge more for graphite necked instruments. Also some techs won't even touch a steinberger! The thing to do is ask around for a reputable tech that has lots of experience and hasdone these sort of things before. Some of the people on the steinberger forum have even switched the necks to Moses necks when they need to refret but simply kept the original for retail value.
For a real NY expect to pay well into 4 digits I saw one in my local guitarshop go for £3000! Music Yo have just introduced "Newburgh" instruments which look identicle to the originals the only way to tell them apart is the serial number so look out for those!