#1
Hello everyone, longtime lurker, first post

After following the advice of many on this board, I picked up a Epiphone Les Paul Custom from Guitar Center on Saturday.

One word: WOW! What a fantastic sounding and looking guitar, I'm very happy with my purchase so far.

One issues though! I had heard the gold hardware (pickups, bridge,etc.) would start fading over time, I can deal with this. After playing tonight I had noticed the bridge pickup was already a MUCH lighter color of gold/silver from where my hand had been resting earlier today. Keep in mind I've only had the guitar for less than two whole days. Is this just varnish or something wearing off from being on the shelf under the stickers, or is the gold already stripping away.

Is this normal, should I contact GC for a new one? Is my hand sweat deadly acid ?

Thanks
#2
please clarify for me...
your hand was on the actual pickup? or the bridge?
unless the hardware was some seriously fake stuff, that shouldn't happen...
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#3
It's normal. Epi uses the worse gold hardware I've seen. I had a guitar teacher's who had his for a little over a year and he said thats what happened after not having it too long. It adds to the charm imo once the guitar gets a bit more beat up.
#4
Forgot to mention its the very edge of the pickup, the part that sticks out under the Low E. The fleshy side of my hand had been rubbing against it as I was working on a long solo today and muting the low E.

Probably bad etiquette =(
#5
regardless of the cause of the discoloration, i strongly suggest you modify your technique to keep your hand from resting on the pickup. i don't think i've ever seen a guitarist do that, and i can't think of a reason you'd want to. it's probably hurting your picking technique and keeping you from improving.
#6
My ESP/LTD EC-1000 gold bridge hardware is fading from Palm muting too, but this is after like, 6 months of owning and muting, and you're saying like, a few days? That's ****ed. ask them
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#7
my RR5 didn't have this problem until day ago and mind you i had this guitar for two years.
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#9
Hmmm... I think I'm to blame I suppose. I was being sloppy and moving my hand forward in order to play faster. I suppose the side of my hand (or any part of my hand) for that matter was meant to come in contact with the pickup cover.

I'm getting the guitar setup tomorrow at a small local shop, I'll ask and see what he thinks about it fading so fast.

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#11
it's not that bad, it adds charm i think. my schecter's bridge saddles are showing slight fade after a year and a half now
#13
What would be cool is after a few years when you don't want to bridge anymore, just pound 6 rusty nails into the body and tie the strings to them as the bridge....

I think that would be gnarly, especially if it was still playable... but that's just me.....

Aside from my dreaming... don't worry about the gold finish, try polishing it a bit, I'm sure it's just a bit of tarnish.... and if it doesn't go away, I agree with everyone else.. it adds character.. And besides I don't think aged gold hardware looks bad at all...
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I mean I've been reading the forums for quite some time, but have not registered/posted before.

By that I guess I meant I was lurking without contributing to the message board
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What would be cool is after a few years when you don't want to bridge anymore, just pound 6 rusty nails into the body and tie the strings to them as the bridge....

I think that would be gnarly, especially if it was still playable... but that's just me.....


You know, it would actually be cool to make a custom guitar like that. Maybe not having nails actually holding the strings in, but make it look that way. You could paint the guitar a rust color and make it look as though it's a hundred years old.
#17
Anyone that pounds rusted nails into any guitar... For any reason...

Faded hardware does add character.
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It's normal. Epi uses the worse gold hardware I've seen. I had a guitar teacher's who had his for a little over a year and he said thats what happened after not having it too long. It adds to the charm imo once the guitar gets a bit more beat up.
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You know, it would actually be cool to make a custom guitar like that. Maybe not having nails actually holding the strings in, but make it look that way. You could paint the guitar a rust color and make it look as though it's a hundred years old.



Yeah, the rust color would be killer! Some custome bridge work with a tailpiece of nails would be killer...

But believe me (to gregs) I wouldn't go pounding rusty nails into a guitar just for the hell of it..

Besides, nails can't be adjusted lol
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#20
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Yeah, the rust color would be killer! Some custome bridge work with a tailpiece of nails would be killer...

But believe me (to gregs) I wouldn't go pounding rusty nails into a guitar just for the hell of it..

Besides, nails can't be adjusted lol


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