It's Tuesday. The holidays (despite the restraint) are over, bracing for work soon. Decided to re-visit this Standard because it possesses the most attractive tone this side of Gibson. The pickups there are a pair of Burstbucker Pros. Usually, the 500T gets my vote for being the all-out, distortion-inclined beast but there's something about the BBP that is both menacing & vintage without turning me off. So today, I've lowered the pickups a little in the hope of hearing some early Led Zep-esque tones, you know, those single-coil-ish affair. These did not disappoint but I'm not a Led Zep fan in any way. My dad would have enjoyed their music tremendously.
From this angle you can see that the body binding had lost all hope of still being creamy. So to all those Gibson owners with body binding, please do not lose hope or think that your instrument is now of lesser significance due to this occurrence. The body binding is the most susceptible as it is being treated together with the entire body in the finishing stages. The extra chemicals there will cause it to change differently over time. Next in line would be the neck binding but mine still looks a little creamy but not for long. Compare all this to the cream pickup mounting brackets & the the poker chip & toggle switch cap, despite them being made from a different materials. Note that the inlays are browning off as well.
A fret set of La Bella strings for the Standard as it accompanied me till the sun set today trying to emulate the Dissection (Reinkaos) tone. That's right, even the 'Les Paul' label there is fading into obscurity.