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    let that be a lesson, people...... PLAY 'EM!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    Based on the distribution of corrosion and the fact that this guitar has been locked in a case for years, I'm betting that the corrosion is the result of gas released from the old celluloid pickguard. I am going to advise Holly to set the pickguard aside and replace it with a non celluloid replica. The celluloid guard should be kept somewhere safe but with room to gas off or it will smother in it's own gases (much as I do when I camp out in a tent).
    Mike,

    You're on the right track but the hydrocarbons burning off from that guitar environment are just as likely to have come from the guitar finish and case materials & glue, etc.

    I would say the light ends from all those hydrocarbon (solvent based) materials are probably spent now so the pickguard is good (stable).
    I'm a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

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    I wouldn't leave that pickguard in the same room with any of my gits!
    Some contend that rock 'n roll is bad for the body & bad for the soul
    Bad for the heart, bad for the mind, bad for the deaf & bad for the blind.
    It makes some men crazy and they talk like fools.
    Makes some men crazy and they start to drool.

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    OK, this is good - the guitar is on my bench right now and I have to check the serial number, but I'm pretty sure it is a 1956 Gibson 350. Pictured here is the very same guitar when it was new:

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    Great Googly Moogly.
    Some contend that rock 'n roll is bad for the body & bad for the soul
    Bad for the heart, bad for the mind, bad for the deaf & bad for the blind.
    It makes some men crazy and they talk like fools.
    Makes some men crazy and they start to drool.

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    Wow. That is super cool!
    I'm not sayin' that, I'm just sayin'......

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    Correction - it is an ES 350T. The serial number dates it to 1948 which is impossible, since they didn't start making the T until 1956. Here it is in action:



    I plugged her in and the electronics are intact. I never thought I would say this, but the tone sounded awesome just tapping the pole pieces with a screwdriver!
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    Danny's strap:



    Before:





    Note the proximity of the worst corrosion to the pickguard, which is why I suspect it to be the culprit.
    This is the undersurface of the Bigsby arm, which was directly above the pickguard.

    Last edited by tele savalas; 09-30-2016 at 02:43 PM.
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