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82 Special NGD with a strange surprise

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I recently purchased an '82 Special from a seller on Reverb. The seller's photos did not include a clear shot of the headstock.  I believe most, if not all, Specials from this year had checkerboard logos, so I was surprised when I opened the case and this one didn't.  Not a big deal, but a slight disappointment.

As I always do, I started disassembling the guitar to oil the fretboard, check the wiring, remove old DNA and do a set-up.  I noticed some weirdness on the headstock and realized that someone had modified the logo.

 

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This was annoying.

But, the guitar is a keeper, so I decided to experiment to see if I could remove whatever was applied over the logo.  A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser turned out to be aptly named. With not too much effort, the original logo was restored:

 

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Gotta love the simple fixes.  That's a beauty!

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People are weird. That is a lovely guitar there!

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I like stories with happy endings.

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I dig happy endings too! Love those board Specials. Mine was the most resonant guitar I ever played, until 0006 came home. My Special rang like a bell.

What  is the neck on yours like?

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The neck carve is significantly thicker than my 1981 Special. A bit thicker and less taper from top to bottom than the Gibson slim taper carve, but with a very similar C shape.

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Congrats on the restoration and the guitar!  Luckily it all ended up good in the end, no thanks to the seller.  <_<  You oughta email a photo back to the seller to show off your restoration, plus point out strongly that he was definitely less than up front about the logo 'modification', or that otherwise he's a seller with poor attention to detail.

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I doubt the seller realized that the logo had been obscured.  I didn't notice it until I had the strings off and I was removing the truss rod cover.  I had to adjust the lighting to get a clear photo.

The seller's description was otherwise accurate and he was great to work with.

No harm, no foul. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Checkerboard era Specials are my favorite.  Attitude with the balls to back it up. 

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Very cool. What do you think it was that was obscuring the checkerboard?

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4 hours ago, polara said:

People are weird.

As ever-so-slight understatement.

Did the seller dislike checkerboard that much?

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39 minutes ago, Tortious said:

Very cool. What do you think it was that was obscuring the checkerboard?

Permanent black Sharpie is my best guess.

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It may have been a mod that predated the last seller?

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6 minutes ago, cmatthes said:

It may have been a mod that predated the last seller?

Maybe, but somebody sold it and hated checkerboard.

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Very nice,  love magic eraser and goo gone.

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17 hours ago, kizanski said:

Maybe, but somebody sold it and hated checkerboard.

Probably lost a lot of mony in a chess game at some point in his life. 

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Stunning Guitar

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On 9/1/2019 at 2:01 PM, kizanski said:

Maybe, but somebody sold it and hated checkerboard.

Jeez, if only Hamer had made guitars without the checkerboard, this person might have been happy.....

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Damn! That's nice! No idea why someone would do that. People ARE weird. They do things like saw the horns of "demonic" guitars like the Gibson SG.

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My very first Hamer was an 80 Special with the simple, non-checkerboard logo.  Maybe it's because I liked that one so much, but the checkerboard logo for me looks pretty cheesy.  I'd actually be disappointed if I bought this one and found it had that logo, but if I ever knowingly buy a checkerboard Special, it will absolutely get the sharpie treatment.

 

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