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This Gibson selector switch label is conveniently referred to as the poker chip by the Les Paul community. It looks worn & could have seen better days so a replacement was acquired. Whatever surface it covered got cleaned up as well as seen here.

Please be informed that there is an adhesive cover on the underside that needs to be removed. It’s an included feature because:

  • Majority of the Les Paul surface is curved so the adhesive ensures a definite adherence to the surface
  • When fixing the selector back into its slot, tightening might displace the chip so the adhesive ensures it stays put.

  • Before putting it all back together again, I managed to take a look into the cavity & the wood shavings were all there. I wondered why these were not blown away at the factory but it seems the finish was applied with these bits still there – yikes! They were scraped out in no time. This confirms the fable of  manufacturers hiding imperfections & ineptitude in discrete places. I believe this won’t be the case of the higher end Gibsons but we won’t know for sure.

    Alright, everything back in place.
    To be continued…

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