Out on our evening walk with the dog, we come across an acoustic guitar, headstock busted off, lying in the grass by the curb. I figured it could have been left out accidentally, so I let it be, thinking if it's still wanted, the owner would come out and claim it. NGD? Perhaps!
I went to the shop for a couple of hours. On my way back home, i swung by to see if it was still there. Sure enough, it was. The house was dark, so I figured it was deliberately discarded. Yoink! New Garbage Grandpa's Guitars Day!
Seems in decent shape…
Waaitaminute… that headstock looks familiar.
What? Who would just throw this away? New Gibson Garbage Grandpa's Guitars day?
Upon closer inspection, it's definitely not the real deal. The logo and headstock shape seem legit, but that's about where it ends. No serial number stamped in the back of the headstock, and the decal inside the soundhole looks like it was printed on a 1980s-era dot matrix printer. No model number or serial number there, either. Oh well!
There's also this little gem inside the soundhole where the truss rod adjuster is:
I'm guessing that's either the name of the company in China that made it, or it's their quality control sticker. "Does it look like a guitar? Fine."
Oh, and with the truss rod adjustment at the heel, I was amused that the guitar still had a decorative truss rod cover on the headstock!
So it's likely worth nothing, and now I know why it was kicked to the curb. The headstock is a pretty clean break, so with a bit of glue and some half-decent tuners, and I'll have a cool beater acoustic!