Gibson HP 415 W - Front
Tracy Perry

Gibson HP 415 W - Front

You can see the dented area in the red box... but for what it reduced the price I think I'll be able to live with it.
The wrinkle in the pick guard is simply the plastic cover sheet has not been removed.
Difficult to say without a high-def close up but I think I could lose that dent and if I could do it a competent luthier or furniture restorer certainly could. It looks like you got a really good deal there.

Something I will mention as it stood out immediately is the fingerboard and bridge don't look like rosewood which means they are probably walnut. There's nothing wrong with using walnut assuming some care is taken in the choice of wood used but I've found it to be generally quite soft and prone to damage especially if it's untreated.

Wear is probably not going to be an issue for you (that's wear to the wood and the frets as walnut really hard to refret) but I would try and keep the wood as clean as you reasonably can. I would do some research to find out what you can best use to clean and treat the wood but I suspect lemon oil may be something to avoid.

Anyway, nice find :)
 
Something I will mention as it stood out immediately is the fingerboard and bridge don't look like rosewood which means they are probably walnut.
The new HP series that Gibson has uses a dense walnut for the bridge and fingerboard. I've got some string cleaner that I use on the Martins that does a pretty good job on the fingerboards also. Think even their J-15 uses walnut as the fretboard now. It's just one of those "cost savings" measures I guess. I doubt I will have any issues with it since I don't gig regularly and have enough guitars to spread the wear out between. Since it has a lifetime limited warranty if I do have issues that are not due to abuse they are pretty good about repairing (if they don't go boobies up before then). ;)
The finish on this one is nitro, so don't know if it would have much of a bearing - but honestly I'm not that concerned with the dent. That's one reason I purchased cheaper guitars to learn on - I knew I was more likely to give them dings. The dent is more of a compression ding than anything and probably can be easily removed or reduced if I decided it was necessary.
I've got a photo showing the dent in detail I'll add to the gallery.
 
That does look like a compression dent rather than a gouge so the wood is still there which means it can be teased back out with water and heat. I spent years learning how to restore antique furniture just for the hell of it. Not very rock and roll I know but I found it more entertaining than hard drugs o_O

The reason for walnut is CITES rather than cost but you are right about Gibson claiming 'dense' walnut however that's a bit of a stretch. While it's true to say that different varieties of walnut have marginally different densities, North American walnut varies between 650-700kg/m3. By contrast Ebony varies between 1,000-1,300 kg/m3.

I'm just being a little pedantic, I'm sure it'll be fine :)
 
Yeah, ebony is harder... but they've used walnut on mandolins for a long time. Main concern is long fingernails and dirty fingers. If you are a light touch player you usually don't have issues for a while from my reading.
And it's definitely a compression dent. ;)
 

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