I bought a really good (near mint) condition '78 Ibanez PF200 recently. I took it apart, cleaned it up, put it back together again and set her up with some 010's and sounds absolutely amazming. But here's the issue; i visited some friends yesterday and one of the people there works at a company where they make medals and jewellery and he told me he could "redo" all of the gold-plated hardware to make them look like new, including machine heads, pickups, the works. Now, i was excited, as of course i would like to have the guitar look as original as possible, but i was wondering:
1. Does it harm the value of the guitar (in the unlikely case of me wanting to sell it off)
2. Would it noticably influence the sound of the guitar? We're talking microns of layers of gold so i would guess not but hey, who am i?
Any suggestions or experience would be much appreciated!