CW, some of the ones I got from GSP were on the black side and some of them actualy had a motted gray/black finish. Several of us looked at them and the general consenus was they had been refinished at some time. I still have one of the black ones and oldest son wound up with one of the gray ones that the finish hasn't stood up too well, the finish is starting to get thin. At the same time some of the nicer EG's I've got came from them so it was kinda hit and miss as to which ones you got. I remember calling the owner ( I can't remember his name but I do remember the heavy german accent) and complaining about the gray looking ones and after that I got the real nice ones that I've still got.