1964 Gibson SG Special Restoration

This guitar must have taken a fall on the face and was luck to have not broken it’s headstock.  The damage caused by the fall was visible by a large chuck taken out of the face of the headstock.  The Gibson logo was missing the dot of it’s eye and part of the b.  After filling in the missing wood the proper inlays were cut out of matching pearl.  The face was then prepped for touch up. The black was applied, and a tinted clear coat after to make the blacks match.  Once the finish had setup it was aged to match the rest of the original finish on the guitar leaving an invisible repair.  This repair also increased the value of this vintage piece by not having any visible issues.

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Broken Headstock on a Taylor Guitar

Here’s a common repair.  If you drop your guitar more then likely your going to break it…

We heated up some hyde glue while also gently heating up the broken section of the headstock.  After the glue was the right temperature and the neck was warm we made a 50/50 mixture of glue and hot water.  Injecting the thin glue into the deep cracks and adding thicker glue after.  The break was then clamped with form fit cauls and left to dry.  Once the glue has dried it is then tested for strength.  After passing the strength test the finish work begins.  This lined up pretty nice, but we wanted the repair to be invisible.  Air brushing the tones of the wood and drawing in the grain left a nearly invisible repair.

Taylor Headstock Repair

After touch up

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