1968 Gibson Dove: Logo Repair








This amazing old Gibson Dove dates back to 1968. It’s a clean guitar with few bumps and knocks; it’s amazing to see a guitar of this age without any splits or cracks.

 

However, there is one nagging issue and that’s with its logo, half of it is missing!

It was made in the days when Gibson, in their wisdom, inlayed a M.O.P. plate into the headstock, attached the logo stencils and spray-painted the negative space.  After many decades the paint has begun to flake off.  I wonder how many more of these from that era are out there with similar peeling logos.

The remedy is quite straightforward. A logo stencil will need to be created. Care must be taken in masking off the area around the stencil because of the fragile finish.



A positive logo is made up and attached. The remainder on the head is masked-off

 

Numerous coats of nitrocellulose lacquer must be applied to build a suitable thickness

This is the result after many layers



The new logo is carefully cleaned-up and cut-back
The logo and headstock is treated to several coats of shellac to seal,  protect and help with the aging effect.

 

 








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