• Saturday, December 27th, 2008
From where : Ebay (US)
Received : August, 18, 2008
State : Pretty damaged
Some photos of the “received state”
Today (09/08/2009), almost a year later, i restarted the project. Next week i have off and reserved some time to do some cosmetic and cleaning works (retolexing the case and cover and cleanup the guts & keys).
Below some photos from the first stripping actions; first I removed the (shuffled) keys and put them in the dishwasher. Ofcourse I adjusted an acceptable temperature, else the black keys plastic would be damaged or the color changes into a vague black/blue color. Next I removed all the guts, which was actually quite easy to do. After this (next day) I carried the empty case and cover outside and ripped off all the tolex (vinyl / jute) which was strongly glued on the wood. But with some painting tools (putty knife, wallscraper) it was fixed within three hours.
The next job wil be restorating the case. There are several holes and damaged (missing) wooden parts. Even the whole wooden left-side of the case was already gone when I received the organ. (see first pictures) So let’s start with sawing, filling, sanding, molding etc….
Filling more cracks…
The case is finally finished after hours of filling and sanding. I tried to find the original covering / bookcloth / tolex / vinyl that was used in 1967. I didn’t managed to find something similar. A friend of mine that knows a lot of covering materials analysed the Gibson cloth which seems to be a linen material, drenched in transparent liquid latex (so the linen got more stiff). After this process the covering was probably painted (beige & green). Because the original covering looks more like “cotton” instead of tolex, i decided to use a material that was more close to cotton then (Fender / Rhodes) tolex. The only descent “cotton-like” material i could found was Fender’s “Tweed” covering. They used it for amps. Since i couldn’t found the original (or close to) covering i didn’t want to do concessions for surrogates.
Actually i am quite happy with the look! Actually i used the back of the covering which is more neutral beige with brown. The other side (that Fender uses) is more yellow with brown. I save the yellow/brown side for the front. The Gibson is originally covered with beige on the sides and the back, then the green on the front. For the green on the front i will use the yellow/brown side from the tweed. In this way i keep the “color-twist” and it does (a little bit) justice to the original.
And the next day the front with logo!