Archive for December, 2008

Gibson G-101

• Saturday, December 27th, 2008
Brand            : Gibson                                                  

Model            : G-101                                                  

Year             : 1967                                                  

Serialnr.        : na
From where       : Ebay (US)                                                  

Received         : August, 18, 2008                                                  

State            : Pretty damaged

Some photos of the “received state”

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Gibson G101 damaged 004 Gibson G101 damaged 005 Gibson G101 damaged 006

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.

Gibson G-101 without keys Gibson G-101 empty case Gibson G-101 Empty
Gibson G-101 casing Gibson G-101 stripped case Gibson G-101 old tolex

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….

Gibson G-101 - Damaged corner Gibson G-101 - Damaged corner Gibson G-101 - new wooden left side
Gibson G-101 - new wooden left side closeup Gibson G-101 - filling holes Gibson G-101 - overview

Filling more cracks…

Gibson G-101 - wood damaged Gibson G-101 - filling Gibson G-101 - filling
Gibson G-101 - wood crack Gibson G-101 - filling Gibson G-101 - filling

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.

Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothing
Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothing

And the next day the front with logo!

Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothing Gibson G-101 - reclothingGibson G-101 - reclothing