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Canfieldbay 10-17-2020 03:56 PM

1961 Gibson LGO Finish
I found my old Gibson LG acoustic and it has a crack and the finish has many spider like cracks. Those are in the finish only. What’s the best way to repair and refinish? Ithh B is also missing the pick guard.

CaffeinatedOne 10-18-2020 02:09 PM

Need to see pics. Sounds like temperature shock crazing. Once I had a friend who took his guitar case out of his car where it had sat overnight in the freezing temperature. He made the mistake of opening the case immediately when he brought it inside. He watched the entire finish craze like that - spider web cracks. It took about ten seconds. Happens when the lacquer finish expands at a different rate from the underlying wood.

I've always viewed finish crazing as part of the instrument's history and not a thing to be fixed. That's likely nitrocellulose lacquer - not amenable to a "fix." Respray, maybe, but then you're into a whole bunch of work for perhaps little return.

I'm curious about the pickguard. Was it applied over the finish or over bare wood?

Canfieldbay 10-19-2020 12:13 PM

How to send pic.
The pick guard was over finished wood. I can not figure out how to attach a picture

CaffeinatedOne 10-20-2020 10:46 AM

Post a pic on a secondary site, like pinterest. Then clip the url to this site.

Canfieldbay 10-20-2020 11:15 AM


It was posted in Pinterest search Gibson LGO

Canfieldbay 10-20-2020 11:18 AM


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