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1974 Gibson F-5 restoration
A complete restoration of Gibson's top model from 1974. The neck was pulling up, binding was cracking and peeling off. This was a time consuming and expensive restoration but the results were worth it.
Detail: The neck was, I'm not kidding, held in place with a sheetrock screw from the inside! It took forever to get the neck off as it wasn't responding to steam. Finally the screw gave way. Gibson had really lost its way for a while in the 1970's