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RECO GOLDTOP CONVERSION

With the gold lacquer sprayed, it’s time for top coats and polishing up, but first we need to take care of the binding and start relicing some parts. Huw Price rolls on with his marathon Greco Goldtop project…

DIY WORKSHOP

RECO GOLDTOP CONVERSION

With the gold lacquer sprayed, it’s time for top coats and polishing up, but first we need to take care of the binding and start relicing some parts. Huw Price rolls on with his marathon Greco Goldtop project…

PART SEVEN

1 Gibson probably used an angled blade to scrape binding during the 1950s and this is most apparent in the waist area on this ‘54 Goldtop

Last time around in our Greco conversion, we inished spraying gold, but the lacquer still needed to be removed all around the body’s top edge to reveal the binding before the final top coats could be sprayed. While getting ready to do this job, I find myself watching an online video in which famed Gibson relic-meister Tom Murphy demonstrates how to get clean lines, and binding that’s square and even in depth all the way around the top edge. It’s highly impressive stuff from a genuinely skilled craftsman, and I’m all set to make a binding scraping tool when the loan of a real ‘54 Goldtop gives me pause for thought.

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