1960’s Gibson ES-330 Restoration
This Early 60's Gibson ES-330 was brought to us in need of some restorative work. What's particularly cool about this old guitar is that belonged to Bettie Buckland, who was a professional banjo player in the 1960's. The guitar belongs to her two sons, Tom and Andy.
In addition to a refret, this guitar also needed a new nut and the owners wanted to replace these aftermarket tuners with something more period correct.
The first thing we did was remove the current tuners. At some point, the screw heads had become fatigued so there were a few broken screws that had to be carefully pulled out with other tools;. Since the tuning machine holes had to be widened out for the die-cast tuners, we will use conversion bushings so that the new, smaller tuners will fit nicely.
Once we have the new tuners installed, we move on the the neck. The guitar did not come in with strings on it so we put some on to help us get an idea of what state the neck was currently in.
Once we had the infomration we needed, we took the strings off and began pulling frets. You can see here that there is some chipping and debris that came up with the fret.
These chips and shavings can be used to fill in the torn spots it with superglue. Once dried, it is quite hard to notice that anything is different.
Here, you can see the fretboard after the chips had been glued down. You are also seeing a close up of he fret that has had the tang nipped off to fit inside the binding.
Once the frets have been installed, we use this block to file a bevel into the edges of the frets. This is part of the shaping process to make the neck as comfortable to play as possible.
Here we have the new frets after they have been crowned and polished. We after this, we fashion a new nut out of nylon to match the original.
The bridge on this guitar had also collapsed so we replaced that and also went through the process of cleaning up the metal hardware. Here it is before we started that process.