I finished up the Gibson TG-1 a few days ago. Thought I should go over the last bits of work I did.
So I tried to match up the finish and touch up the crack-repaired areas. You can see here that I took a small spruce board and tried a few mixes of brown nitro lacquer. I got one that was close and used that.
The cracked areas are nice and smooth now. I also hit the repaired areas with some blush remover to help blend the repairs in. The lacquer on the guitar is so old that it really didn't remelt so much - not surprising.
The owner is pretty happy with it though. It carries my limited lifetime warranty, which means if she wants me to take another shot at touching it up, I'll gladly do it.
And wait a month for the lacquer to dry this time.
And neither area affects the tone in any way.
The nut was a plastic replacement. It cracked on the bass side (see the yellow arrow in the picture), so I needed to make a new bone nut.
You can also see a big gap on the nut 'ledge' between the headstock veneer and the nut (green arrow.)
They fit perfectly. If this sort of thing happens, I find that the less you handle the chips or broken bits the better. Even a little handling will change their shape (breaking off more tiny bits) and they won't fit as well.
So, I made a new nut, but I forgot to take pictures of it! I figure there are pictures elsewhere on the blog - you can see how I make nuts on other posts.
I think I did 5 or 6 passes on this one.
The wood is Brazilian rosewood. Really nice grain.
Lately I've been using Stew Mac fingerboard oil instead of lemon oil. I like it. You get a nice finish and supposedly it helps prevent cracks. This board was so dry that it took two applications of oil - the first just got immediately sucked up by the wood.
I only had to put about a quarter turn on the rod to get the neck nice and straight.
By the way, you can see the new nut I made if you look carefully.
The finish on the guitar is in excellent shape and the polish enhanced it.
Tonally, the guitar has a fat, deep voice. Very rounded. I played it and then played my Martin 0-18T and the Martin sounds like a banjo compared to the Gibson. This is one amazing guitar.