A few months back I got another visit from my friend Gary Westlake. He had previously brought me a 1955 Stratocaster that you can see in a previous post. This time the patient was his 1967 Gibson Trini Lopez. It was in pretty disappointing condition for such a cool guitar. It had been both previously modified and had an attempt at a restoration of sorts. So Gary, being a person who knows what he wants and is not afraid to make it happen, asked me to peel back the years of abuse and perform a restoration. Here’s what I had to work with:
It’s common to see unfinished projects, probably started by do-it-yourself-ers, that might not have realized the challenge of the task. I love making wrong decisions right. It’s in my blood. Here are a few photos after I removed the finish to reveal a fresh slate.
An uncommon find is a Gibson that originally was equipped with humbucking pickups, converted to mount P-90’s in their place. You usually see the opposite mod.
There was also a bit of water damage that had permanently stained the wood, preventing me from being able to use any type of transparent finish. However, we had a plan for that. Stay tuned for the after photos, coming shortly.