the noisome exhalation of decay*


This 1968 Gibson Birdland suffers from an outgassing pickguard. As the plastic mocktortoise-shell material oxidizes and crumbles, the gasses corrode the nearby metal of the pickup covers causing the lovely discoloration of decay visible in the photograph. The unsalvageable pickguard can be replaced and the pickup covers can be stripped, prepared and re-plated in 14k gold.

*Tolkien

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5 Responses to the noisome exhalation of decay*

  1. Liz says:

    Yep, Nitro it is….Not good in a closed envrioment….Gary

  2. james says:

    wow, you guys can actually do re-plating? i’m impressed.Also, Which tolkien book is that quote from? i don’t remember it.peace,j

  3. normd says:

    was that just sitting in a case for years?

  4. CTP says:

    Is the pickguard nitrocellulose? That’s all I could think of that would decompose that way.

  5. stevemaller says:

    That reminds me: I have to go to the dentist and get my teeth cleaned.

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