Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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.