1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby AlmightyCrash » Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:28 pm

Very cool....I love projects.
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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby neepheid » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:19 am

It is almost done! The bass is refinished, reassembled and reminding me why I got it in the first place - what a sound! When a bass sounds authoritative through a 30W practice amp you know you've got something good going on.

When I say it's almost done, I'd like to redo the truss rod cover. I thought it was black, but Rich has made the headstock "none more black" and it looks grey by comparison. I will use inkjet this time, laser toner isn't as black as it likes to make out it is.

Speaking of Rich, I'd just like to say how pleased I am with the job he's done - the finish is sublime, beautifully polished and the attention to detail he has (like repairing the edges of the black face of the headstock) is second to none.

Suppose you want some pics ;)

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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby Ken Baker » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:09 am

That is extraordinary!

Truly excellent work.

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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby tonymannara » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:22 am

Agreed. Beautifully done and true to the original to be sure.

As for the headstock, the question is "how much more black could it be?" and the answer is "none...more black"

Smell the Glove...an album that has surely withstood the test of time. I submit "Rock-N-Roll Creation" as a hard rock song that would work in any generation. Or my favorite tune off the album, "STONEHENGE."

"We're not playing a free-form jazz exploration for a festival crowd"

Maybe you should name this bass THE GLOVE
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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby Madcity Fats » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:43 am

Very nice resto! I came *this* close to pulling the trigger on the single pup version of this model but ultimately decided it probably wasn't my thing. This thread has cast some doubt over that decision. Damn, but GAS is a fickle mistress!
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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby TDR1138 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:31 am

Madcity Fats wrote:Very nice resto! I came *this* close to pulling the trigger on the single pup version of this model but ultimately decided it probably wasn't my thing. This thread has cast some doubt over that decision. Damn, but GAS is a fickle mistress!


Well, there is one currently sitting on the Denver craigslist that might help that mistress... (no affiliation)
http://denver.craigslist.org/msg/2190078564.html
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Re: 1981 Gibson Victory Artist - restoration

Postby deltafred » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:49 am

neepheid

I somehow missed your post of the (almost) finished article.

Wow, what a lovely restoration job.

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