Orignal. NOS (new old stock) Gibson ® Headstock overlays...
...factory leftover when they moved to Nashville...
These are for restoration purposes only on original models
Croxguitars do not condone the use of these overlays on any other make of guitar other than Gibson.®
A little info concerning fibre overlays and logo types
In 1947, the logo that is still in use today made its debut. This logo has a block styling with the "G" having a tail, the "i" dot is touching the "G," the "b" and "o" are open and the "n" is connected at the bottom. The logo is still slanted. By 1951, the dot on the "i" was no longer connected to the "G." In 1967, the logo styling became even more squared (pentographed) with the "b" and "o" becoming closed and the "i" dot being removed.
In 1970, Gibson replaced the black tinted piece of wood that had been used on the peghead face with a black fibre board that the MOP logo and other peghead inlay were placed into. With the change in peghead facing came a slightly smaller logo lettering. In 1972, the "i" dot reappeared on the peghead logo. In 1981, the "n" is connected at the top of the "o." There are a few models through the years that do not follow this timeline (i.e.: reissues and limited editions), but most of the production instruments can be found with the above feature changes.
( info courtesy of the Blue Book)
60-70's large head with Crown Inlay
LP Std. current size
LP 59 Re. small head
LP with Crown small head
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"I just got the headstock overlays this past Friday. All I can say is WOW! They are a fantastic product and I was kind of wondering if the price was worth it, but yes it is. I will be ordering some more from you in the near future."
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - LP Pegasus overlay, LP Custom Split Diamond overlay & LP 59 Historic overlay
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LP Model waterslide decal
Please email for other decals ( See link Below)
CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR OTHER GIBSON DECALS
|THESE ARE MADE FROM 2 MM THICK VULCAN FIBRE WITH MOP INLAYS AND LOGOS|
NOW AVILABE WITHOUT TUNER HOLES, LP59 AND SG/ES HISTORIC SIZE ONLY
Due to age some of these overlays may warp slightly, this is nornal and will glue flat to the headstock face when clamped. DO NOT BEND they may crack. Glue to headstock using Titebond or an impact adhesive, spread evenly and place in position and press down with fingers, remove any excess glue from around tuner holes and place a piece of perspex over the face and back of headstock and clamp evenly around the edges and along the centres line, leave for 24 hours.
A word on clamping. I use Titebond glue and cover the rear of the overlay completely. Cover the whole overlay face with a sheet of Perspex ( so that you can see to make minor positioning adjustments before glue sets)
Do not clamp directly on to the face of the overlay, it will mark or leave indentations, even worse if you clamp over MOP inlays or logo it could crack them. Clamp evenly all over, especially at corners. Don't worry about glue squeezing out, wipe whilst wet, any dried excess will sand away but you want to make sure there is an even 'seal' of glue all around the edge so that there are no holes between the overlay edge and the headstock.
The overlay may be slightly oversize in places so using a barrel sander on a Dremel or just sand with 240 grit paper on a block around the edges until you have a perfect shape to the original headstock. Smooth the surface of the overlay with 600 grit wet & dry, Do not use too much water as the fibre overlay may absorb, I use nahptha to Wet sand ( don't worry this won't hurt the inlays). When you are happy with the finish start applying nitro clear lacquer slowly building up over 2 or 3 days in the same way you would a neck or body. The overlays appear gray in their natural state, it will turn black as you clear coat.
If you cannot get the desired 'blackness' through clear coating we would recommend this method as acheived by our good friend Jeff Bush: "If the clear lacquer doesn't resolve the grey headstock issue as it did not for me I think this recipe works great and has far less complications than painting the black on."
Sand the headstock to 220 grit and then apply a pure black analine stain to the plate. Since the inlays are Mother of Pearl the dye will not adhere or blemish the logo or crest (this process would also work on decaled headstock prior to applying the decal). Repeat the stain application 2 more times between scuff sanding with the #220. Then clear lacquer application (nitrocellulose) using double coats sanded with #320 in between two double coats. The picture Below shows the headstock after the third sequence of two double coats, wet sanded to #1500 and buffed out on a flannel wheel buffer. The results are infinitely better than what Gibson did in the factory !
Also see Headstock Overlay Installation for further info
May I sand or file the base (1mm) of the overlay ? how ? it's hard ?
Should I sand the top and clean ? with what ?
Is ther a problem if there is few woodglue on the overlay, can I clean or sand ?
If you need to fill the existing tuner holes with dowels and sand flat , don't forget to check for headstock thickness before gluing as you will be adding 2mm with the overlay and the tuners may not locate so you would need to sand off 2mm from the bare wood face. Remove existing overlay with a domestic flat irom over a damp cloth and a putty Knife
Historic '50/60's logo large size overlay ('61` SG)
Overlay glued but not yet lacquered
Lacquered and assembled SG Std.
The other type available is the loose MOP inlays, I used these on my ES335 project which has the smaller '59 style headstock and logo as used on '80s onwards and current Les Paul, ES and SG models.
This is another way to acheive a real Gibson finish, it's a bit more time consuming and you need a cetain amount of skill. You have to make your own overlay from wood veneer, route out the rough shapes and glue the inlays with epoxy mixed with ebony wood powder then rub down with wet and dry, mask off the inlays and stain or spray with gloss paint. This can either be done direct in to the headstock or by making your own overlay. (bear in mind the headstock thickness)
click below to see this method by Dan
Making your own overaly
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