Headstock Overlays

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.®

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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 fiber that the 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 Custom
LP Std. current size
LP 59 Re. small head
LP with Crown small head
58 V

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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."
Ryan Kliciak
Calgary, Alberta, Canada -
LP Pegasus overlay, LP Custom Split Diamond overlay & LP 59 Historic overlay

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LP Standard Overlay

Current size, suitable for Standards, .Specials, BFG, Menace,Traditional etc.

£49.00

 

 

 

LP Reissue Standard Historic

Small size 59 Historics and reissues, some Studios.

£49.00

 

 

LP Reissue Standard Historic No Holes

Identical sized overlay to the above but without pre-drilled tuner holes recommended for Studios and Epi

Limited quantity . Available now

£49.00

 


LP Custom Split Diamond Overlay

We found some more!

£79.00

 

LP Pegasus Overlay

£69.00

SOLD OUT

 

 

SG Large 60/70's Overlay

Large Head with Crown, (SG'61) some 60/70's SG's and some J-series older acoustics

£49.00

 

 

SG/ES Historic Size Overlay with crown

Suitable for all current models that have a crown ES,SG and LP's with a 60's narrow neck.

£49.00

 

 

SG/ES Historic Size Overlay No Holes

Identical sized overlay to the above but without pre-drilled tuner holes

Limited quantity

£49.00

 

Explorer Overlay

Only a very few available!

£45.00 OUT OF STOCK

 

 

58 V Overlay without Logo

58V Overlay only

£35.00

Overlay with Chrome or Gold Raised Logo

£85.00

Put Chrome or Gold in check out note

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Vintage MOP Inlay 0.2mm Thick

End 50's correct Vintage Inlay, real MOP 0.2mm thicknes

Stunning detailed mother-of-pearl logo. Wafer thin for easy gluing and lacquer .We recommend that the rear of the logo is sprayed white due to its opacity

(Note: These are very delicate and we recomend that these are for the more skilled restorers)

The most widely recognized late 59 logo is available in limited quanities only.

£20.00

 

 

 

 

Vintage MOP Inlay 0.5mm Thick

End 50's correct Vintage Inlay, real MOP 0.5mm thicknes

Stunning detailed mother-of-pearl logo. Wafer thin for easy gluing and lacquer .We recommend that the rear of the logo is sprayed white due to its opacity

(Note: These are very delicate and we recomend that these are for the more skilled restorers)

The most widely recognized late 59 logo is available in limited quanities only.

£22.00

 

 

 

 

 

60's style Inlay 1.5mm Thick

60's-70's style real Mother of Pearl

£24.00

 

 


50's style Inlay
1.5mm Thick

50's style (current style) inlay real Mother of pearl

£26.00

 

 

 


 

THP "The Logo" Vintage Inlay

Stunning detailed mother-of-pearl logo.

The best ever..... End 50's correct Vintage Inlay, real MOP 1.2mm thickness

The most widely recognized late 59 logo is available in ltd. quanities.

£49.00

 

 

 


Crown Inlay 1.5mm Thick

Crown Inlay real Mother of Pearl - Buy online only with a logo, otherwise email to order individually

£13.00

 

LP Model waterslide decal
also available LP Special, LP Junior; LP TV; LP Model in silver.
state preference in check out note.

Please email for other decals ( See link Below)

Shipping Inclusive

£12.00 Each

CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR OTHER GIBSON DECALS

GIBSON DECALS

THESE ARE MADE FROM 2.5MM THICK VULCAN FIBRE WITH MOP INLAYS AND LOGOS


NOW AVILABE WITHOUT TUNER HOLES, LP59 AND SG/ES HISTORIC SIZE ONLY

Important: Before gluing to headstock check the tuners will locate through, remember you are adding 2.5mm to the thickness of the headstock

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

FAQ's

May I sand or file the base (1mm) of the overlay ? how ? it's hard ?
You can san the overlay face or back with 320 grit sand paper. However to reduce the total thickness of the headstock to accommodate the tuners sand the face of the headstock with an orbital sander and not the overlay.

Should I sand the top and clean ? with what ?
Sand the top with 320 grit sand paper then  800 grit wet and dry paper or rubbing compound (polish or cream) to get a flat smooth surface.  You will not harm the MOP logo. Clean with NAPTHA  (zippo lighter fuel) DO NOT OVER WET THE OVERLAY, IT WILL DAMAGE.
 

Should I glue the overlay before and after adjust the contour with sandpaper ?
YES, Glue the overlay first then sand to contours.
 
Can I drill the new hole after glueing the overlay or before ?
Assuming your using an overlay with pre drilled tuner holes Drill new holes through the headstock before final glue. Temporarily stick the overlay in place then pilot drill the holes. Obviously this does not apply if you are using a blank (no holes) Overlay in which case you ghlue in place and drill through the existing tuner holes.
 
When do I drill the hole for the trussrod cover ? after lacquer at the end or before painting ?
Drill out the truss hole cavity before you finally glue the overlay. You can tidy it up when final finishing. Do all  work before lacquer. Only lacquer at the very end.

Is ther a problem if there is few woodglue on the overlay, can I clean or sand ?
No, the wood glue will sand off when you sand to contours and generally clean up before finishing.. Make sure you have enough glue around the edges you do not want any tiny gaps between the overlay and headstock.

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 3mm with the overlay and the tuners may not locate so you would need to sand off 3mm from the bare wood face.

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.

Loose inlays

This is the only way to acheive a real Gibson finish, it's expensive and time consuming.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

Gibson Restoration: '59 Headstock inlay

Making your own overaly
(pictures courtesy of SG Lou at St.Moritiz Guitars)

   

 

Finished headstock.

This method is very time consuming and very difficult to obtain a good finish. Masking the Logo and inlay is a pain especially if you have to do it 3 times! This method is not for the amateur or feint hearted

 

 

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