1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Bringing your older offset back to life.
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by maximee » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:40 pm

Great progress! I've read up a lot about refrets but the steaming out divots was new to me. Thanks for sharing that!
What frets are you going for? I see titebond in the picture. Do you use that to glue the frets on place? Glue + hammering the tang in? Or did you remove the tang and just glue them?
I usually don't glue my frets and I've seen other people use CA glue mostly.

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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by tribi9 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:02 pm

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Very nice. I want to start doing my own fretwork. I just don't have the tools. Eventually, Ill probably have to get them. I have always been dissatisfied with local guitar work. The good guys are kind of far from where i live...

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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by antisymmetric » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:49 pm

Nice work/ great thread. 8)
Those before & after pics were funny. ;D
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by cooterfinger » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:12 am

maximee wrote:Great progress! I've read up a lot about refrets but the steaming out divots was new to me. Thanks for sharing that!
What frets are you going for? I see titebond in the picture. Do you use that to glue the frets on place? Glue + hammering the tang in? Or did you remove the tang and just glue them?
I usually don't glue my frets and I've seen other people use CA glue mostly.
There's a guy on one of the other forums that does amazing restorations on Gibson SGs an he uses titebond before
tapping in the new frets. I just followed his lead but I have to say I really like the process. It works great. Plus, if you
ever need to remove the frets again, heating the fret with a soldering iron will loosen up the titebond nicely.
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by Con-Tiki! » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:50 am

The divot thing is cool. I assumed the wood was worn away, not compressed. I've repaired similar dents in rosewood boards by gluing chips of rosewood and re-sanding the board.
Makes me wonder if i could have steamed them.
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by cooterfinger » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:27 am

Con-Tiki! wrote:The divot thing is cool. I assumed the wood was worn away, not compressed. I've repaired similar dents in rosewood boards by gluing chips of rosewood and re-sanding the board.
Makes me wonder if i could have steamed them.
Yeah, I figured it was worth a shot. I've steamed a lot of dents out of wood but never tried it on a fretboard before. I've always done the same as you, fill the missing rosewood. I use rosewood dust, a razor blade and super glue. But, I'll be using the steam method next time since it worked so well with maple. Remember to lightly score a new razor blade along the grain in the divots first. That will allow the steam to get down into the divot and swell the wood.
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by funkyeah! » Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:14 am

this is AWESOME
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by cooterfinger » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:29 pm

Thinking I might go with a w/b/w pickguard instead. It would give me more color options.

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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by Postmortimer » Mon May 22, 2017 2:15 pm

Where did you get this body made? It looks great and I've been wanting to build one of these for a while now?
Thanks in advance.

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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by cooterfinger » Mon May 22, 2017 3:47 pm

Thanks. I made a template of the original body and made the body myself. The original body was in pretty rough shape. Here's where I'm at now.
I couldn't get all the stains out of the maple fretboard so I dyed it ebony and installed white side dots. I still need to paint and wire it up. Maybe someday.

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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by HNB » Mon May 22, 2017 6:20 pm

Looking great as usual!
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by antisymmetric » Tue May 23, 2017 12:20 pm

The steaming out divots idea is brilliant and makes total sense- have filed this under "Why didn't I think of this?"
Nice work! :)
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by cooterfinger » Wed May 24, 2017 1:59 am

Thanks guys! Can't believe this thread is 4 years old and I still haven't finished this. Makes me realize I started way too many projects. Fortunately I'm down to 6 guitar projects and I promised myself I wouldn't start any new ones until these are complete. :blush:
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Re: 1979 Gibson Marauder Restoration

Post by Yeatzee » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:30 pm

Never seen one of these before, kinda cool!

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