Emily Remler Gibson Restoration
I own Emily’s most used and loved guitar, her red Gibson ES-330. It was her primary recording and performing instrument, and can be seen in many YouTube and instructional videos, photos, and on her album covers. It was given to me by her mother when Emily passed away. We have a letter of authenticity from a vintage guitar dealer that was written around 15 years ago.
Last October we had an extensive house fire, and the guitar was heavily damaged. We sent it to Gibson to see if they could restore it, but the $8500 that they estimated it would cost to do this is much more than our insurance reimbursement.
We hope we can raise $6000 to supplement the $3500 that we received from our insurance company. This would cover the $8500 repair, shipping to and from Nashville twice, and the GoFundMe fees.
If we do not reach our goal, or if Gibson determines they actually cannot restore it, we will return all donations.
While this instrument has great sentimental value to me, as a lifelong friend of Emily’s, I hope that music lovers worldwide will want to see this instrument preserved.
Susan and Guy Kurshenoff
Emily’s Gibson is still in the shop. The damage was extensive, and problems keep cropping up in the restoration. Hopefully we will have more news and photos soon.
It's been very slow going but there has been some progress. After scraping off all charred finish, some seams showed some splitting. That is being dealt with as seen in the pictures. The fingerboard was saved and new inlays have been installed. Body binding may have survived and will be restored. It also appears that the pickups have survived. That will have to be determined at a later date.
That is all we have to report at this time. We'll see if we can move the restoration along some, but this is not the only project that the tech is working on so this will still take some time. More updates will follow as we have them.
Thanks for your patience and interest and, of course, your contributions.
If you are new to this page, please consider making a contribution as we have not yet met our goal.
Susan & Guy
We would also like to tell you about an upcoming event: The Steve Herberman / Donato Soviero Quartet will be performing a tribute to Emily’s music at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC on October 19, 5-7pm.
We thank all our donors again for their support. If you haven’t already donated, please consider helping us bring this piece of jazz history back to life.
Important update! We have finally found a guitar technician who has agreed to take on the job. As fate would have it, the guitar actually found its way back into the hands of a tech Emily herself chose to work on it in the past! Details to follow at a later date.
We have many new likes on our Facebook page from all around the world. To our new followers, we have not met our financial goal yet, so please consider making a donation to help restore Emily's ES-330. Any amount is welcome. To our prior contributors, thanks again, and we will keep you apprised of the progress. It will be a long process because of the extent of the damage, and we hope to document it as it proceeds.
Susan and Guy