Emily Remler Gibson Restoration

$2,200 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 7 months
Susan Itkin  ORADELL, NJ
On what would have been her 59th birthday, this is a request going out to fans of the late, great jazz guitarist, Emily Remler, and to all jazz fans worldwide.

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.

Thank you!
Susan and Guy Kurshenoff



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Update 12
Posted by Susan Itkin
1 month ago
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Folks...we haven't forgotten about you all. The search for an affordable luthier continues! If you haven't already, please consider making a contribution for the restoration of this piece of jazz guitar history. Emily will smile down upon you! :)
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Update 11
Posted by Susan Itkin
3 months ago
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Just an update to let everyone know that now that we haved settled in back home we are finally ready to pursue the repair and we will start contacting potential guitar craftsmen. Thank you for your patience.
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Update 10
Posted by Susan Itkin
6 months ago
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To all our supporters: Thank you again, we are so grateful. Although we are only 1/3 towards our goal, we have gotten some good advice and recommendations from guitar restorers who would be interested in taking on this project, and could probably do it not only less expensively than Gibson, but possibly with more heart, too. We are in the process of moving back into our home very soon, and when we are settled, we will pursue these other options to restore Emily Remler's guitar. Hopefully we will have enough and we will keep you posted. In the mean time, enjoy this video of Emily accompanying Astrud Gilberto singing "The Girl from Ipanema!"
Emily with Astrud Gilberto
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Update 9
Posted by Susan Itkin
6 months ago
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An interesting, fun tv interview Emily Remler did for "The Guitar Show" in NYC in 1989. It includes a few musical treats! Please continue to support our fundraising campaign. We are still shy of the 1/3 mark. If you have already contributed, thank you!!! - and keep sharing. Enjoy <3
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Mark Waldrop
3 months ago

Pleased to hear that you're pursuing others to do the restoration.

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$2,200 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 7 months
Created September 18, 2016
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
AM
$100
Anthony Moye
5 months ago
$25
Kathleen Kirkham
6 months ago
SK
$25
SJ Kramer
6 months ago
SP
$50
Stephen and Patience Hudecek and Pierce
6 months ago
JB
$25
Jayne Barkman
6 months ago

Wish I could do more. Hope this helps.

JG
$50
Jon Glover
6 months ago
AA
$100
Anne Allen
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
HG
$50
HOLLE GOLDSTEIN
6 months ago
Mark Waldrop
3 months ago

Pleased to hear that you're pursuing others to do the restoration.

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