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GALLERY: RS Guitarworks Rescues Rich Robinson’s ’63 ES-335

The step-by-step story of how RS Guitarworks rebuilt a hurricane-damaged ES-335.

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Robinson requested that his ES-335 be aged to look like its pre-Hurricane Sandy days. Here it is all buffed and ready for aging and reassembly.

We’ve all heard horror stories about instruments ruined by fires, floods, or other natural disasters, but sometimes these damaged goods do see a happy ending. When Hurricane Sandy handed lemons to Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and his beloved Gibson ES-335 in 2012, he decided to make lemonade with RS Guitarworks and launch an intensive restoration project. These images document that amazing operation.