Gibson font - full alphabet

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  1. Mayuiers

    Mayuiers V.I.P. Member

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    I searched high and low on the web to find a full set of letters (uppercase and lowercase) using the Gibson font. Since nothing showed up I decided to create my own.


    I'm not sure that the original Gibson font is a font at all - it was created before most fonts were named - so there are only a few small examples to use. I based my font on the following logos:
    Gibson
    Orville
    Greco
    and to a lesser extent, the original Ibanez
    I also tried to use many of the fonts used by other builders/luthiers who have mimicked the Gibson logo.



    I'm sure the letters will make some happy and tick others off. That's fine. Everyone has their own opinion on how letters within a font ought to look. Unless Gibson decides to offer up their version, the letters I created are as good as any.






    A couple of notes to using the font...

    • I've included line displaying the proper angle so that you can align your letters using the same degree as the Gibson logo
    • The font is a rather gothic looking script. Due to this, you'll need to manually connect the letters together as you would when writing in cursive.
    • I suggest you copy the image, resize as needed, print the letters, and then cut them out or trace over them for your headstock.
    One more thing, the font is not perfect. It was just me sitting down for a little while on photoshop. I'm willing to make modifications if you're willing to give (polite) advice.




    Hope this helps someone somewhere out there in luthier-land.




    (I’m only providing letters. I’m not responsible for what you do with the font)
     
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Senior Member

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    Nice! Can you make a font like the use on the truss rod covers of the old Standards?
     
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    Mayuiers V.I.P. Member

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    I imagine that I can.

    If I remember right there are several truss rod cover fonts used by Gibson. Can you show me an example of the one you are referring to?
     
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    What's up with the capital J and the backwards lower case j?
     
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    Lipinhu Senior Member

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    Man, I love you. You made my day!!!:thumb:
     
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    voices Senior Member

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    awesome contribution! thank you!
     
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    2themax Senior Member

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    Completely awesome - Thank you...
     
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    bungle Senior Member

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    Awsome...thanks eh
     
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    emoney Senior Member

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    But, the question still remains; will these enhance tone and increase sustain?

    Awesome job, btw. This is what contributing to a forum is about. Kudos.
     
  10. voices

    voices Senior Member

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    If you are game...perhaps we could figure out Gibson's letter serials:
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    ^^^ Ron, I've kinda been tackling that project one letter at a time, as needed. I'll see if I can put those together that I have so far and post them.


    Frank
     
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    I've been using these letters, for the most part, and tweaking where necessary:

    [​IMG]


    Frank
     
  13. purevilpleasure

    purevilpleasure Senior Member

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    Yes it does....that's why until today I couldn't play for crap, I printed this out on a sheet of paper, taped it to my headstocks and now I have tone....almost too much. :thumb:
     
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    mgenet Earth = Cheese Burger Premium Member

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    Thanks for all the work, May. Nice job.
    I know how much work it is to develop a font series.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Barnaby Premium Member

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    I agree completely. Thank you so much for sharing your work and time with people here. This is extremely generous and kind. :applause:
     
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    Mayuiers V.I.P. Member

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    Compared to all that I've received from others on this board I've done nothing.

    Thank you for the kind words.
     
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    Good point about the lower case J. I'll turn the bottom "hook' around so that it points the other way.

    The uppercase J is going to stay as it is. I tried several versions and while it may look odd alone, it matches the rest of the font the best.

    And yes, making a font is a huge pain in the butt. I thought it'd be easy, but it took me nearly a week of work to get everything so that it works together and remains true to the Gibson logo font.


    (BTW, there is a font already titled "Gibson" but it looks nothing like the font used on the guitars).
     
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    poro78 Noble savage Premium Member

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    Good work!
     
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    slapshot Senior Member

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    :thumb:
    now i can make an Orville logo for my Orville resto :applause:
    did you do this at 300dpi? some letters have some parts that are not as crisp as others
     

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