Damaged Tele during shipment

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  1. Neener

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    Welp, received an 89 MIJ Tele today from Japan I had bought off Reverb, and unfortunately, it was damaged during shipment. Not sure what to do really.

    I don't think a return is necessary. A) Its a pain in the a$$ B) The guitar is by means broken, just a huge bummer.

    It wasn't shippers fault, they did pack quite well, despite being in a gig bag...Their store had all good reviews from other international buyers, including comments on their shipping process/packaging. They were super helpful and responsive despite being 13 hours away and not speaking the same language. They even sent me origami with a handwritten note!!! I feel terrible haha. Also I should note there were pieces inside packaging so wthat rules out it being sent broken.

    So is there in anything I can do? I can't really track down who was to blame between USPS or Japan Mail...

    Any suggestions on a quick fix (besides "don't buy guitars online")? A guitar shop suggested I just fill the jagged area with super glue...I was considering just sanding area down...I don't know...Super bummed!

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  2. Nightclub Dwight

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    Can you file a claim for damage with the shipping company?
     
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    File claim for damage with shipping company, or start a new lineup, road worn MIJ Tele's?
     
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  4. Neener

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    I'm going to wait for the Reverb seller to get back and see what he says. Maybe he can start a claim with Japan Post
     
  5. Neener

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    Yes it just came pre-reliced lol
     
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    If you decide to keep it, grind off some forearm relief on the shoulder and spray it black.
     
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    That will buff right out!
     
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    There is no "quick fix."
     
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    A skilled repair man can fix that so that it becomes invisible
     
  10. ladave

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    Bummer for sure. I would want that properly repaired myself. Looks like a nice guitar. How is it otherwise?
     
  11. Neener

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    Ha I wish!
     
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  12. Neener

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    There's a highly respected luthier about a half mile away. It's usually a few weeks wait but I'll just have to suck it up and be patient.
     
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  13. Neener

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    Plays great. Fret board is nice, pickups are decent. Very light which I was surprised by.
     
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    Get a repair estimate from a qualified luthier before deciding whether to accept whatever settlement offer the seller or shipper makes. If it was pristine when you paid for it, its resale value is now substantially less.
     
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    Looks like you could probably drop fill that with some super glue like advised, it will need to be mixed with black stain and it will be a visible repair. Maybe you can come to an agreement over a price for your troubles. I wouldn't return a nice playing, sounding guitar due to that damage.
     
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  16. Neener

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    Lets say I decide to do a quick drop fill with super glue, would I still be able to take it to a luthier if I decide to get professionally repaired?
     
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    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

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    Yes but why would you? If you fill it properly and sand it back, work through micromesh and polish you should be able to achieve the same results a pro would.
    It will take a lot of super glue over many stages to fill that amount of missing finish but should look decent when done. You are lucky it's confined to the black area only.
     
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    Good thing is that damage is limited to the black area of the burst.;) Makes it a whole lot easier to fix. But still a pita to get that done properly. Even pitch black is not always the same color. You get reddish, greyish, brownish shading, you name it...
     
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  19. Neener

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    Yeah I have zero craftman skills. Probably will leave it to the pros lol
     
  20. Chunkocaster

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    Stewmac has a video guide on how to do it. You just need some colortone black stain to add to the superglue and their small micromesh pads in the pack of 9 grades.
    A razor blade, some coarse sandpaper to get it in shape before switching to fine grit wet.
    If you fail just apply more superglue and stain until proud of surface and go again. Worst case you give up and take it to someone to fix and they will do the same.
     
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