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NDG arrives and you find this........

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Larry K. Williams, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Larry K. Williams

    Larry K. Williams Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2003
    Athens, GA
    This is my new Fender Ritchie Kotzen Tele. The knob from the switch (where your tone control normally is) was loose and rolling around. Looks like this is probably the culprit.

    It came from Sweetwater, so a return would be easy. An exchange - well. They have two more, but they don't look as good, are heavier, and this one has a lot of flame in the maple neck. It feels good. I don't know how it sounds plugged, have not made it that far yet. Acoustically, it sounds really good.

    I notified the Sweetwater rep. He says he created a service ticket and wants me to talk to the service dept there. Now, this is a urethane repair of the finish will be quite noticeable, I think.

    AND - this is a small gouge into the finish. It won't rub out. When you drag fingernail along the edge, the ding grabs your nail.

    What is the TDPri opinion? Keep and ask for some consideration, return, exchange, other???


  2. dr_tom

    dr_tom Tele-Meister

    Sep 21, 2013
    First battle scar. I'd keep it and see about a discount.
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  3. Heyitsmejoeg

    Heyitsmejoeg TDPRI Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    Luv the neck on these guitars. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
  4. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

    Feb 4, 2017
    transit lounge
    Ask for discount
    Play it lots
    Add more dings
  5. kmcanney

    kmcanney Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Jul 16, 2007
    If you like the guitar and hate the gash, I’d touch it up with some black nail polish, wet sand (very gently) and call it good. You should be able to make it almost disappear.
  6. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    I agree with the black nail polish approach, in fact I have done this very thing and it worked just fine.

    After a few years of play the polish kinda flattened out and you couldn't really even see it..............

    Best of luck

  7. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    If you like it, ask for a discount. Congrats.
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  8. Darkness

    Darkness Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 7, 2016
    Stygian Gulf
    If you find that it feels and sounds excellent, keep it. Sweetwater will give you a discount. A guitar that speaks to you is hard to find.
  9. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2008
    You deserve a discount at the least
  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Great guitar!
    I'd keep it and play it.
    Minor wounds are going to happen.
  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yep, if you bonded with it, keep it and get the discount. Your Sweetwater rep should help you out.
  12. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    See if they'll give you a discount or some kind of swag, maybe some cables or something. If it sounds good unplugged, it'll sound good plugged in with good electronics.
  13. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Get them to send you some bulk strings and a leather strap. Take it down the local auto repair. They'll buff it out in ten seconds. Or - your guitar has it's first battlescars and you won't notice the next...... I'd try for some compensation in kind. Keep it. It's in an innocuous place. You'll probably mark it up yourself in months.
  14. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    I would go for a discount and fix it with black fingernail polish and CA glue. You can make it nearly invisible without too much work. Making it completely invisible is possible, but considerably more work. ;)
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  15. hotrodkid

    hotrodkid Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2011
    South Florida
    I agree with keeping it and shooting for a discount. Should be no problem with SW.
  16. Larry K. Williams

    Larry K. Williams Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2003
    Athens, GA
    Here is what she looks like from the front.

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  17. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 15, 2014
    I agree with the notion that if you like it, keep it. You can fix a ding like that in 5 seconds with a sharpie. You may need to hit Sweetwater pretty hard to get a fair discount. Cry like a baby and squeal like a stuck pig. I got an amp from them, a DR; it came with a busted reverb tank cable. An easy fix, I just replaced it, but the $10 credit they gave me seemed cheap-cheap; I could've made them take it back and send a new one; at least $100 in shipping cost I saved them.

    I'm tempted to urge you to send yours back and make them eat it, 'cause I guess I'm still grouchy about my experience, but that would just be for revenge.
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  18. Daddy Hojo

    Daddy Hojo Friend of Leo's

    Feb 25, 2011
    I vote for asking for a discount and NOT trying to fix it with nail polish. I've seen a lot of guitars with far more offending nail polish fixes than the original dings likely were. Maybe the tdpri folks around here are better at it than most, but I've seen some bad examples in the local music shops.
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  19. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Nail polish works. You just have to get the right shade.

    Hell, I've fixed imperfections with a Sharpie.


    I just now saw that Blue Bill confirmed my Sharpie fix.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2017
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  20. Platefire

    Platefire Friend of Leo's

    Nov 3, 2003
    North Louisiana around Many
    It's a Beauty, it would take more than a couple of scratches to make me part with it. Platefire

    Tell them you want $50 credit with them.
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