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Would You Send This Body Back??????

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Noeski, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Noeski

    Noeski TDPRI Member

    Dec 13, 2012

    Maybe I'm being a bit precious about this build that I have commissioned, but after a couple of months wait for the wood to arrive it turns out like this...

    I am going for a (not very cheap) 'Micawber' replica so a nice clear Butterscotch finish is planned, but I just can't help thinking that this ugly blemish is all I'm going to notice for the next 20 years when I play this thing...



  2. Noeski

    Noeski TDPRI Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    Pics showing up at my end...


  3. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    It wouldn't bother me in the least, but it's your guitar. I'd look at it as character. If you play the guitar it won't bother anything, and will soon have many (far worse) imperfections- scratches, nicks, dents, etc.. On the other hand, if you study it and focus on a spot, you'll never be happy.

  4. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    There is nothing wrong there. It's a natural material, not a piece of plastic with no interest. If every 1 piece body was discarded because of things like that, then bodies would be a 1000 dollars each.

  5. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Wouldn't bother me.

  6. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Looks like wood. :)

    You'll be surprised how much it evens out with some lacquer on it.

  7. dblues

    dblues Tele-Holic

    Apr 3, 2011
    smyrna tn
    Do you like everything else about it? If you do I'll bet that little spot won't bother you for long. And it's really going to blend in alot more when finished.

  8. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 14, 2008
    Manheim Pa.
    Leo Fender would have used it .

  9. gsh1968

    gsh1968 Tele-Holic

    Jun 16, 2008
    London UK
    Is it just marbling in the wood or has someone attempted a repair (which is what it looks like in the last photo)?
    If a builder has sent you a body with a noticeable repaired blem without getting your agreement first, then yes, I'd send it back.

  10. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    It would hardly be noticible if filled and then finished in butterscotch. Like the grain on the back. Back should have been the front.

  11. Chocklit_Thunda

    Chocklit_Thunda TDPRI Member

    Jan 28, 2013
    Benoni, South Africa
    I think blemishes like that add character... My pine Tele build has a pinkish "skunk stripe" line down the back... I think it looks cool :)
    My cort Yorktown has a blemish on the back near the bottom.... I love it! It matches perfectly with the girl I named it after who had a birth mark right under her bum where we thigh begins :)

    It's all about character and having a unique instrument. If it bothers you, tell people you got it when you used it to bash a werewolf on the head or something :)

  12. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    People will not notice it once it is finished.

  13. Commodore 64

    Commodore 64 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 1, 2010
    Kent, OH
    It's part of the wood. There are flecks and specks on the back too. You are being obsessive. Your guitar is going to have 5 strings and you are worrying about a natural anomaly in a a piece of wood?

  14. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    what blemish….. ? If ya order a piece of wood, and it arrives with the character one would find in wood…..

    Ron kirn

  15. guitar2005

    guitar2005 Tele-Holic

    Oct 22, 2010
    Canada, Québec
    I think it looks great.

  16. dazzaman

    dazzaman Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 12, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Exactly. If it is good enough for Leo...
    It personally wouldn't worry me in the slightest.

  17. walleyeman

    walleyeman Tele-Holic

    Jan 2, 2009
    Hills of Arkansas
    Send it back. It will only bug you more as time passes. You will see it everytime you look down at your guitar.

  18. JustPlay

    JustPlay Tele-Meister

    It's awful... Send it directly to me!!! :cool:

  19. Fred.T

    Fred.T Tele-Meister

    Sep 29, 2009
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I wouldn't mind the body but your bridge is missing a saddle ;)

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