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A small dent i know but it bothers me ..

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Neil62, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Neil62

    Neil62 TDPRI Member

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    Ok i have here a limited edition ice blue tele with matching headstock ..it is one guitar i wanted to keep perfect ..that is until i dropped a plastic tablet box on to it ..is there any way i could possibly fix this ...?[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. Laren

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    Dents can sometimes be fixed by using a damp cloth and an iron. Just place the damp cloth over the dent and stick the iron on it, the steam should 'expand' the dented wood.
     
  3. cravenmonket

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    The iron/cloth technique might work, but it looks like the finish is cracked, and if you expand the wood underneath, it might flake off.

    Sorry about your guitar! It sucks to get that first ding.
     
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    If you want to keep something perfect, don't use it. Otherwise, suck it up!
     
  5. Wally

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    One can do a fill job on that dent. It will never completely disappear, but it can be made better and will never chip out and be made worse. The slow method would be with clear lacquer. The quick method would be done with ‘super glue’. If you are not good working this type of finish repair, find yourself a good instrument or furniture refinished.
    Fwiw, the steam method to sweat out the dent would require removing the metallic blue finish...and then you are faced with a big refin job. The sweat method is good only if the wood is already exposed, ime....or if the color is simpler to work than is a metallic finish.
     
  6. Matthias

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    I find most fixes look worse than the ding on poly. I’d give it some time to see if you forget it’s there... I normally do even though it hurts when they’re fresh!
     
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    The only thing I would do is stabilize it and move on. That will keep the paint from flaking more. You could go to a specialty paint store and have them make you some touch-up paint. That will just change the appearance of the ding, not "repair" it.
     
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  8. Lake Placid Blue

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    Looks like the beginning of an authentic relic job. Wait a few years and see what else shows up. It happens no matter how hard you try to prevent it. I’m sorry it bothers you. It used to bother me until I realized I can’t do anything about it.
     
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  9. hemingway

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    I think you should fix it 2 weeks from now.

    If you still give a crap about it 2 weeks from now, I'd be amazed.
     
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  10. ping-ping-clicka

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    I know you value you instrument, and it's so pretty .
    First open the hard shell case take the guitar out,
    play la la la lalala lahhh,
    put the guitar directly back in the case and close it , always. between sets at practice alway
    remember there's a dent, scratch, broken headstock, out there with your guitars name on it, lurking like the famous snipers of WW2, laying in wait waiting for an opening, The first dent is an offering to the godz that gave us music and joy and everything that right in the world.

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  11. jrblue

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    This. Unless you are skilled, or have a skilled repair person, the result will be worse than the ding. Everyone thinks they can do this drop-fill fix, which is in fact totally straightforward, but most people lack the care and patience to do it right and end up with a ding plus a hack repair, which looks worse. Metallic finishes make zero sense for a guitar that gets played a lot because they wear weirdly and, as you have seen, show scratches and dings in a major way. Personally, I'd just let it go. I don't like dings either, but no played guitar makes it too far without looking used.
     
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  12. Peegoo

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    "That ding has allowed you to love the guitar for its inner self."

    -tiller2
     
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    I've been there and sympathize with you but I'm with the "stabilize it and live with it, trying to make it look like it didn't happen could make it worse" idea. Worrying about the small stuff just wastes too much valuable energy. Besides I've learned to love flawed beauty way beyond perfection. Just enjoy your instrument no matter what you do.;)
    (PS, lovin' that ice blue metallic!)
     
  14. P Thought

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    A couple years from now you'll be telling some heartbroken owner of a newly-dinged beauty, "The first one's the worst one."

    I'm sorry about the ding. I would like to see a picture of that whole guitar. I'll bet it's still beautiful.
     
  15. Neil62

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    LOVELY!
     
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    Nothing to do with this thread, just wanted to say I dig your blue stain Tele there, funny I am building one exactly in the same style....cool!
     
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    Looks great - I can't even see it from here!!
     
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    Unless you never take it off its case, a guitar will always get dinged. And even then, the finish will age into the case, sometimes in a not so beautiful manner if it never leaves it.

    I’m pretty sure you’ll forget about that in a couple of weeks. Or at least won’t really care anymore.
    Your guitar still looks pristine, it’s a really small ding. It’s actually so small that it could still be a new guitar to be sold with only a small discount as a floor model.
     
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  20. StevesBoogie

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    That is absolutely stunning, it would be perfect if not for the small ding on the back!

    LOL, just joking! Law #1 of the Guitar Gods is that "Dings Must And Will Occur".
     
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