I dinged my new guitar. What to do

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  1. CaineIsCarter

    CaineIsCarter Tele-Meister

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    I dropped the screwdriver while I was tweaking the action on my new AO Tele that I only picked up yesterday. It’s left a ding in the beautiful finish and taken the colour out too.

    After I stopped crying, I began feverishly scouring the web for LPB nitro touch up paint.

    Should I try and fix the ding? I’m worried I’ll only make it worse. I know it’s inevitable that guitars pick up dings and scratches, but it really stings because I only just got it.

    Should I just accept it and leave it alone?
     
  2. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

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    Adds character!
    Seriously I wouldn’t worry about it. I would think it looks plenty awesome with a ding fwiw.
    I also find it freeing to not obsess over keeping the guitar pristine and just play the darn thing.
     
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  3. Kid Telecaster

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    Yep. It’s the first ding of many and you have been spared the agonising pain of weeks or months in waiting for that first ding.
    Enjoy the guitar now, swing it round a bit, one day you may even drop it, it’s not a priceless Modigliani painting, it’s a plank of wood that makes sounds.
    But I do feel for you. And a good luthier should be able to fix it.
     
  4. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

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    Try just living with it for a little bit, and see how you feel about it after you get over the disappointment. If it still bothers you, it can be fixed.
     
  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Like Mick Ronson said, “Play, don’t worry!”
     
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    I always just use a drop of nail polish in the same or closest color I can find, and after joining these forums I've found that lots of others do the same thing. It's not flawless, but makes it look a lot less noticeable.
     
  7. hellopike

    hellopike Tele-Afflicted

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    Well, the seal has been broken, the card has been punched, the cats out of the bag. Like others have said, it’s the first ding that hurts the most, but now you don’t have to worry about it. Just enjoy it and consider it part of the guitar now.

    Or slap a sticker over it. ;)
     
  8. FloInPA

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    I feel your pain. I put a nasty scratch in my favorite acoustic and it really bugged me. I couldn't polish it out, too deep. I ended up putting a sticker over it so I couldn't see it. That's been a while ago and I've pretty much forgotten about it now. Not sure if that would work where yours is marked up, but it's a thought. I realize not everyone is into that kind of thing either--mine is a theme that has personal meaning to me and matches my guitar strap, so it works.
     
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    The only guitars that don't get dings are the ones that never leave the case.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    how 'bout a photo..

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  11. AAT65

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  12. nicod98

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    It's like your car... would you drive with a small dent?
    • No: fix it as good as you can.
    • Yes: leave it and call it "character", "mojo", ...
    I have fixed some dents, almost to being unnoticable. I have left some others, because it shows that the guitar has "lived".
     
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    My Jag in fiesta red nitro is my favourite guitar. in the first 2 weeks it got 2 dings, one took a big chip out of the paintwork near the Jack socket. It was a bummer, but I decided to leave them alone. It is also worth noting, that it's really hard to get a colour match to Fender paints, so in all fairness I would leave well alone, although YMMV.
     
  14. Guitardvark

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    photo document it in diary and memorialize them. :)

    every dent tells a story
     
  15. rze99

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    I too feel your pain. I know that feeling that's why I rarely buy new!

    Take it to a good nail bar get the best there to match the color and fix it in the bar or sell you the nail lacquer

    Or

    Some good luthiers will do these small repairs for a sizable fee.

    I've never done either of these things but I nearly did before accepting that it was just the first ding.
     
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    Maybe this is the strong and only argument for buying Roadworn, how can you first ding something when someone beat you to it? :)
     
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    Attach a pic of the damage. Sometimes you can repair it and sometimes it's too risky but it depends on the location and degree of damage.
     
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    Without pics, it never happened! :cool:
     
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    It sucks when you ding a brand new guitar. However, judging from your joined date, I think it’s safe to say this is not your first ding. Carry on.
     
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  20. CaineIsCarter

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    Thanks for the replies. Here’s the ding; as you can see, it’s almost as big as the Chicxulub crater.

    Think I might buy the Northwest Guitars lacquer that someone mentioned - thank you.

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