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So I made a massive mistake on reviving my tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by maninblackboots, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. maninblackboots

    maninblackboots TDPRI Member

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    So gentlemen, I come to you I need of advise.
    The short version is this ; angry ex with a butane torch, a knife or chisel vs my tele. Needless to say the tele was in rough shape . I was able to sand out the majority of the damage which was on the body, but in my tunnel vision I failed to notice how much of the top I had removed. Now where the controls are (2 t 2 vol) the wood is practically paper thin and I foolishly added a forearm contour and belly cut to the body- leaving a hole approx 1/16th wide and 2.5 inch long where the top meets the side in the forearm section . I love this guitar and I am praying I I havnt made a bad situation worse. Any suggestions, thanks guys
    Fyi it's an ja -90 thinline semi hollow body
     
  2. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    It's very difficult to comment or advise without pictures......but I'd say STOP! Do nothing more and be grateful it's still playable. ;););)
     
  3. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Learn from your two mistakes.

    1. Never leave a guitar where a vengeful womern can get at it.

    2. Never attempt to repair something you have no experience with, and *then* ask for advice afterwards.
     
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  4. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

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    You'll have to post pictures BUT it sounds like you could have the top planed flat and add a new top to it.

    Would be easy for someone with a fraction of woodwork experience. Using the backside as the template to rout the top too.

    Hard to know without pictures though.
     
  5. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Pics please
     
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    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Thread useless without pics.

    Also I'm hearing this song...

    "should of kept it every Thursday, Thursday, Thursday in the afternoon...for a couple of beers, and a game of pool..."

    But seriously, sorry to hear about your guitar...
     
  7. Bob J

    Bob J Tele-Meister

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    Given the damage caused by your ex, perhaps the work you’ve attempted on your tele wasn’t your biggest mistake?
     
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    forget the guitar-
    that woman is a keeper
     
  9. stratisfied

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    Perhaps she was was helping by moving it off the back burner?

    My ex told the judge she dragged all my guitars up the stairs, across the garage floor and threw them in a pile to help me move out.
     
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    The Fender Custom Shop might be interested in hiring her for their relicing department LOL
     
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    voskarp Tele-Holic

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    :lol:
     
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    Remember the Crazy/Hot matrix?
    :eek: :cry:
     
  13. jfgesquire

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    The Judge looks at the prosecutor and says: "That's a generous plea offer. First offender?"

    And the ex-girlfriend defendant blurts out: "No, first the Gibson, then a Martin, THEN the Fender."
     
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    “That’s a dude.”
     
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  15. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave Tele-Meister

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    I was thinking along similar lines.
    Planer / thicknesser, and put a new maple cap on there.
     
  16. somebodyelseuk

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    Only advice I have is replace the body...
    ;;;and as for the ex, remove the teeth and hair, and find a pig farm.
     
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    I think you killed it, man.

    Sure you could plane the top off and put a cap on it--but could you, really? I mean, no offense, but that's a much bigger DIY challenge than repairing scratches and, well, that didn't go so good...
     
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    Sorry about your guitar.
    But I bet that Tele stayed perfectly in tune even after that terrible torture (because Tele always stays in tune, right) ;)
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Typically, I'd have a joke somewhere about here. But having gone through something like that with an ex situation (and a damaged acoustic), you have my deepest sympathy, and I hope the tele was the only damage (physical and emotional).
     
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    +1 The "right" repair option would be to put a new top onto the guitar.
    But it could very well be more sensible to just replace the body.
     
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