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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jz63, Jun 4, 2018.
Funnily enough my 20 year old J-45 looks like it's been through a war but it doesn't bother me.
That finish is pretty thick. If you follow the instructions you should be able to do it. I took some belt buckle marks out of the back of my black Strat with it. Black is a lot less forgiving than butterscotch I am sure.
I wish my dad was around to read this thread. He let me play his guitar when I was a kid and and I scratched it up a bit. He wasn't too bent out of shape but I thought guitars were supposed to have scratches and dings!
I've got my Dad's Martin D16 - Dad was half blind and as a result bumped into things a good bit, so that guitar has several dings on the corners, back, headstock - each one is something he put there while playing, and to me, that's a real relic, and makes the guitar even more special than just having my Dad's 1st nice Martin. Cutting a hole in it to install a pickup was nerve wracking.
All of mine were bought used. None were worn but they all looked like they came off the wall at GC except for my acoustic which had a few minor dents in the neck from a misplaced capo. Guitars get played. Guitars get worked on. Evidence of use accumulates over time. Don't try too hard to remove that 1cm scratch. You might create a much more obvious 1" blemish. Enjoy your Telecaster and don't sweat it.
Not an idiot - but I can barely see anything - certainly nothing that looks like "damage". Personally, I'd leave it well alone and just get on with enjoying playing the guitar. No-one (other than you) would ever know it was there.
Actually, if that is just the clear coat, I think you can polish that one out. I used this stuff to remove something very similar on the front of my CAR strat. It takes some patience and lots of rubbing, but totally eliminated the scuff.
When I used to mountain bike the first thing we'd do with a new bike is toss it on the ground. Not to break it, but to get over the shiny newness of it and just get on with riding it.
It is really not bad, but I expect it looks worse to you than it is. The famous furniture artist & sculptor George Nakashima said that such marks from use add time value.
There’s a ding in my AS Tele that was done in the shop before I bought it. When I first found the guitar and tried it, it sounded and played so great that I couldn’t be less concerned, and now once and a while I see that dent I smile; I know this Tele, it’s mine
'Tis but a scratch!
019EDBBD-7841-4CAC-BB0E-15ECB73F168F by jz63 posted Jun 8, 2018 at 11:02 AM
Update: 15 minutes with D’Addario finish restorer has resulted in this.. its only really noticeable when the light hits it a certain way. PS it’s to the left of the window reflection on the right.
I am going to go with....yes....
“There is a great sense of freedom with relic guitars that non-relic guitars do not have.”
Is it similar to the sense of freedom with beat-up guitars that shiny new guitars don’t have?
I purchased a BRAND NEW Les Paul Standard in 1992, and took it to a local guitar shop to have an EMG set put into it. I got it back with a ding right on the front of it - I only owned that guitar for about a week! I was pi$$ed!!!! My girlfriend at the time said, "Oh, just paint some nail polish over it."
She almost got hit with it.
'hello darkness my old friend..."
I find it to be funny how relic guitars are ok, but if somebody keys you sports car you want to kill them. Guitars can be played heavily without them getting damaged. I always take my belt off, get rid of my keys, my knife etc. my guitars are all pretty much in fantastic condition. I’ve had guitars when I was younger that got knocked or buckle rash, and I didn’t notice any special mojo show us and enhance my playing or the sound of the guitars. This is just how I feel, granted I don’t like new jeans, but they don’t have to have holes in the knees and just what are people doing on their knees that much anyhow, I don’t think there’s that much praying going on ! So yeah I’m opinionated but I think that guitars can be cared for and not get damaged. Sure there are occasions when stuff happens and that’s fine, but just deal with it.
That, my friend, is not worthy of being called a scratch!
My guitar repairman used this stuff and got the rest of it out, all except for a slight distortion that you can only see when the light hits it just right. You can't feel the scratch any longer when you rub your finger across that part the body. See below...
Yup, very nice. Now you have to wait for an actual first ding through the clear coat.
Give it to the lead guitarist in my former band - he thinks Pete Townsend had the best stage presence of any guitarist ever - and his BRAND NEW American Jaguar looks like it's been drug behind a Harley in the biker-bar parking lot.