Headstock damage.

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  1. Jackangus

    Jackangus Senior Member

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    guitar.jpg Hi guys,
    My new Guild guitar fell out of the strap today and has damaged the corner of the headstock.
    I can only see the damage from the side and back. Luckily I can't see it from the front.
    It looks like it is only the finish it has cracked off, I can see the wood underneath.
    It does not look too flash and it sucks that it is such a new guitar.
    Is this worth getting a Luthier to fix? Can it ever look perfect again?
     
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  2. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Depends entirely on the luthier's skill.
     
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  3. vetteman

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    I think I would either get that repaired, or if you decide to just live with it, drop fill with some thin super glue to stabilize the remaining edges.
     
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  4. Jackangus

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    Would you class the damage bad or just a bit of cosmetic damage?
    I have always been lucky and never damaged my guitars before, apart from the odd little dent or scratch. nothing like this.
    Might need to get some strap locks.
     
  5. jkes01

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    Just cosmetic if that is the only damage it sustained.
     
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  6. Jackangus

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    Yes, that is it.
    Sucks balls though, the guitar has such a nice finish. I will have to get someone to look at it.
    A little worried what they will charge though.
     
  7. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    That sort of repair is always costly despite the small size. Its the sort of repair that will be hard/impossible to get looking new again - especially as you will know where to look.
    I think you should get a quote/estimation on costs.....just so you know what it would have cost if you decide to live with the damage.

    On the other side....you have started the long journey of owning your guitar - with the first of many little dings.
     
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  8. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Time to grab a 4-pack of Grolsch and get some beer washers over the strap pegs.

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    Better get a 12 pack. These things are easy to lose! ;-)
     
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    I would repair that. Looks like lacquer, not poly. So no I would not use superglue drop fill. The devil is in the colour match.
     
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    Strap locks are essential! What ever way you want to go. I dropped a brand new Strat on concrete and took a large chunk of finish off the lower edge. Every guitar got Strap locks after that!
     
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    I have some decent fret buzz after the headstock taking a hit.
    Could that fall moved the truss rod or something like that?
     
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    Definately possible. Look at the area on the back of the neck, just opposite of the nut and check for and stress cracks. Make sure there is no other damage. Could be a simple as a popped up fret or just a little more relief needed on the truss rod.
     
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    +1 on NO superglue. Jeeze. I'm rather fond of the Mohawk liquid toners, and they mix well with lacquer. This will need a little artistry, for the color mixing.

    As for lacquer finish... that picture shows a Korean made Guild, if my eyes are catching the lettering right. that would be a poly finish, but.... its still repairable with lacquer for a fill/color and perhaps a bit of blending with clear final coats. It might be a good idea to use some clear shellac as a first coat, just for sticktion of nitro to the poly.
     
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    Going to buy some of these and try them out.
    Nice cheap locks.
    Thanks.
     
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    Just spoke to a Luthier and he suggests there is nothing he can do and just to leave it as is.
    Does this sound right to you guys? or should I get a second opinion?
    He stated that because it is poly, it would look worse or be a crazy price to fix.
     
  17. jkes01

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    2nd opinion.
     
  18. cmjohnson

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    That's a very thick finish. Probably polyester. Not what you would call "easy" to touch up.

    Yeah, the label on the back says made in Korea. So it's not really a finish, it's more like a layer of hard plastic.
     
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    I'm a little worried that if I do nothing it will possibly get worse over time. Maybe flake and crack.
     
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    Probably not. There's not likely to be any stress in the area between the wood and the finish that might make it crack off.
     

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