Hey there. This is my first post to the forum, sorry about the abruptness and lack of introduction. I picked up a black 1980 Les Paul Custom that has been abused and I'm not sure what I want to do with it. It would be a decent guina-pig for cap, pot, and pickup mods. But I also look at it and think, ahhh, maybe just keep it original. What would you do in my situation? I didn't pay a ton, but enough that it's not throw away money. The thing smells like it was assembled at the Marlboro plant. All the hardware that was on it is original (very warn gold) and the pickups are missing the covers. The neck is straight, the jumbo frets are in need of some dressing (not overly horrible) but not a lot of meat on the frets, they are low. Buuuut... The thing sure has character from the abuse. A lot of edge chips scratches and dents which I can get around. But there is one dent/gouge that's really huge and does bother me a little. My question is, should I have someone attempt to repair or fill it? I wont waste time with photos of the whole guitar, I stripped it to give it a good rub down and clean the parts and attempting to give it a detox. So here are some shots of the gouge.