1998 Epi Les Paul peghead tuner hole gouge

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So I have this Epi LP Standard that someone enlarged the original tuner holes to put Gotoh tuners in. When they drilled out the holes (instead of reaming like they should've) they gouged a chunk of the veneer out. Then they tried to reglue the chip poorly. Any advise on a repair for this without a veneer replacement? If repair isn't possible, anyone know where to get a replacement veneer? Can't seem to find a source for Epi overlays anywhere. Thanks!
 

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Most likely the finish is polyester. That severely limits options for an invisible repair.

My suggestion is live with it. Because to fix that is going to cost about as much as a new guitar of the same type.

Otherwise, a full strip-down of the headstock finish followed by a custom overlay and custom logo is probably going to be the easiest way to get it done. Which won't be cheap.
 

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Yes, this is the sort of guitar you manage to buy super cheap due to the incompetent installation job, and enjoy knowing a more minor aesthetic issue has enabled you to get a good instrument cheap.
 

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Yea I could just play it as is but would like to fix the damage. Not a stranger to repair work just seeing if anyone had some insight. Would like to find a precut overlay If I can. Easier than cutting it down myself. Guess if I was going to redo it myself I’d probably use a holly veneer or such vs a poly one. Probably look better as well
 

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The "veneer" is a plastic piece that is glued to the headstock. I had one from a mod I did for a client, but couldn't find it when I looked. If you could find any Epi LP with that same headstock cheap, you could transplant it and shoot some urethane with an airbrush to touch it up.
 

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The "veneer" is a plastic piece that is glued to the headstock. I had one from a mod I did for a client, but couldn't find it when I looked. If you could find any Epi LP with that same headstock cheap, you could transplant it and shoot some urethane with an airbrush to touch it up.
That's not a horrible idea.
Stratosphere from time to time has Epiphone husks with broken headstocks, and I've seen them on Ebay as well.
 

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So can’t seem to find any precut epi overlays but can get Gibson precuts w/o the inlay. Am I correct in that the main difference between the two is the extra ears at the top? Are the dimensions basically the same so I would just have to deal with the ears vs having to trim out the entire overlay? Would definitely save time
 

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So can’t seem to find any precut epi overlays but can get Gibson precuts w/o the inlay. Am I correct in that the main difference between the two is the extra ears at the top? Are the dimensions basically the same so I would just have to deal with the ears vs having to trim out the entire overlay? Would definitely save time
It's just a slab of Holly veneer.
You don't need to buy a "Gibson" or "Epiphone" veneer. If you're going to go through the work of repairing that one, just buying the veneer is easier and cheaper than sourcing an original or removing it from a finished headstock.
 

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So can’t seem to find any precut epi overlays but can get Gibson precuts w/o the inlay. Am I correct in that the main difference between the two is the extra ears at the top? Are the dimensions basically the same so I would just have to deal with the ears vs having to trim out the entire overlay? Would definitely save time
Nope, Epiphone headstocks are much longer than Gibson headstocks.
 

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Yeah, I would just remove that overlay, use a gibson overlay and reshape the headstock. win-win
 

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So opted to go the replace route. ABS overlay was fun to remove, had to be real careful to get a starting point without dinging up the side of the headstock. But a damp cloth and hot iron fixed it right up. Little sanding and prep and on goes the new ebony overlay. Think it will look a lot better than the ABS one. New gold foil decals coming, then a shot of sealer and clear it and she will look like new! Previous owner had changed the vintage style tuners out to Gotoh’s but didn’t align the pegs very well so I’m trying to decide if I’ll go back to the vintage style or thought about using the Hipshot tuners with their UMP plate so don’t have to worry about any holes and will cover the others. But here’s the progress so far. Still need to soften the edges a bit so the clear will roll over nicely but I think it’s looking great so far!
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