New Les Paul- Crack around Nut/binding

winter270

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Looking for others thoughts on this crack. Just ordered a new Gibson 2022 from GC and love the guitar. However, I just noticed this crack that goes over the binding and nut?

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mudface

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You think this is a crack?... not a clear coat scratch?... it has a look of some kind of structural failure?... is the earths polarity gonna flip?....

This could be serious

But it’s not
 

CB91710

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Ya, the nut isn't going to crack, and anything stressing the binding will cause a separation at the edge where it meets the wood.
That just a surface scratch, or *possibly* the lacquer checking.

Someone who knows what they're doing can use a little lacquer thinner and reflow that, but it's not a DIY job.
 

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Just a finish check in the clear coat with a little dirt rubbed into it. Don’t sweat it. You see how the crack ends exactly where the clear coat ends on the nut side. That how you know its just a natural lacquer check
 

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If you like the way this plays,but you send it back, you may not like how the replacement plays.
 

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Definitely just a finish crack... that said, the finish could continue to crack over time and get longer/worse. One option to help mitigate that potentiality would be to take some clear nail polish and very lightly and carefully brush over it to help seal the crack in place and prevent further cracking... maybe. ;)
 

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What model of guitar and color is that? Be warned ... we will likely need pictures.
:D
 

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If nail polish contains acetone, acetone will f#ck up a lacquer finish. Just leave it alone or take it to someone who specializes in finish work.

Remember that Cat In The Hat story about the pink spot? (The Cat In The Hat Comes Back)
 

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What a great color. Please show us the whole guitar. Thanks!
 

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Like others said it's a finish crack. If you like the sound, feel, and looks, I would keep the guitar. I would also contact GC and ask for a discount. Beautiful guitar.
 

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If nail polish contains acetone, acetone will f#ck up a lacquer finish. Just leave it alone or take it to someone who specializes in finish work.

Remember that Cat In The Hat story about the pink spot? (The Cat In The Hat Comes Back)
Acetone is what’s typically used in nail polish remover. As such, it’s not an ingredient of conventional nail polish itself (would be self destructive). Conventional nail polish consists of a polymer, most commonly nitrocellulose, dissolved in a solvent, usually ethyl acetate or butyl acetate. Acetate is different than acetone.

I’ve used the nail polish trick successfully myself with no problems.
 

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Nice guitar! If you're that worried about it take it to a luthier to see.
 

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