Tiny "scratch"? on the fretboard binding of my Les Paul

Daydreamz

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So after i played today i took a look at my guitar and i noticed that the fretboard has some new "crack" on it, it's not really noticeable but once you see it it kinda sucks, Should i worry about it? or is it just a "cosmetical" mark? The guitar always sits on the stand in my room and i'm trying to be really careful and i dont know where this crap came from...

Also whats the best way to clean the rust/dust that collects on the guitar bridge/saddle and body parts through time?

 

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There is a layer of nitro finish on the side of the binding. Looks like some of it is chipping off.
 

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So what can i do about it? damn... its a 2018 model les paul
 

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Really?

If you want it to stay absolutely perfect, spend some money and have that little tiny speck of flaked off nitro clear coat fixed, and then put it away in the case and never touch it again!

JK, but honestly, guitars are for playing and they get worn and show signs of being played. that'll smooth out as you play it more.

And the dust/rust on the bridge is just patina. It's gonna happen to some folks more than others depending on how they sweat. You can clean it when you change strings, but not a lot to do for the rusty bits really but replace. But why?

Got a little missing on mine too, but it doesn't bother me.


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Dings, dents,chips and scratches happen. Try not to worry about them. They are an indication that you use your guitar.

Exactly. If I'm buying a used or vintage guitar, and it doesn't look like it's been played much, It's either a dog, or something else going on.

Used = Good. Abused = Not good.
 

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This is my 1978 LP Custom..... in 1982 ( my second year of owning this guitar ).... during a summer gig the band I was in were playing our version of LZs “Rock and Roll”..... the ending drum fill was exciting moment for our drummer.

I was playing my “Leo” reissue Standard and my Custom was waiting on its stand for its moment...... during that heated drum fill a crash cymbal launched off its stand and did this.
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Over the years it has worn down to this.

Did I freak?.... no not really..... I played it without any concern (and still do)... I don’t feel that chips or dents have any threat to my instruments.... my guitars... my opinion.... so your circumstance is something only you can answer.;)
 

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This is my 1978 LP Custom..... in 1982 ( my second year of owning this guitar ).... during a summer gig the band I was in were playing our version of LZs “Rock and Roll”..... the ending drum fill was exciting moment for our drummer.

I was playing my “Leo” reissue Standard and my Custom was waiting on its stand for its moment...... during that heated drum fill a crash cymbal launched off its stand and did this.
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Over the years it has worn down to this.

Did I freak?.... no not really..... I played it without any concern (and still do)... I don’t feel that chips or dents have any threat to my instruments.... my guitars... my opinion.... so your circumstance is something only you can answer.;)
Man,
I miss the days of playing "Rock and Roll" with my band in 80 & 81. Memories that I still have and quite a few battle scars on my SG from those days, I remember when the mike stand fell over and it left an imprint of the mike windscreen on the front of my guitar. The scars never bothered me either it was all about the good tunes and times!
 

endial

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This is my 1978 LP Custom..... in 1982 ( my second year of owning this guitar ).... during a summer gig the band I was in were playing our version of LZs “Rock and Roll”..... the ending drum fill was exciting moment for our drummer.

I was playing my “Leo” reissue Standard and my Custom was waiting on its stand for its moment...... during that heated drum fill a crash cymbal launched off its stand and did this.
View attachment 456915

Over the years it has worn down to this.

Did I freak?.... no not really..... I played it without any concern (and still do)... I don’t feel that chips or dents have any threat to my instruments.... my guitars... my opinion.... so your circumstance is something only you can answer.;)
I do believe that that is exactly what binding is for! That's one dandy battle scar. Stand proud, man.
 

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Ok i got the point, But dings like this usually happens in new les paul guitars because of the nitro finish? also when i picked it from the store it had zero rust/dust on it but after a month of playing it the fretboard started collecting dust and the bridge too... i play everyday for about an hour or too usually...
 
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Ok i got the point, But dings like this usually happens in new les paul guitars because of the nitro finish? also when i picked it from the store it had zero rust/dust on it but after a month of playing it the fretboard started collecting dust and the bridge too... i play everyday for about an hour or too usually...
There is something about electronics and magnetic fields that love dust and dirt....... static charge from the instrument rubbing against your clothing and your hand rubbing and resting on the bridge.... it's all normal.

You can try cleaning your room.:rofl:
 

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Ok i got the point, But dings like this usually happens in new les paul guitars because of the nitro finish? also when i picked it from the store it had zero rust/dust on it but after a month of playing it the fretboard started collecting dust and the bridge too... i play everyday for about an hour or too usually...
That looks more like wear than a ding. You also need to know that some stands are not safe for nitro finishes. The rubber can interact and melt the nitro. Does the damage you see line up with where the guitar rests on the stand?
 

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That looks more like wear than a ding. You also need to know that some stands are not safe for nitro finishes. The rubber can interact and melt the nitro. Does the damage you see line up with where the guitar rests on the stand?
Absolutely no, the guitar stand only touches the lower fretboard part and the guitar body so im not sure where it could come from.. maybe while my wife cleaned the room she wasn't so careful and made this little ding but i asked her about it and she said no way... i guess i can live with it i just hope that this nitro ding mark wont get any bigger ...
 

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jeezuz. perspective.

evertime you touch the strings you corrode them.
every time a string touches a fret it wears it down.

it's a tool with moving parts. it's going to get dinged up.
 

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Let it go man, don't worry about it. If you are going to worry about every ding and dust speck then pretty soon you won't be thinking about the most important part - playing the guitar.
 

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Let it go man, don't worry about it. If you are going to worry about every ding and dust speck then pretty soon you won't be thinking about the most important part - playing the guitar.
:dude: Yeah i aint really worried about it anymore
 


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