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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Stag, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Stag

    Stag Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    43
    13
    Mar 2, 2017
    Canada
    IMG_0456.JPG Hello all,

    I'm heartbroken. I just put this ding on the front of my American Deluxe. I know, I know...it was bound to happen, they're meant to be played, people pay for reliced guitars, etc. But I was just wondering if there's anything I can do to get the ding out. I appreciate your help.
     
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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    1st ones always the worst.....it will have company soon.
    sorry i dont know how to make dings like that go away.
    i only know how to add more.
     

  3. Tafmutt

    Tafmutt Strat-Talker

    408
    Apr 20, 2009
    Washington State
    Do a YouTube search. For me YT is the fountain of all wisdom (almost). I'm betting there's someone who's posted a fix. Best of luck!
     

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  5. Omni-stratz

    Omni-stratz Strat-Talker

    176
    Jan 17, 2016
    Wiltshire UK
    I feel your pain, but sadly I think it would cause more pain with trying to fix it. Scour you tube by all means but don't attempt any possible fix for 6 months. By then you just might get used to living with it.
     
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  6. fenderkev

    fenderkev Most Honored Senior Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Back In Blighty
    Yes I agree, after a week or two you'll forget it's there. The first ding is always the worst, but if you actually play your Strat and don't leave it in it's case all the time, then dings are inevitable unfortunately.
     
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  7. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France

  8. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    You can try a CA drop fill, which would fill it in. The dent in the wood will still be there and would be seen under a bright light inspection.

    There is a way to steam the dent out, expanding the wood fibers, but the poly would have to be broken to let the steam into the wood. That might work, but you'd likely do more damage trying to fix it, then you'd still have the finish to fix.

    On the other hand, it's in a not very conspicuous spot on the forearm but so when you're playing it people might not notice it.
     

  9. Kosh

    Kosh Strat-Talker

    251
    Jan 11, 2016
    Wisconsin
    Now you can consider it unique among others of it's kind. I got one on the back of my FSR'S neck, it used to bother me now I don't notice it anymore. You'll get used to it.
     

  10. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Strat-O-Master

    750
    Feb 26, 2014
    LAS VEGAS , NV
    If your audience notices it, your playing is not entertaining them enough!:eek:;)
    Just My $.02,
    Gene
     
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  11. Donald77

    Donald77 Senior Stratmaster

    It's not a ding, it's a battle scar and chicks dig it ;)
     

  12. alderre

    alderre Strat-Talker

    335
    May 1, 2014
    New Braunfels
    In My opinion,

    No, you wont ever forget it's there
    Yes, it will feel less painful in 2 days
    No, do not fix it.

    I try to use dings as reminders that I need to get better at playing.
     

  13. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

    Don’t be heartbroken. I have marks on the finish of my beloved #1 tele and have no clue how they got there. Annoyed me, but no more. And if you try to repair it, you’re bound to make worse damage.
    Besides, I’ve seen worse dings than that. Really, no big deal.
     
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  14. TexasPete

    TexasPete Strat-Talker

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    117
    Feb 18, 2017
    Dawsonville, GA
    That gitfiddle's got character now!
     
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  15. corywrx

    corywrx Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    89
    Mar 8, 2017
    Texas
    Hah I just did that to mine yesterday! I was sad for about 10 mins, then I realized that now I don't have to care when I ding it next time (and I know there'll be a next time) :).
     

  16. skypeace

    skypeace Sky Pilot Strat-Talk Supporter

    365
    Mar 10, 2017
    Connecticut
    You can try using a clothes heating iron with some paper or a light cloth between it and the body and heat the spot up. Sometimes if the ding is not too deep the wood and finish will rise.
     

  17. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Ryan-Ola Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    35
    551
    Aug 14, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    This is like helicopter parenting but with guitars.

    But seriously, we all have different priorities and levels of annoyance when it comes to the condition of our lovely instruments. I know if I tried to fix a ding like that I'd probably end up causing more damage. I mean, I'd get the ding out because I'm stubborn like that, but I'd probably put about 12 more dings in it in the process.

    For example, if I tried this I'd probably get the ding out, but I'd also end up burning down my apartment building in the process. Oops.
     
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  18. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    It doesn't look like you messed up the finish too badly. You'll be ok in a few days. How long have you had it ?
     
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  19. skypeace

    skypeace Sky Pilot Strat-Talk Supporter

    365
    Mar 10, 2017
    Connecticut
    It was a quick fix when I worked as a Union commercial finish carpenter that we would do on fine commercial furniture and cabinets. Really not that hard and on the small size dings it usually works every time.
     
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  20. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va

    I did this to my Strat just a couple months after I bought it new. An used pedal got knocked off of an amp and there ya go. But it did bug me for awhile. That was back in 2000 though. The pain has passed
     

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  21. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    usa
    Wet cloth and an iron will raise the wood.
    Just be careful with the iron, little at a time.