How difficult would it be to repair this?

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  1. rmackowsky

    rmackowsky Strat-Talker

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    8227B2F3-6083-4947-A133-F4CB977E40E8.jpeg 73104165-C098-4CC8-8630-BF0AE67F1469.jpeg Without going into detail yet, how difficult would this be to repair to make it look halfway decent? What steps what I need to take? Is it worth buying this if I can get a significant discount and try to fix it myself?
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    Buy it at a discount. Fill the ding with a wood filler and paint it the same color since no figured wood is seen in that area.
     
  3. rmackowsky

    rmackowsky Strat-Talker

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    That's what I was thinking - just wondering how hard it will be ti make it look halfway decent.
     
  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster

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    If you want it to look like it never happened, you'll have to at least refinish the entire front face of the guitar, if not a total refinish. If you try to fill and paint just the area in question, it will alway be visible. It depends on how picky you are.
     
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    As Slacker mentions it’s outside the figured maple so you could route it out and inlay a piece of hard maple (Dried and stabilized) sand it to match the surface then spray the edge with colortone. Then a clear gloss followed by a polish to blend the clear to the rest of the top.
    All the above only if you get it for a steal. Good luck!
     
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    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Since you said "half way decent", I'm gonna say that if you are fairly handy, and can get a nice discount, and you really like the axe, it looks very doable to me.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    If you want to make it so it's not an eyesore to you, you should be good with basic skills and without having to spend a lot of money to get decent results.

    If you want to be able to resell it one day and have that spot not be noticeable, then that's also doable but will take significantly more skills (or money) & time.

    So what kind/brand of guitar is that?
     
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    it's totally doable if you got the skillz.

    after the repair you re-spray the burst to cover the repair. i'd stop there if i was playing it but you can also clear coat the whole guitar after and polish like normal.
     
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    It’s a Cort G290FAT. I’m not concerned about reselling it. Just want it to look passable. I paid $520 for it. It can be exchanged, but I thought if I could convince them to let me keep it for $150 might be worth it.
     
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    What about the binding? It’s chunked up a bit as well.
     
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    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    If you're asking this question you probably don't have the skills to make this buy worth it....
     
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    Thanks for the presumptuous reply - I'll be adding you to the ignore list.
     
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    A presumption based on a cautious inference...
     
  14. slowesthand

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    If you can exchange it do it.
    You may not be concerned about resale now but in the future you may be.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    Just make up a story of how your guitar roadie tripped over a mic cable bringing you the guitar on stage and fell into drum kit.
     
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    Since the damage is cosmetic, and the guitar is still playable, they are only going to offer you $50 off.

    Return it.

    (yes, you could dissolve some binding dust and fix the chunk missing from the wood - but it would be a nightmare repair for a beginner - especially matching the poly gloss transition . )
     
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    Decided to return and exchange, mostly because I've been spending so much time on fixing/building/etc that I'm not actually playing.
     
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    Sparque Seriously-Stratified Silver Member

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    I have a Cort G series that I picked up used recently from a pawn shop, for $140.
    A G255.

    Very interesting and good-sounding guitar!!

    (And thankfully no dings or chips.)

    Some previous owner pulled the EMG pickups out of it, and installed some conventional passive ones.
    Works for me.
    Well, except for the bright white pickup covers he had on the single coils, and the stark white appearance of the bridge pickup.

    I took the SS covers off, and then distressed and then added a cover over the bridge pickup.

    In the end, a good investment.
    I especially like the Wilkinson bridge and the roller nut.

    ;)


    cort with rucie guitar.jpg
     
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    A well matched patch of flame maple could be blended in to look right at home.
    The sunburst is an advantage as the finish could be manipulated to hide the repair quite effectively.
    Easy? No. Doable? Yes.
     
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  20. Jmart1212

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    Id say return it, because the refinish is harder than you think.
     
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