Tiny blemish driving me nuts!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Johnny781, Jul 1, 2021.

  1. SatinNeck81

    SatinNeck81 Strat-Talker

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    Maple is not perfect, some grain is lighter, it has knots. There is a pattern you can see almost all the way down the neck of my strat, its the wood. If its an old cigarette burn or something from the previous owner, its a part of the story of the instrument. Not gonna get a lot of helpful info on miniscule blemishes on this forum.
     
  2. stylemessiah

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    Ladies and Gents, welcome to what could possibly be the ultimate episode of First World Guitar Problems
     
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    That AND the slightly off-perpendicular string tree!
     
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    I'd put a Spongebob band aid over that if I was you!
     
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  5. EYESOPEN

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    We all have our quirks, that's for sure. This is another reason why one should put their hands on and play any guitar before plunking down the cash to buy it.

    If it is truly bothering you, put it up for sale on Reverb and get a different one.
     
  6. silhouette

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    Wow! I am glad that I am not a perfectionist, as I would now require a straightjacket because of the state of my guitars. I can't say that I am sympathetic as I think that you have to be realistic about your instruments. I kind of like the flaws and imperfections as well as the wear and tear.
     
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    Nah, there was a MUCH worse (in my opinion) episode a couple of months ago!!! At least you can see this very mild 'blemish' – that one from a couple months ago was criminal! An invisible, nanometre-sized 'imperfection' in a metallic finish – an imperfection so small that the world's smallest fly himself, would struggle to see it – under even the most powerful of powerful microscopes!!
     
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    Ooh, how I'm glad not having your problem, my life would become totally senseless. Some people commit suicide for fewer than that. :(
     
  9. tanta07

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    Just bang the headstock a few times into mic stands, cymbals, ceiling fans, lead singers, whatever, until that part is chipped off.
     
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    Holy cow...and I thought I was bad.
     
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    And I thought I was anal...
     
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    It isn't a blemish, it is the natural beauty of the wood.
     
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    This is a wind-up, right? You're not serious, are you?
     
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    I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

    Are you listening?

    Stickers
     
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    Looks like a booger. Wash hands before handling .
     
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    I thought it looked like a tiny twig of a knot in the wood myself. Leave it alone, any attempt to improve it only will make it worse. Only until it starts to really become an issue is when anything should even be remotely entertained about doing anything about it. Some knots are big enough that they come loose & fall out, like what you see in builder's grade 2x4's & studs of pine wood. With that, I don't see that much of a knot there. So would it be a matter of mixing epoxy resin that is more like hard, dried out sap to fill a pimple sized pinhole like that ?
     
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    Get a saw and cut off the part of the headstock right along the grain line above the blemish then use clear nail polish to coat the wood exposed by the cut. Yikes. It's nature. Ignore it.
     
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    Yikes, i’ve been robbed!!!!!

    Reading this thread encouraged me to check out my 1963 Hofner V3, the one in my avatar photo...................and it’s quite clear, almost, that not only are there nearly traces of fly footprints on the back of the neck.........but they have been varnished over so can’t be removed would you believe.

    Why have I kept this trashy guitar for all these years? It should have been cremated years ago. If only I could take it back to the shop - long gone - where I bought it, to seek a refund.

    This has really not made my day!!
     
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    Why, that hole is barely noticeable...
     
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    Wood is not perfect -- each piece is unique. There is no other Stratocaster headstock on the planet that looks like that. It's beautiful.