NGD PTSD!!

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by DaveInSoCal, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. I owe me

    I owe me New Member

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    As mentioned,,usually a damp cloth over the ding and a clothes iron will get rid of the ding.
    Usually that doesnt always work when there is a finish on the guitar. The moisture needs to swell up the wood fibers. Between grain filler, poly, paint and clear...it may not work
     
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  2. TC Marin

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    Everytime I buy a car, I let my wife drive it on the first day, that way we get the first scratch over with and I don't stress about it. The newest guitar I own is 2001- everyone had a mark somewhere but I would never buy a new guitar. They either depreciate really quickly or never gain value.
     
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    You mean like this?! Black SG's rule!
     
  4. Mick

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    Sorry to hear that, the first ding or dent is heartbreaking on a new guitar! I can get over a small ding or dent, but a big ugly dent, not so easy when its so visible and the rest of the guitar is pristine. How big and bad is this dent? Any photo?
    It is a black guitar, which is probably one of the easiest colours to touch up dents, if it was a cherry red or some other see through finish it wouldn't be so easy. If you bring it to a good luthier or someone who specialises in refinishing guitars, they should be able to fill in the dent and refinish the small area to look like it never happened.
     
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  5. Zagan

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    Don't sweat it too much, it's the first battle scar. Now it's truly broken in. Still sounds and plays well and that's really all that matters.
     
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    People pay a lot of extra money to have strangers do that to their brand new guitars. I don't see what the problem is.
    This is Ser Gregor, a 16 year old. One of my two best feeling, playing, and staying-in-tune guitars.
    EDIT: Also, you just learned the value of straplocks. Get some Schallers or something.
     

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  7. GrumpyOldDBA

    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Can you blame it on wife somehow implicate her?

    Then keep it and get another one also from how bad she feels?
     
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  8. 76Standard

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    Battle scars. If you are really a player then wear them with pride!! The guitar will start looking better as you collect more dings and chips, as they reflect your journey with it.
     
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  9. jtees4

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    Sorry to hear it, a hurt SG hurts my heart :confused: BUT it has happened to all of us, in fact I have done that exact same things many times, luckily most times it did not cause damage. Play the hell out of it, and then get a new SG at some point, put strap locks on it and keep it in the case. Or just buy cheap used guitars, which is what I generally do....I mean, I still don't like to ding them, but it does hurt a bit less. Good luck.
     
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  10. S.Ustain

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    I don't know how "giant" the ding may be, but it's not hard to fill and finish a dent in a black guitar, particularly if it's new. It's easy to make a mess if you don't know what you're doing, but if this were mine, I'd simply fix it. There's no need to live with a blemish you don't like. I don't recommend "playing the crap" out of anything -- that's not a good musical relationship to have with a guitar. And finally, the SG strap button is one of very few that really is an accident looking to happen. Strap locks are generally unnecessary and a few (like Schaller) are so heavy and edgy as to pose their own ding damage threat if you are constantly using them. I leave my staps on, so the black rubber grommet works perfectly (and is easy to take off) and is vastly preferable to ugly added hardware that also shifts the strap a bit away from the guitar. Sorry about the hack. If you hate it, get it fixed. Don't let it put you off or spoil your fun.
     
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  11. Shockya

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    Here 's what you do. Go out by some 120 grit sandpaper and take the entire finish of that mthrfckr all the way down to where the dent is no longer there. Then hit it with some 240 grit then some 320 then wet sand 400 grit up to 600 grit until it's smoother than a baby's ass. Go buy some food coloring in a variety of colors or straight black (rit dye works real well also) apply you favorite color liberally, then wipe it off. Let it sit overnight and re -apply next day if desired. Finish with a clear coat of your choice and some 1000 + grit. Now it never happened and you got a one of a kind SG that 's a labor of love.
     
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  12. Dickey001

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    People pay good money to get their guitars "reliced" You got your for free! And...never EVER use Straploks...they SUCK & the larger screw will eventually wallow out the soft wood threads on a Gibson & you'll be at Home Depot shopping for wood glue & dowels. Use Fender rubber washers.
    BTW...REAL men don't use the word "lovely".
     
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  13. Brooklyn Zeke

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    I bought my '68 SG Standard in '69 when I was 17. I'm now 67. Over 50 years, it has a precious collection of scratches, dents, and dings, and a large belt buckle rash on the backside. It fell over sideways several years ago which dislodged the neck at the point where it's tenoned into the body. Sent it to Gibson Restoration in Nashville which did a neck reset. I asked them, "while you have it there, I'm interested in having it refinished. What would that add to the bill (which ultimately was $800)?" They replied that that would be something that should NEVER be done to a vintage instrument. To refinish it would be to reduce its value. Today, major guitar makers charge a premium for custom shop jobs which hideously "age" a brand new guitar to look like it's been handled carelessly for 400 years.
    Feel better, now?
     
  14. Brooklyn Zeke

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    The guitar comes with screwed-in strap buttons. Installing strap lock strap buttons with their slightly larger screws will not magically compromise the wood and cause a wallowing out (whatever that is, but I get the gist) of the screw holes, eventually leading to a fall disaster. When donning the guitar to play it, just don't let it drop down onto your shoulder, and the screws won't experience any stress causing them to enlarge the holes they occupy. BTW, I'm a real man, and I use the word "lovely", whenever appropriate. It's a freakin' word. Don't buy into that macho ****. You need prove nuthin' to nobody.
     
  15. Jack Hammer

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    If the dent is really a heartbreaker, it may be a candidate for a drop fill. Superglue works well on nitro. An experienced luthier can do this easily. I've done this several times on guitars that have passed through my hands. I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself without experience at it. Won't hurt to take it somewhere for an opinion/estimate. Good luck!
     
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    Now play the hell out of it and don't do it again.
     
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    Any other shibboleths in your peculiar argot?
    Have a lovely day!:cool:
     
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  18. SuperNoob

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    You can get it fixed. You might be shocked what real luthiers can do. Shop it around. Ask to see their work. Also, try to contact Phillip McKnight (Know your gear). A gear based youtube channel. He's very accessible and answers lots of questions. He'd know what your options are and what to pay. In the meantime, just put a sticker on it and play the sht out of it. Good luck!
     
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    There's an emergency straplock on every loaf of bread, that little plastic thing with the hole and hooks that keeps bread bags tight.
     
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    Surely the hardware store has screws to fit both the Schaller button and the Gibson screw holes.
     

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