#1
Hello all, first let me stress that i treat my guitars like the heart of my life with care and love. Unfortunately a good day turned sour when i came home from work and found my guitar had a big scratch/scuff on it courtesy of my mother entering my room without permission and scraping it against my table. So to best describe the scratch its about, 5cm by 2cm, fortunately its not a deep scuff its just scratched the surface. now i know some people might not make a big deal out of it but this is literally brand new, i've had it less than 3 weeks and the scratch is as you can imagine rather wide. So really my question is whats the best mothod of fixing this? Is it even fixable? ive never scratched any of my guitars before in all my 4 years of playing and hence never had to treat a guitar scratch.
This is a Yamaha FG750S with a hi gloss finish.
Would this 'Restore Guitar Polish' stuff work?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Waves-Restore-Guitar-Polish/dp/B000A6ASQU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1400790405&sr=8-3&keywords=planet+waves+guitar+polish

Or do i need to look up buffing tutorials?

Please find attached a picture of my pain,
Thank you kindly for any advice and suggestions.
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Last edited by Mikeyckl at May 22, 2014,
#2
I thought a pick guard was put in place to function sacrificially and be scratched up, in lieu of the guitar's finish.

No guitar I've ever owned has fared any better than that, even the ones without pick guards.

I don't know if that polish will take them out, but FWIW, they'll be right back the next time you play.

My best advice would be to replace the guard, and take up finger style guitar if it bothers you that much.
Last edited by Captaincranky at May 22, 2014,
#3
Hi captaincraig thanks for the reply, well what bothers me is that i bought this guitar for fingerstyle, i dont use a pick with it and the scratch was a complete accident. But i will consider replacing the guard if it cant be polished up.
#4
Quote by Mikeyckl
Hi captaincraig thanks for the reply, well what bothers me is that i bought this guitar for fingerstyle, i dont use a pick with it and the scratch was a complete accident. But i will consider replacing the guard if it cant be polished up.
You know, there are players that simply remove the guard for aesthetic reasons if they're going to play finger style. Many argue that the sound is better, as you don't have that nasty piece of plastic blocking up a big chunk of the soundboard.

In any case, there are also plenty of players that welcome the bumps and bruises a guitar might sustain during its lifetime, sort of like badges of honor.

From my personal standpoint, I think you're being a bit hysterical. But I do grant you we're different people, with perhaps quite different tastes and opinions.

I'll leave you with this



Bear in mind that Mr. Nelson has played this for decades, and made tens of millions of dollars with it.
Last edited by Captaincranky at May 22, 2014,
#5
I fix things like that with -

First - 1000 grit wet and dry paper used wet

Second - 2000 grit wet and dry paper used wet

Third - the polishing part of a nail buffing pad, also wet

Last - metal polish (I use Reflections, Silvo will work) or Meguiar's Swirl Remover on a rag backed by a fairly hard block - I use wine bottle corks for small jobs.

Also use fairly hard sanding blocks with the abrasive paper to avoid making hills and valleys.
Last edited by Tony Done at May 23, 2014,
#6
that scuff should be able to be taken care of with some tooth paiste and a wash cloth. Usually I advise that you NEVER try and fix a scratch or a scuff on a guitar because the finish has a LOT to do with the tone of the instrument and fixing a scuff will change the tone. This, however, isn't actually the finish nor is it really part of the guitar. It a plastic sticker that was put there to stop you from damaging the wood. Put a pea size dab of regular toothpaste (not the gel toothpaste) and then rub with a circular motion using a soft cloth for about an hr. The scuff will go away. If the whole pickgaurd seems cloudy after buffing melt a drop or two of candle wax on it and then buff the same way you did with the toothpaste.
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#7
Quote by CorduroyEW
that scuff should be able to be taken care of with some tooth paiste and a wash cloth. Usually I advise that you NEVER try and fix a scratch or a scuff on a guitar because the finish has a LOT to do with the tone of the instrument and fixing a scuff will change the tone. This, however, isn't actually the finish nor is it really part of the guitar. It a plastic sticker that was put there to stop you from damaging the wood. Put a pea size dab of regular toothpaste (not the gel toothpaste) and then rub with a circular motion using a soft cloth for about an hr. The scuff will go away. If the whole pickgaurd seems cloudy after buffing melt a drop or two of candle wax on it and then buff the same way you did with the toothpaste.


I'd heard about the toothpaste method before, so I did a quick test on an old black guitar body on which I had roughed up the lacquer finish with a fine-grit orbital sander. Toothpaste seemed about as fast as Silvo, Meguiar's Swirl Remover and white buffing compound, but much slower than Liquid Reflection, a polish I get from a specialist trade supplier. One advantage of toothpaste is that it can be cleaned off with a damp cloth, no oily or insoluble residue. I don't know which would give the highest gloss, I didn't take it that far.