#1
Hi

I have discovered a couple of dents in my fender stratocaster and i was wondering if anyone knew a way to get rid of them?
Last edited by mufc_danny at Feb 3, 2008,
#2
Don't, it'll cost a lot in either time or money. Keep them, shows you actually play.

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#5
It would include sanding/refinishing. If you want an in-depth description you'd be best going to the Gear Building & Customising thread, but I agree that you should just leave them there
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#6
Quote by mufc_danny
I hate having dents. Id rather it was in mint condition


i was like that when my strat was fairly new, now i sort of admire the dings and scratches.
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I hate having dents. Id rather it was in mint condition


I got my Highway 1 in a trade, and it was used.

My wife grew up around music, and her cousin was a touring pro guitarist his entire adult life.

When I found out the finish on the Highway 1 was less than perfect (I used to polish my MIM Strat every time I put it away), she asked me "Are you gonna play it or look at it?"

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#10
dents build character
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#11
yeh. you have all been saying that. But that dosent help me fix it.
Id rather the guitar looked good!
#12
Just take it to a GC or something. they will help you fix it, probably, but it will be rather expensive. It's not worth it imho
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I live in the UK btw. Whats guitar centre?


It's a place where you buy and repair guitars and other musician-related stuff.
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anyone else got any ideas?


Man, if you try to repair it by yourself, you'll probably screw everything up (unless you're like a professional carpenter).

So, the best option is to take your guitar to a professional repair shop, where the technics know what they're doing (the keyword here is professional, or else you could end up with a crappy repair).
But, that's expensive. So, unless you have some extra money to spend, just leave the dents and scratches alone...
My Strat has some, and, at first, i was annoyed by them, but now i got used to them. It shows you don't have a guitar that's just sitting around!
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Last edited by Linkerman at Feb 3, 2008,
#22
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i dont think we have many professional guitar repair shops in the uk

You just haven't looked very well, I think.
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#24
Honestly, it's a hell of a lot more hassle than it's even worth...
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#25
For how much it would cost, you would be better off buying a new one if it annoys you, or buying another body off eBay and getting it resprayed to your desired colour if it is annoying you that much.
#26
Well TS, do you have a hardshell case for it? Do you have guitar polish and other stuff? If so buy them. You are going to get dents and scratches from time to time. So you can do this :
Every 2 years get sanded/refinished. And then polish the guitar yourself every 2 months.

And be careful not to bang it with other surfaces.

I have an LTD ex-50 and I don't have a single scratch or dent. All that I have is a little chip on the headstock, that came with the guitar when I bought it, and lowered the price a bit for me.
#27
just trust us, it's not worth it trying to fix the dents, either by yourself or having a pro do it.
#28
It's a little something called character.
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#29
Its not hard to do, its just time consuming. You have to strip the finish, fill the dents with wood filler, and then sand it flat Then you have to refinish it. If you MUST have it done, sand it yourself, have a luthier/repairman fill the dents and refinish it. Thats the only way you'll get it looking new.
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#32
^ i take it back, my strat fell off the stand during
band practice tonite and put a horrible dent in the
back of the neck. I am pig sick!
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#33
danny... all said and done, it will cost a lot of money to take the scratches and dents out, its a tool, use it for what it is, the first cut is the deepest as they say, but if standard guitar polish wont take it out, leave the dings as a piece of history...!

If you really want it repaired, take it to a reputable guitar store for a quote, but anticipate a high cost...
#34
Consider this: A good chunk of the Fender Custom Shop stuff (maybe even the
vast majority) is pre-chipped, dented, scratched and paint sanded. Personally,
I find this practice contemptable, but apparently there's lots of people who will
pay good money for a new, fake old, guitar. So, don't take the dent too hard.
#35
I agree. It's a stupid practice, IMO.

TS, look...it's a guitar. If you use it, stuff will happen. Getting it refinished is pointless. And probably only you will ever notice the dent. Obsessing over stuff that's pretty much inevitable is a waste of time. You'll just pay a lot of money to get it refinished and have it happen again, unless you decide you're going to put it on a stand in a glass case. A guitar is a tool by which we make music, not some sort of idol for worship or a museum piece.
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#36
Strats look sexier when they're a little roughed up anyway man. Just leave the damn thing. Everyone who has responded so far is right.
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#37
The only time any kind of dent has bothered me was when a chunk got taken out of the fretboard of my s prestige, aisde from that let the guitars fly!
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#38
the first dents always the worst... just smack it a few more times with a block of wood and you wont think about them anymore lol
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#40
There is no way to keep your guitar completely clean, the only way to do that is to never play it and keep it in its case.
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