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    Please tell me this is fixable

    I made a boneheaded mistake by assembling some shelves in my studio today and sure enough I knocked a piece of lumber right into my favorite guitar, my 2008 Custom 24. Huge chip in the finish right on the front.




    Somebody please, please, please tell me this is fixable without a complete refinish. She's my most precious girl, I know I should've put her in her case but I left her on a stand right next to where I was working, I don't know what I was thinking...

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    S#!t happens.

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    PTC, baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    PTC, baby!
    Of course -- I wouldn't trust her with anyone else. But is it even repairable? I want to avoid a total refinish.

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    Most likely fixable...
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    I've seen PTC rebuild guitars from a pile of sawdust and some screws - if anyone can do it, and well, it's them!
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    It's fixable. If you don't want a total refin then we have to do a spot repair. Since the wood has been crushed-in, the repair may not be 100% unnoticeable. It will look good and it will be flat, but if you really give the guitar a good evaluation, you will be able to find the repair. The good news is that your eye won't be drawn to it immediately like it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    I've seen PTC rebuild guitars from a pile of sawdust and some screws!

    sigworthy quote!
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    I wouldn't be afraid of a PTC refinish.
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    It's fixable. If you don't want a total refin then we have to do a spot repair. Since the wood has been crushed-in, the repair may not be 100% unnoticeable. It will look good and it will be flat, but if you really give the guitar a good evaluation, you will be able to find the repair. The good news is that your eye won't be drawn to it immediately like it is now.
    Thank goodness! You have no idea how relieved I am to hear that. I was so upset last night because this really is my favorite guitar, the best guitar I've ever owned. A repair that is noticeable upon examination, but doesn't draw the eye, is way better than what's there now. Thank you so much for the response, Shawn.

    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I wouldn't be afraid of a PTC refinish.
    Good point. Still, I love the way the guitar feels and plays and sounds right now, so much that I really don't want to mess with it too much. I guess I could look into a refinish but it seems like overkill here. What do you guys think? I assume it'd be a big jump in price too, but right now I sort of feel like nothing's too expensive for my baby. Maybe I should try the spot repair, and if it doesn't work out, a refin could be a last resort?
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    I would say that if you want it fixed, then pay the price and have it done correctly by a professional, whether its a spot repair or refinish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlogicalor View Post
    I would say that if you want it fixed, then pay the price and have it done correctly by a professional, whether its a spot repair or refinish.
    Definitely. Like I said, I'm not really concerned about the price. I just don't want to mess with the mojo of my best guitar. So I'd probably prefer a spot repair. I think. I've been a little distraught so I don't know if I'm thinking straight.

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    IMO a spot repair will do you like 90 percent or more, like Shawn says. You'll have to look for it after.

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    They can do a total re-fin without stealing any mojo. If you're worried that it won't be as good, stop worrying. Everything I've sent in came back playing and sounding better.

    I can't seem to find the pictures of the damage done to this one right away (they're bound to be on the computer at home), but this guitar had some equipment fall on it... gouges in the wood, scratches in the finish, etc. It came back with so much extra mojo it needs to go back to Skitch to let him really have fun.

    (edit - found a better 'before' pic)



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    I submitted the request for a quote on the PTC website last night. We'll see what they say.

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    Please be patient while waiting for a response. Shawn's at home and is sick as hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    Please be patient while waiting for a response. Shawn's at home and is sick as hell.
    Ah, thanks for the info, I'll be patient. Didn't mean to rush anybody, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Ah, thanks for the info, I'll be patient. Didn't mean to rush anybody, sorry.
    No worries, man. I'm not bashing you at all. Just making sure you know so you don't wonder when it takes a few days (or more) to hear back.
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    I would touch that up too, but I also think guitars are meant to have war wounds. . I would let the PTC spot repair it and know that, if it's bothering you a year from now, you can always refinish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    No worries, man. I'm not bashing you at all. Just making sure you know so you don't wonder when it takes a few days (or more) to hear back.
    Right on, I would've started to worry come Friday. Thanks again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poffypoffa View Post
    I would touch that up too, but I also think guitars are meant to have war wounds. . I would let the PTC spot repair it and know that, if it's bothering you a year from now, you can always refinish it.
    She's got a few scratches on the back and a tiny nick or two on the edge that don't bother me, but this is just right on the front and so unsightly. I'll probably do as you suggest, spot-fix it now and if I decide later on she needs a refin that's still an option.

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