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    metal decal on headstock peeling away slightly...

    Hi

    As I announced on Friday, I bought a 2011 Studio. On close inspection I noticed, when I was giving the headstock a minor dusting, that the Paul Reed Smith metal decal is coming away slightly. I got a reasonable deal, with the guitar being a 2011 model, so I don't really, if at all, want to take it back to the dealer.

    For now I will just have to be extremely careful when I am cleaning the headstock, but I am wondering if there is something I could do to stick it back down again, without ruining the finish.

    Also, I've watched quite a few of the PRS production videos and as best as I can tell, the decal is applied after the topcoat is buffed up and is not lacquered over.


    cheers

    andy

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    Junior Member synkrotron's Avatar
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    That's interesting Greg, thanks

    I'm going to send off the warranty card this week, and that will probably take a week or so to get across the pond. Once it is registered I might see if I can do the same.

    Have you fitted yours? Must be a pain to locate properly?

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    Interesting - I've never seen or heard of this happening before. Would think it would be covered by warranty if the guitar was bought new and they'd take care of it if the guitar was sent in? Costly if you're overseas though.

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    And therein lies the problem vchizzle

    I really wouldn't fancy sending it back in for that even if I was not overseas. I'm kind of in love with my newly aquired guitar and don't want to be without it for any amount of time

    Good luck with your decal Greg and let us know how you get on

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    Yeah, I'm interested to know how it goes and what the procedure is to put it on.
    i'll have to make a point while I'm at the Experience this year to see if I can see how and when they do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    to see if I can see how and when they do it.
    Yeah, that would be brilliant

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    Did they tell you how to apply it?

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    Very cool! Glad you don't have to worry about how to hold your P anymore!
    Alan

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    Interesting - I never would've guessed it was as simple as that!

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    Thanks for the update Greg, and I'm glad you've sorted it out to your satisfaction

    As for mine, I called the shop where I got my Studio from at the weekend and his immediate response was that I bring it back into the shop so that he can return it to the UK PRS depot for "repair." One the one hand, that would sound like the best option, considering I paid over 2000 for a guitar, however beautiful. But that involves a half hour trip in rubbish traffic (I know that is nothing to those on the other side of the pond LOL) and another half hour drive back. A two week wait and then another hour round trip.

    I guess I should be patient, do the right thing and wait for a proper job to be done. I've asked him if I could think about it and get back to him in a couple of weeks (off to the Download Festival this weekend), and he said that would be okay, now that I have informed them of the problem.

    A new decal could fix my problem too, and it would mean that I wouldn't miss my guitar. Trouble is, I would need the "Reed" part of the signature, more that a simple "P," and is why I am thinking of the "right" option...

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    I can tell you from experience, NEVER use polish of any kind on the front of the head stock if you have the gold raised logo. The moisture will cause the adhesive to lift. I found out when I went to clean up a pretty dirty used PRS I took in on trade. Not thinking I gave a light spray to the headstock As I wiped it down I took the P and R right off. If you do need to clean a dirty headstock, lightly put the polish on the cloth and be very careful.
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    I'm something of a safety enthusiast. Because I firmly believe that all products need warning stickers prominently displayed in areas that present a possible danger, I always remove the PRS sticker and add a day-glo orange sticker with black lettering to the front of my PRS headstocks. I've had these stickers custom made by a major automotive sticker supplier. For safety reasons, the stickers are not removable. The stickers say:

    WARNING: THE HEADSTOCK ON THIS GUITAR HAS TWO POINTS THAT COULD CAUSE DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY IF USED IMPROPERLY. CONSULT OWNERS MANUAL FOR SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. IF AIRBAGS DEPLOY THE GUITAR MUST BE SENT TO THE PTC. DO NOT SMASH GUITAR AGAINST AMPLIFIER UNLESS HEADSTOCK IS HELD FIRMLY. DO NOT SET GUITAR ON FIRE WITH LIGHTER FLUID WITHOUT ADEQUATE VENTILATION. PERSONAL INJURY MAY RESULT IF HEADSTOCK OF SMASHED GUITAR IS THROWN INTO CROWD. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO USE INSTRUMENT IN SWORDFIGHT. ALWAYS KEEP IN PROTECTIVE CASE WHEN NOT IN USE. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. DO NOT REFRIGERATE GUITAR. DO NOT POUR SOLVENTS ON GUITAR AND SNIFF GUITAR. DO NOT STORE GUITAR NEAR HEATING VENTS. DO NOT TAUNT GUITAR. SMASHED GUITAR SPLINTERS MAY CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY. ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN PLAYING GUITAR. IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH GUITAR, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION. AVAILABLE BY PRESCRIPTION ONLY. SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DEVELOP ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: RASH, FUNGAL INFECTION, SPLINTERS, BLINDNESS, YAWS, LEPROSY, HEADACHES, EAR DAMAGE, FREQUENT URINATION, GAS, OR AN ERECTION THAT LASTS FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS. BLISTERS ON YOUR FINGERS ARE NOT LEPROSY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjf View Post
    Nonetheless, PRS was fabulous supporting a used instrument.
    That is, indeed, fantastic and good to know.

    Thanks for the additional advice Ron. Kinda makes sense, what you're saying

    Thanks for the safety advice Les...

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