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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 6:08 pm 
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The top on this takamine has been badly damaged and gouged with a plectrum so much that its beginning to wear right through the wood. The damage is even deeper than it looks in the photo. I have glued a cleat underneath to stabilize it but now I need to decide what to use to fill the top ? Its quite a deep hole to fill and I was wondering if anyone has done one of these repairs before and can tell me what to use. I want to stay away from the wood doughs and fillers if possible but maybe there's something else out there that would be suitable to build up the dip in the wood and finish it with shellac or nitro to match the old finish
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 8:35 pm 
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I have just done 2 repairs of this same damage.
I routed out the bad area and laid in fresh spruce. Then make a new pickguard to cover the area. It wasn't that hard of a task and worked out well for the customer.

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Ummm...learn how to pay without a pick and keep the hole as a reminder.


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 6:02 am 
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Thanks guys.

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 7:39 am 
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Laying in new spruce is the best way to go but grain match and quality of glue joints will determine how well the repair looks. Another option is to fill the area with a clear material like polyester or epoxy. This will avoid the issues of grain and glue lines but will leave an optical distortion that will change with viewing angle. Or just seal the damage with fresh lacquer and leave the guitar tell the tales of it's wild youth........

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