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Old 07-10-2019, 06:30 PM
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Default There's a hole in my shoulder: cosmetic options

Hey folks. I've been playing around with a J45 this week. The previous owner drilled a hole in the shoulder (Lord knows why).

I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to make it look more presentable. Right now I'm thinking some black wood dye from the local art supply store up mask the bare wood and I could live with knowing where the damage was.

Does anyone else have a clever idea that doesn't involve a high degree of woodworking skill?

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Old 07-10-2019, 07:06 PM
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easy fix, take from it what you will, but this is how I would do it

- plug the inside with a small cleat to cover the area and a little of the surrounds
- fit a small piece of wood into the hole and sand smooth
- Paint black

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Old 07-10-2019, 07:12 PM
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I think, in my total absence of experience dealing with such stuff, that (a) masking off the outside of the hole so nothing happens to anything but the hole), (b) filling the hole with epoxy and (c) applying a little circle of black pickguard atop the hole. Idea being that an invisible repair ain't gonna happen, and at least a nice clean disk of plastic over the hole looks like somebody cared.
On a good day a paper punch can cut a nice even disk out of the pickguard.
Any filling of the hole needs the hole to be closed off on the inside with some kind of patch.

There's a zillion variations on making the hole look attended-to, but I've offered one idea.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:49 PM
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Scooby Do sticker. Or other. It looks like someone put a guitar strap button there. Or tried.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:20 AM
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What about a strap button? Looks like that was the original intent.

Glue a cleat on the inside of the guitar so the strap button has something to bite into (looks like it tore out of that hole maybe?). That at least makes it looks intentional, if strangely placed.
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Yup, it was intended as a strap button. Last owned ended up driving the strap button into the heel without a pilot hole and making a hairline crack there too. My luthier says it's stable and to leave it be. That's something I want the know more about too because I would really like to move the pin to what I consider the correct spot.

A small clean and some woodfill might be the way to go. Hmm.
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Well, if you are consulting a luthier, let her/him do their magic. Your four choices are: 1) leave it alone and do nothing, 2) cleat, fill and tint/paint/finish the repair, 3) install a strap button where the attempt was previously made and cover the cleated, filled hole with a new strap button, 4) combination of 2 and then install a new button on the heel.
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Yup, being black it's very easy to fix. I just plugged a hole in a black Les Paul (it was a coil tap switch hole) with a dowel just under the surface of the top then filled it in with black CA. Level it off with a razor and polish it out and it's just about invisible.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:25 AM
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Scooby Do sticker......
I like that! I was thinking duct tape, or a wad of chewing gum - but Scooby Do is sooo much classier!
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Yup, being black it's very easy to fix. I just plugged a hole in a black Les Paul (it was a coil tap switch hole) with a dowel just under the surface of the top then filled it in with black CA. Level it off with a razor and polish it out and it's just about invisible.
What is CA?
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Put in a volume knob - that’ll fool everyone -
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What is CA?
Cyanoacrylate glue. AKA Super Glue.
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Scooby Do sticker.
High tech, I love it.
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If OP is asking what's CA, then there is ZERO good going to come from him trying to use it.

I encourage the conservative, no-more-damage path: Take the guitar to a luthier and pay for the repair; it will likely be done with the least invasion of the rest of the guitar.

Under no circumstances should anyone start 'fixing' that hole without thoroughly masking off the surrounding area so as to not make things worse, which is very easy to do, and if CA is involved, all but certain.
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