I noticed this on my 6 month old 5230LH

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Bonux, May 1, 2021.

  1. Bonux

    Bonux Electromatic

    5
    May 1, 2021
    Belgium
    I really love my new guitar so it kinda breaks my heart but it seems to be bending?

    Any advice on what i can do?

    https://imgur.com/nAlV1O8
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
  2. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    How thin is the plate? Take it off and take a photo. Does it return to flat when off?

    If it was mine, I would remove the plate and gently try to make it return to being flat. I would lay it on something flat and place a weight on it. Be careful not to crack it.

    After it returned to being flat I would put it in place on the guitar without putting the screws in and evaluate what was causing the issue. Is the plate slightly to wide, are the holes in the plate or the holes in the guitar body slightly off? If I determined that the holes did not line up as well as they should I would then consider a solution.
     
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  3. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

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    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    I guess I’m dense but I can’t recognize anything in that photo…
     
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  4. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Houston
    Wood moves differently from plastic - are there any other issues?

    -m
     
  5. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Houston
    nAlV1O8.jpeg

    Plastic cover is lifted.

    -m
     
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  6. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

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    Mar 4, 2021
    SoCal
    Possibly, carefully use a hair dryer then add some weight on top to reshape it. It looks too wide for the cavity it’s trying to cover. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
     
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Photo will not come up for me , thanks for posting
     
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum @Bonux
     
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  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz

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  10. Bonux

    Bonux Electromatic

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    May 1, 2021
    Belgium
    i screwed it off and the plastic is flat. I think it's the wood that has deformed.
     
  11. Bonux

    Bonux Electromatic

    5
    May 1, 2021
    Belgium
    no, the guitar plays great
     
  12. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Put a straight edge across the wood, inside the opening. Rest the straight edge on the inside flat area that the cover rests on. Lay it across the body next to the opening also.



    Also, lay the cover back in place, with a flashlight see if all the holes in the cover line up exactly over the holes in the body.
     
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  13. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

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    Feb 16, 2013
    California
    OK - now I get it.

    I would guess that the screw holes in the wood are misaligned from the holes in the cover. My Double Jet has round covers; before you get radical, try rotating the cover to each possible position. I’ve found that the cover fits better in one of the three possible positions.

    If the above doesn’t help, plug the existing holes by gluing toothpicks and redrill the holes, using the cover as a template.
     
  14. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Ya, that is my thinking if he rules out any problem with the body...Highly unlikely the body is the problem.
     
  15. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    My first thought seeing the pic was that there is something inside the cavity (wiring) bunched up somehow and forcing the cover up. But that should be obvious when you remove the cover. The suggestion to rotate the cover and see if it fits better in one orientation is a good one. Then, as suggested, try redrilling one or more of the holes (in the wood) to relieve whatever stress is causing the bend. That would assume that the cover itself is not slightly oversized for the cavity.
    Best of luck finding an easy fix!
     
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  16. Bonux

    Bonux Electromatic

    5
    May 1, 2021
    Belgium
    I dont think it was like that when I got the guitar. I would have noticed
     
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  17. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Can you return it to where you bought it?
     
  18. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    My guess is the guitar may have been exposed to heat and the plastic expanded. reheating it and squishing it in might work, but you may need to replace it or as other noted shave it or use new install holes.
     
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  19. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Probably not 6 months after purchase.
     
  20. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Well, since I’m old and cranky and arrogant, I’d take it back and show ‘em anyway. Then it’s their move.
     
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