Issue with new hot rod....

LA Miles

Country Gent
Dec 6, 2012
1,809
UPSTATE NY
IMHO, it is already an issue in your head and will always wear on you. The guitar is likely fine as a player, but it will cause you concern every time you pick it up. Just by asking whether to return it means you probably should return it for your own sanity.
 

Jelly Roll Horton

Country Gent
Nov 10, 2017
2,109
Portland, OR
I turned around one night and hit the head of my blue hot rod into a cymbal. Put i nice dent in it like yours. I was mad. Best part was about 20 minutes later i did it again. It killed me to see two blemishes that were caused by me(notice i didnt blame the drummer, i am turning I over a new leaf, blaming a drummer for stuff is like blaming a puppy for peeing on the rug, they just dont know any better). At first i almost lost sleep. But now its part of the history of the guitar. I know the OP did not pout those marks there, but maybe a few of your own and it will be just fine.

The First Cut is The Deepest. ~Cat Stevens
 

Merc

Friend of Fred
May 6, 2017
5,664
Florida
IMHO, it is already an issue in your head and will always wear on you. The guitar is likely fine as a player, but it will cause you concern every time you pick it up. Just by asking whether to return it means you probably should return it for your own sanity.

Sound advice. If something bothers me about a guitar I tend to think about it every time I pick it up.
 

jetbunny

Electromatic
Mar 29, 2017
85
NYC
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j.s.c

Country Gent
Aug 19, 2008
3,672
france
Wooow is this a SSL or SSVLO ?? because it's tiger one, isn't she? Anyway, very nice specimen !

Btw, talking back to the hotrod. Because it's laminate body, the guitar's structure is safe. Nevertheless I would recommand a superglue job. Thick Superglue to secure the chip of the headstock, then thin superglue (which flows like water) within the hairline crack (this one for sure will require 2 applications + 1 day dry or accelerator + wet paper sanding above 1000 + polishing eventually by hand).
 

jetbunny

Electromatic
Mar 29, 2017
85
NYC
04 SSLVO. I got lucky with the uneven grains all over.

Going back to the HR, I won’t mind the dings and scratches if the guitar sounds good.
 

peterjcb

Gretschie
Nov 28, 2017
285
USA
...just think of it as a starting point for a good relic job in 20 or so years.....;)

seriously if that's the only issue with it don't even think about it just enjoy it....there will be a lot more nicks and scratches unless you're going to keep in in a glass box and not enjoy it.
I have a satin black '13 and love it....great guitar!
 


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