My little baby girl!

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  1. Playloudd308

    Playloudd308 Supporting Member

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    So, while I was at work my most precious baby girl (be easy her 2nd birthday is tomorrow) decided she wanted to play guitar like daddy! She has been getting stealthy and after waking up from naps and likes to see how high our blood pressure can go. My guitars are in the same room she naps in.

    So... we will start with a before photo!


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    My wife found her standing on the neck using the guitar as a bridge between two chairs and creating her artwork!


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    Believe it or not, I am going to put a clear coat over and save it as it is now more (sentimentality) valuable than any other guitar I own.

    But I am heartbroken. She must have dropped it a few times or banged it on the table. The neck is a bit warped (not bad) and some frets are indented and I have buzzes and fretting out all over the neck.

    I want to use it as a project to fix with my son if possible.

    1.) is it fixable
    2.) where do I start?
    3.) what is a good kit for fret leveling? I need a new nut as well and would like to cut one myself!

    Any help would be great!
     
  2. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched

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    tight-roping an unsupported tele neck what a badass

    let the neck settle a few days, anything should be fixable
     
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    Im pretty sure Joe Satriani had a similar guitar. So all good to clear coat i think

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  4. 3 Mile Stone

    3 Mile Stone Silver Supporting Member

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    I like it. Too bad about the neck. Is that all rosewood or baked maple?
     
  5. Figaro

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    Precious
     
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    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Why do you keep your guitars sitting out in her room? :rolleyes:
     
  7. Playloudd308

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    So she can dream big dreams of being a rock star! Actually it is the lounge/music room that she comindeers for her naps. There is an 8 foot long memory foam beanbag that is everyone’s favorite “nap spot”.

    I do hope the neck can be saved. It is very comfortable and fits like a glove. I will try and post some pictures if I can get some good ones. It doesn’t look too bent but there was definitely no fretting out or buzzing before. I am guessing when she pulled it over there some of the frets were hit and pushed into the fretboard further.

    I have never finished frets before, it is a new thing so it is exciting and scary. Are there any good kits that come with everything I would need, or would it be better to piece out the materials? I want to learn as well so I figure now is as good a time as any
     
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    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd take it to a good guitar tech and have him suss it all out, but that's just me. I'm not qualified to do fretwork on guitars. I do understand wanting to preserve her "artwork" on the back though.
     
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    Lightly sand the back with 600 sand paper before you spray it so it can grab the surface.
     
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    further proof that a tele is as tough as it comes. I'd pull the neck off and send it to Peter Skermetta in Austin, if anyone can save it he can - his fretwork is legendary.

    We need pics of the birthday party!
     
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    hank57 Silver Supporting Member

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    Might become a new trend. Relics are over! Kid doodling on guitars direct from the custom shop.
     
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    Love it. My daughter turns three this week and every time I get a guitar out she says my turn daddy and strums it for a bit.
     
  13. drive-south

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    Naphtha would remove that crayon easily with no harm to the finish.
     
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    I do know a few good techs around here and that was my initial thought. But! Since my daughter put her creative “stamp” on it, I want my son to be connected in some way as well. He is only 5 but loves to help out on woodworking projects and building stuff around the house. I am sure even if we mess it up, a complete re-fret from one of the techs in Charlotte would get it back up and running.
     
  15. LolainNB

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    I’d fix it. And clean it. You have pictures of the doodles. Also she’s two so the Tele probably is not going to have some irreparable damage.
     
  16. Pointy Headstock

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    Leave it totally as is...raising a toddler is a lot like kayaking across open water...you only recognize how special the trip was after long after it's over. My daughter is a tween now...I miss every minute of when she was two.
     
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    You handled that well
     
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  18. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Wow, that is precious indeed. It's a good idea to preserve it, maybe check about someone's advise about sanding before coating. I think fret work is a bit tricky, perhaps you can spend some time with your son on it & then have it checked by a luthier for whatever issues are remaining..
    Post a picture of the artist!!
     
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    That would likely also remove the new artwork he's trying to preserve.
     
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    Am I the only one who saw that pic and went:
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