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Hello Paul, I have a very small ding/hole on my guitar and would like to know the best way of having it repaired. My guitar is a Rickenbacker 381v69 mapleglo, built in 1997. I had it shipped from America to the Uk, it was brought as used.  Straight away I noticed the ding/hole, it has not got any worse, however I see it all the time and would love to get rid of it. If you imagine the head of a small nail head, the small nail has punctured through the lacquer and exposed the wood. The hole is about 2mm wide and roughly 1mm in depth. It is on the back of the guitar. I am worried about just handing it to anyone, please could you tell me how I can get it fixed. I am in south England.   Thank you.

Aaron, the Sussex Downs and South Coast (Brighton and Hove, west to the New Forest) is my favorite part of the UK.

Here's how to effect a repair:

Make sure there isn't any dirt in the hole in the varnish.

Dab clear nail varnish into the hole, carefully, and allow to dry (overnight or a couple of days).

If it has shrunk to below the guitar's surface, add another dab. Be as neat as possible. Allow to dry and repeat if necessary until you have a hardened tiny drop of nail varnish filling the hole and standing proud of the surrounding guitar surface.

Carefully wet-sand the drop flat with the surrounding finish, using #1000 wet or dry paper and a bit of soapy water.

Polish with T-cut and wax once glossy.


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paul wilczynski


Anything concerning building, tuning, theory of construction. Specialist in finishing (40 years' experience); extensive knowledge of Rickenbacker instruments of all vintages. Rickenbacker factory connection on personal level; ONLY licensed Rickenbacker luthier in the world.


Extensive. I build and restore electric and acoustic guitars (steel string and nylon classicals). I build all of Rickenbacker's acoustic instruments in my own shops in San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA. I write two online columns with a total of over 15,000 posts since January, 2005. Google my name or my screen name, "jingle_jangle".

American Guild of Luthiers.

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Manage the University Department workshops(Industrial Design) in SF, also have taught and written design and fabrication classes for almost a decade. Have produced online classes, written curricula, syllabi, etc. Run an online forum for my students (500 in number).

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Awards won for product, vehicle, and preschool toy design in the past.

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Rickenbacker International Corporation, Waterstone Guitars LLC, many Fortune 500 companies before I worked in guitars (I ran a design studio for 22 years). I have hundreds of individual--private party--customers.

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