|mikecd1 ||08-24-2013 02:07 PM |
Repair wood around string ferrule
My bass has some wood chipped away around the ferrule for the e string (lakland 5502)Is there an easy repair? It's cosmetic only I think but it bothers me and not sure I have the cash to do a pro repair - suggestions? Maybe I should wait till I can afford a pro repair. Thanks! anAttachment 358162
|line6man ||08-24-2013 02:47 PM |
I would try a clothes iron.
|96tbird ||08-24-2013 03:37 PM |
Looks like someone tried to pull it out and chipped the wood and finish! A drop fill of similar varnish or even CA is indicated. Not that difficult with a little know how.
It would be a pain to try and fix the wood itself; there is quite a chunk missing at the edge of the ferrule. Drop fill the finish and forget it. What is done is done. Wear and tear.
|mikecd1 ||08-24-2013 05:28 PM |
Thanks! What exactly is CA?
|96tbird ||08-24-2013 06:20 PM |
Super glue. Go to Stewart McDonald website and look through the pro tips articles. Dan Erlewine has a tutorial on drop fills using CA super glue.
|mikecd1 ||08-24-2013 06:39 PM |
Really appreciate it! Thanks so much. Will fill it and forget it!
|Remus_Redbone ||08-24-2013 09:57 PM |
You probably can't fill it with anything that will match very close. I'd try to get the bare wood stained as close as possible to the same color as the surrounding stained wood.
Another cure, get a really good gig, and I promise you will forget all about the ding in the middle of the first set.
|mikecd1 ||08-25-2013 01:00 AM |
Went to change strings and most of the ferrules fell out and you were right - saw marks that look like someone was trying to push them out with a screwdriver. Ughhh!
|202dy ||08-25-2013 09:10 AM |
Staining a natural finish is unnecessary. It will come back to haunt at a later date.
As 96 suggests, performing a CA dropfill is solution. Razor blade scraper is an essential tool for the job.
|mikecd1 ||08-25-2013 09:56 AM |
I saw the Stewmac video and will do that using no stain. I think I will fill it, scrape it and just leave it.
|mikecd1 ||08-25-2013 12:02 PM |
It was pretty bad in there - I guess that is a mark from a screwdriver or a major wood-eating insect...filling, sanding and forgetting - a gig will help!
|96tbird ||08-25-2013 02:31 PM |
|mikecd1 ||08-25-2013 02:36 PM |
The part I really don't get is why go to all that trouble to remove the ferrules and then not fix or replace anything. Whatever, the first couple of coats of CA are drying though it seems to be taking a long time...
|96tbird ||08-25-2013 02:44 PM |
Yeah when you lay it on thick it takes a while. You can get accelerator but I find it clouds up the ca too much. Just take your time and leave it for about a day to ensure its set up before you scrape. It's a big hole there
I think it looks like a termite was in there. Doesn't look like a tool did that.
|fhm555 ||08-25-2013 03:47 PM |
Originally Posted by line6man
I would try a clothes iron.
I've used an iron on old gunstocks with good results, but only on those old military stocks loaded with linseed oil.
Never had need to try it on anything else so I can't say, but IME on wood with a lot of oil heat will work wonders on some pretty serious dents.
|C.Linton ||08-25-2013 04:11 PM |
That looks like a piece was actually chipped out of the wood. I don't think a CA drop-fill is gonna do it in this case.
|iiipopes ||08-25-2013 04:39 PM |
Mix in some fine sawdust in the super glue, patch the area, let it dry, then carefully reshape?
|mikecd1 ||08-25-2013 05:00 PM |
I definitely need some filler material. Is plastic wood any good? The super glue and sawdust sounds like a good idea, but I'm going to need a bunch for some other areas I found after removing the bridge.
|96tbird ||08-25-2013 05:59 PM |
" plastic wood" will work but there are epoxy fillers available that are better. If you're going to fill all the hidden holes you might want to go that way.
The full damage wasn't evident until you posted picture #2. In the first it just looks like a gouge, not a tunnel.
Cheezwhiz, you mean there's termite holes all over that bass? What's Laklang doing? Bio- chambering basses using insects?
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