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Somehow got a big nick in my neck what do I do?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by drewphishes, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    No idea how it happened. Picked up my bass and its nicked badly on the neck. Its not in a spot that affects playability but im pretty bummed.

    What can I do?


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  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    It adds Character :)

    Seriously though i would leave it alone but if it really bugs you, gently sand it a little to try and blend it in.
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  3. Rocknrollover


    Apr 30, 2016
    I might try light sanding as mentioned maybe use fine Emory cloth.
  4. Wow, that's pretty bad, not sure how it could happen w/o you knowing.

    First step, get it back as close to what it was, how:

    put a damp cloth on it & heat it with a clothes iron

    no, I'm not kidding

    the steam from the damp cloth will cause the wood to puff back out a bit (for lack of better term)

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  5. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Ouch!!!! I am offering this as an old woodworker and have never applied this to an instrument so take this with a grain of salt. Wood fibers are like tightly bound straws. When they are crushed you can bring them back flush by applying moisture. A damp place on a towel placed on the dent, then blow it with a hair dryer. That puts moisture back into those crushed fibers and can bring them back flush. Then a light buffing with Emory cloth and a touch with brush on lacquer and I bet it would be good as new.

    Sorry KBD.... you and I think alike! We must have hit the post button at the same time!
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  6. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    Yea my bass was down in the family room. I have zero idea how it happened. Its a big nick to not remember a drop or hit to it that bad
  7. Me & my family members after that gash magically appeared:

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  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Just be careful with the heat. You don't need to add a burn Mark to that.
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Steam and heat, followed by a drop fill and light sanding.
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  10. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    This is the answer.

    If you want or need more detail search "steaming a dent" and "drop fill" on this forum.
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  11. mesaplayer83


    Jun 27, 2017
    This - I wet a clean washcloth, squeeze out most of the water, then apply it and the barrel(not the tip) of a soldering iron on the dent, taking care not to linger long enough to burn anything... You can usually swell a dent back out as far as it's going to go this way, then drop fill, sand and buff from there...
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  12. Eric ER

    Eric ER

    Mar 22, 2015
    Seattle, wa
    Previous: Dusty Strings harp/dulcimer building
    Yes, for such a small area, a soldering iron is much better suited than a clothes iron. I would steam, it may take a few passes, just don’t burn it. Sanding after will soften the edges. If it were me, I’d stop there and not bother with a drop fill.
  13. I use a monokote iron for steaming out dents. Variable temp and teflon coated.
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  14. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Bingo. You can get these at any hobby shop stocking RC supplies. Modelers use 'em for installing mylar (?) on airplane wings and such. I used one to smooth out a Koa neck that felt like a washboard. You'll still need to drop-fill the defect once minimized, though.

  15. mesaplayer83


    Jun 27, 2017
    I just checked one of those out - looks pretty handy

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