Today, I was cleaning my room, and I put a phone powerbank on a bed. I wanted to put guitar close to it, but when I stood near the bed, I blacked out (for a few secs) and accidentally dropped my guitar onto this powerbank. It fell on the sharp edge and left this dent on the back side of the body. How bad is this dent and how is it fixable (well, at least so it won’t noticeable right off the bat). I left photos below.

Update: My phone camera sucks and it can't make good macro (gets very blurry when getting close to the object).

Describing this dent will sound like this:

It looks like a half of a circle (I'm bad at English maths, so I'll refer to the top enclosing line as circle diameter, and to the half itself as arc), where the circle diameter (the straight line) is on the same level as other parts with varnish, so you can say, that the top border is on the baseline. The arc (starting from the contour) is pressed inside by less than 2 millimeters. So the circle diameter is now overlaying the continuation of arc which stretches inside (below it) by 1 mm (or so). Varnish is still in place – no cracks.

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    You should get checked out ASAP for the black out. For the dent, it’s not clear what you mean by “how bad”. It’s exactly as bad as it is? Jun 24, 2019 at 20:33
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    GO TO A DOCTOR. NOW. Once you get back from the doctor, you need to give us a bit more information - what kind of guitar, exactly how big/deep the dent is (need something in the picture for scale). IME, dents are mostly a cosmetic issue and don't affect tone, but I play cheap guitars.
    – John Bode
    Jun 24, 2019 at 20:43
  • Both the pictures are quite out of focus - if you're taking them on a phone, see if you can get it to actually focus on the dent. Jun 24, 2019 at 21:39
  • Came to make the same comment. Passing out is way more concerning than the dent. Guitar should be fine even with a dent. Get your head checked. I hope you’re ok.
    – b3ko
    Jun 25, 2019 at 0:01
  • Were you tired at the time? It's possible that you're using the term "blacked out" to mean something far less serious such as dozing off.
    – Dekkadeci
    Jun 25, 2019 at 0:14

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Usually a dent or a scratch won't really affect the ability of the instrument to make music, but some folks are real persnickety about the way their instrument looks. In that case find a good luthier and let him fix it like new for you. Some of them can work wonders!

  • Thanks for the answer. I updated the info, maybe you could say something about the dent more detailed based on description, because my camera can't do macro.
    – Eugen Eray
    Jun 26, 2019 at 17:19
  • @Eugen Eray- sometimes wood that has been compressed in this fashion can be restored by applying steam which will make the wood swell back to it"s original shape, but I would expect the finish on the dent would need to be removed to allow moisture to penetrate the wood effectively. After the dent is removed, new finish will need to be applied to the repair. I'd probably recommend having a luthier take care of this. Jun 26, 2019 at 17:35

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