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Discussion in 'Backline' started by thegun, Dec 9, 2010.
The best answer for me would have been "Yeah, but I got over it."
All my guitars have scratches, chips or dents by now. LOL.
I think I haven't scratched my fav one yet (2007 semicustom Jackson Stars Rhoads).
But that is more luck than anything, or maybe good 3D awareness. I just happen not to bump into walls with it. Although I think I have bumped the headstock into the ceiling a few times by now, but the finish so far didn't chip. Go Jackson!
Yup, day I got the Stinnett. Was swapping the pickups to get the 89 in the bridge and 81TW in the neck, and the flathead screwdriver in the flathead pickup height screws slipped out and put a tiny ding in the guitar between the pickups.
Since then, since it's oil finished and doesn't have any kind of real lacquer or clearcoat, it's got some super light buckle rash, a few impressions/tiny dents in the wood, and the finish where my right arm wrests is just slightly faded on the edge - I think this'll end up looking really cool in a few years!
guitars are like tools, and they needs to be played, so its normal to get some wear on them..
i´m actually happy now when the first scratch happens on a new guitar, because after that moment, i can really start to PLAY the guitar.
before its just some shy tingle tangle
I take very good care of my guitars, but i buy my guitars to play them, and not just to look at them.
my absolute favorite guitar is beat up as fuck.
I'm with exo on the first scratch though....the first one is tough, but you'll get over it quick and from then on you can start using the guitar like you should
I don't care. I think it is too hard to keep a guitar perfectly clean, and you have to be a bit maniac to do so, and if you move a lot like me it's quite a challenge. So all my guitars have a few dents. Of course the first scratch is not cool but I get over it really quickly. And I like the idea of having a guitar that lives.
I really can't play my guitar after It got scratched.... :/
a valid reason to buy another new one
my most expensive guitar is ancient and all the chips and dents are part of the character. Love it
i fucked up my custom mayones guitar some time ago, lowerded the neck pickup
too much so the pickup screw made it almost to the back of the guitar!
My MMM1 is beat to fuck, I love it.
My headstock is fucked but that's it
I have Jackson SL2H that I spent a fortune (for me) to buy. A year after owning it I was resting it on my lap while I was restringing it and I leaned over to pick up something off the table and the guitar slid off my lap and I sort of caught it but the side got nicked against a chair. A piece of paint the size of a pencil eraser came off the edge of the guitar and it exposed the wood. I ended up buying some Duplicolor paint and filling it in a bunch of times and then wet sanding and polishing it and I still notice it but most people don't. One thing that happened that isn't my fault is there is some sort of weird paint thing happening on the front of the guitar. There is a spot about 5mm wide that's circular and it's almost like a paint nick underneath the clear-coat. I think it's some sort of defect. Oh well.
I also have a Carvin X220 that I painstakingly sanding down to the bare wood. The guitar was originally black, then someone decided to paint it purple metallic. I wanted to restore it to black. I used nitro paint to restore it, but I didn't know nitro paint was so soft. I would have taken it to an auto shop and had it painted if I had known the paint dents so easily. Well after about two years my X220 looks like a beater guitar after gigging and practicing. It's my workhorse guitar because I love the 24.75" scale neck.
Here it is before: http://home.comcast.net/~sbingier/Carvin/carvin001.jpg
And restored: http://home.comcast.net/~sbingier/carvinblk01.jpg
What exo said. I have my guitars that I'm prepared to have scratched to buggery on the road or in the studio. If I'm not prepared for that to happen they stay at home. I never understand people that get precious about guitars they bring out.
I have my beaters and I have my good custom.
I could care less about random scratches and dings on my LTD and MMM1, That's why I bought them.
But my Gutierrez custom, hell if it even got a tiny blemish I would be pissed.
All of my guitars have scratches and scrapes, and I don't care.
The crowning glory is the three dents from a power plug that my daughter put on the back of one of my Les Pauls.
IMO, dents/scratches shouldn't bother guitar players, only guitar collectors and sellers.
Don't stress it man. It's all character. Some people pay a premium for fake aged guitars