This Is a question for the folks with truly "collectable" vintage equipment from the 1940s-1950s, not "players" guitars, but pristine examples. Do you actually play that original nocaster/blackguard/whatever? Maybe not regularly, but do you take it out and handle it and use it for its intended purpose? Or is is a display piece at this point, or worse yet an investment piece and handling it would effect its value more than you'd like, so it's not worth it to take out of its case? I ask, because I got into a conversation with someone about comic books, and there exists a third party grading system that will determine a comics condition, and if it is deemed "high grade" it is sealed In a plastic case, and its value is considered about 5x that of a unsealed,ungraded example of the same comic. Which to me seems crazy, because it ceases to be a comic book the moment it is sealed in plastic and you can't physically read it appreciate the artwork or writing inside. Traditional Book collectors do not do this, (as far as I know)... historic books may be put behind glass, or in storage but their most basic function is still considered. They still get read from time to time and still be considered to retain their value. So to bring this back around to the topic at hand: guitars. They are made to serve a single main purpose when you get right to it- to be played to make music. So do you play yours? Or is it like the sealed up comic? UV protected, sealed with inert gas so that its guaranteed to outlast you, but never to be used for its intended purpose or appreciated outside of what it looks like for the front? And at that point can it still be considered a guitar?