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Why the hate for gold plate?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Donny Osmond fan, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Donny Osmond fan

    Donny Osmond fan Tele-Holic

    May 6, 2018
    On every guitar club, forum, or Facebook club most guitarists say I hate gold plate. Or if it did not have the gold plate. I'm a gold plate nut. I in love with it. So why the distian for gold plate? Sure it rubs off. But too me it looks snazzy. And I take care of my gold-plated guitars.:twisted:

    But most dislike it. Why? I love fancy blingy guitars. If you don't then that is fine too. So why all the hate and distain for gold plate on guitars?:rolleyes:
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  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    too blingy, heck, i even prefer my chrome hardware to be matte

    and yeah, gold finish tarnishes and looks really bad/chintzy
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  3. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    It doesn’t wear well.

    Also too blingy
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  4. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    I think it looks good on white Les Pauls, Gretsch White Falcons and White Penguins, and I can tolerate it on Explorers.
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  5. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    It's ugly and tasteless (just like gold watches chains, and other gold bling).
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  6. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 26, 2014
    It looks tacky when new.

    It wears quickly, then moves from tacky to cheap and nasty looking.

    Can't stand the stuff, give me good old chrome or nickle any day.
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  7. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

    I agree with the above folks. Once it wears it looks bad and it wears faster than chrome
  8. Guran

    Guran Friend of Leo's

    Mar 20, 2007
    First I would like to point out that there's a big difference between not liking and hate.

    To me it looks alright on some guitars. Not many, but some.

    There is something about gold that doesn't look good to me. Silver/chrome has a certain purity or cleanliness that gold doesn't have. This is not only on guitars, it applies to most things. Gold is expensive and therefore has a status despite it's inferior look. Bling for the sake of bling.

    I have never had a guitar with gold hardware, so I can't say anything about the wear aspects.
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  9. Donny Osmond fan

    Donny Osmond fan Tele-Holic

    May 6, 2018
    I have gold watches and other things. I love gold or gold plate. :twisted:
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  10. Boubou

    Boubou Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 30, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    Why do you hate gold plate?
    If not chrome, I would go black personally
  11. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I have only ever owned one guitar that featured the gold-plated metal bits.

    She was a Gibson Les Paul Studio which I bought brand-new in 1996.

    The gold seemed to be a classy accompaniment to the ebony guitar finish, and I must say it looked pretty nice when brand-spanking-new.

    As the years rolled on, however, the fade and tarnish began, and there didn't seem to be any way to reverse the trend. It didn't help that I lived on the North Shore of Oahu for a few years in the middle of my ownership of the Les Paul, and that salt air probably didn't help.)

    I eventually sold her for just around Blue Book value, and I have never desired any gold-trimmed guitars ever since.
    Chrome or pewter, yes. Black chrome is excellent too.
    But not the gold, not for me.
  12. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
  13. Donny Osmond fan

    Donny Osmond fan Tele-Holic

    May 6, 2018
    Take the parts and thickly gold plate them. Gold plating do it yourself is cheap. And the bottle of the gold plate lasts a long time.
  14. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    I use to like it.

    As I got older my tastes changed.

    I don't hate it, I just prefer nickel.
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  15. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Call me tacky but I love gold hardware. And when it wears rough'n'ready, even better.
  16. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    “Hate” is much too strong a word - it just isn’t an attractor for me, and given the issues with wear I would always choose nickel or chrome in preference.
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  17. fidopunk

    fidopunk Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, WV
    It can look good on the correct application but I think it's a mindset thing-- chrome or nickel plating serves a purpose. The metal is protected from corrosion. Gold plating too will protect the underlying metal from corrosion but it does so with an expensive, ostentatious metal (that like others have pointed out, ages poorly).

    I have a deep-seated love of '50's cars and theres so, so much chrome on most of them (I'm looking in your direction, '55 Studebaker) but gold? I can't think of such a beast.
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  18. Dixon in Korea

    Dixon in Korea Tele-Meister

    Feb 17, 2018
    Busan, South Korea
    This is what worn gold-plated hardware looks like. It looked worse before I cleaned it.

  19. pannaforumbee

    pannaforumbee TDPRI Member

    Jun 10, 2018
  20. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Too blingy for me on Fenders
    Only looks right to me on some guitars, such as big jazz boxes.
    The only one I have with gold I do really like, my 1974 Les Paul Custom Anniversary. It wouldn't look right to me in nickle or chrome. Any excuse to post a pic ;)

    LPC 74.JPG
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