Wear a belt buckle! I was in a 70's tribute rock band and had an '03 Murphy-aged Les Paul R8. Played our first gig and had a big ol belt buckle on. Wore the finish off the back in the first set. Shocking, but in the end I liked what it did because that's exactly how those guitars got that way. I just didn't realize it would happen that fast. But try to sell that guitar and they'd question "hey, I didn't think Tom Murphy did that in his relic'ing. What's up with those non-standard digs in the paint? Looks like a belt buckle did it. I'll pass." Freaking hilarious.