Buckle Rash

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  1. TeleBrew

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    I'm fascinated by the concept of buckle rash on the backs of guitars, for some reason. I've seen countless listings on Ebay and Reverb over the years that mention none, or slight, or a lot, or whatever.

    It seems to be universally acknowledged as a bad thing, at least from a sellers perspective.

    So why do some guitars have it? Do you wear a belt when you play? (I never do). Do you avoid causing it at all costs?

    BTW, buckle rash wouldn't prevent me from buying a guitar, but I prefer my guitars not to have it, I guess. But maybe I've been conditioned by years of seeing "no buckle rash" listings!
     
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    I’m about to put a pristine, high end acoustic up for sale...because of the test pilot/belt buckle types, we’re going the exclussive, appointment salesroom route...25 percent is worth this to myself
     
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  3. ReverendRevolver

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    I've worn belt buckles for ages. I'm quite skinny, so pivot the buckle to my right to help keep the excess belt down with my belt loop. I also wear my guitar kinda high. While PLENTY of other things have happened to my guitar finishes, buckle rash isn't one of them.

    But, just like the little flakes of missing paint on the bottom of some bodies, buckle rash helps negotiate a more wallet friendly price when shopping.
     
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    You could say" Road worn buckle rash look " added at no extra cost:twisted:
     
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    Ha ha! Especially given the price of Fender Custom Shop, Nash, MJT, etc, professionally relic'd guitars.
     
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    I guess it depends on the guitar, for me, too. I have no problem with it on a Tele or Strat, but for some reason it would bug me to see it on a Rickenbacker. It makes no sense, I know.
     
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    Most of my electrics have it and are worn in other areas but not my acoustics. Strange.
     
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    I prefer guitars with things like buckle rash.

    1. I don’t want to pay a premium for a pristine finish as I care more for a guitar’s feel in my hands and sound it makes.

    2. I don’t want to worry about having to try to keep it pristine. If it’s already got minor wear like buckle rash and a couple of minor dings I worry less about when I add a few more dings myself.
     
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    After I gained about 30 lbs all of a sudden my guitars don’t get buckle rash anymore.
     
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    Buckle rashing is the new relicing. Extra charge for Texas belt buckle rash.
     
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    It's a cowboy thing.

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    I would think the rivets on jeans even with no belt might do it a bit too.
     
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    I wear my belt buckle shifted one loop to the left when I play, I took our keys player a long time to figure out why. I like feeling my guitar against my stomach and all my guitars are either finished by me or new in the last few years so none of them have any rash on the back.
     
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    I pick my belts so that there isn't all that much metal contact. There will be some anyway.
     
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    For awhile every kid in my neighborhood had a white double buckle belt worn one loop to the left....because we were guitar players. All of us. Then the Monkees went off the air.
     
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    As you get older, ahem, you also get levi button rash from the
    first button on an old pair of jeans unless you pull your
    tshirt down all the time.
     
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    In the UK folk tend not to tuck in casual shirts. Whether you like the look or not it's an instant fix for buckle rash.
     
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    I've just been looking up how to repair it.

    The guitar that I bought new and played for 10 years has none. My 2 LPs that I bought second hand both have it but very different patterns. 1 is very thin scratches off-centre and in a small area. The other is thicker and all over the place.

    The reason I want to know how to repair it is, there is similar damage all along the top of the neck (ie next to the binding) which I can feel while playing. Weird, maybe the previous owner wore a thumb-ring while playing??
     
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    I'm with you, I tell people it's Mother Nature's way of protecting my guitars. Years ago during a gig a guy our bass player knew asked if he could sit in and sing a song. As we got him up he asked if he could play my acoustic guitar. I told him could but he needed to either take off his belt or cover up the belt buckle,it was a very large cowboy type buckle. I had only had this acoustic guitar just a few months it was a J200 Gibson and I did not want it scarred up. He got up to play and covered his belt buckle with his handkerchief,you could tell from the look on his face that it just about broke his heart to cover up that belt buckle.
     
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    Seems like an overly large shed for such a small horse.
     
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