Cosmetic "things, dings" on your guitar

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  1. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Afflicted

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    I have never ever bough a guitar without small scratch, dots, dings, little cosmetic things. Always some kind of black dot or a little scratch even on stock new ones. I Owned guitar from 100-750$ Range. How do you feel about cosmetic things, like scratches, dings, dots at new or used gear?
     
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    my guitars are for playing not for pampering, I am not bothered with dings and scratches
     
  3. Toto'sDad

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    My clumsy is big ese. I don't think I have ever owned anything that I didn't put dings in. I mean that to include things like anvils and bowling balls. Guitars? Meh, I usually bang 'em up first time they come out of the case. Did you know it is possible to bang a headstock on a ceiling light?
     
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    Same here.

    I've been banging away on the same Tele for almost 50 years!

    In spite of all of the bangs and bruises and nicks and cuts, none of the mojo seems to have escaped yet!

    Cheers,
    Doug
     
  5. brookdalebill

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    I’m careful with my instruments, but I accept the fact
    that they’re going to get bumped, scratched, chipped and banged.
    I play, travel and gig with them.
    None of my baker’s dozen instruments is mint and flawless.
    Like me, they’re, uh, roadworn.
    Cool with me.
     
  6. Dismalhead

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    Traded a dingless Les Paul Studio for my first Tele, which came with three nickel-sized bashes in the poly. I Crazy Glued the edges to keep them from spreading and partied on. Been a long time since I dinged or scratched a guitar myself but it doesn't bother me a bit if a guitar has them.

    Do we grow out of dinging our guitars? Seems like it was something that happened in my teens and twenties.
     
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    We went to NYC a couple of weeks ago and I got to see the Play It Loud show at the Met. You need to go see it. There are rooms full of iconic instruments -- Elvis' Martin! Stevie Ray's Strat! Jimmy Page's #1! Blackie! Frankenstein! -- and nearly all of them show the marks of heavy use. I mean, it's pretty cool to see a guitar John Lennon played, but seeing the pick scratches he put on the top and the places where his hands wore away the finish, that's really something. Pristine guitars are for people who don't play.

    Mrs. Basher said "These guitars have all been loved to death like teddy bears."

    Did you know it's possible to stick a headstock in a ceiling fan? Twice?
     
  8. Toto'sDad

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    Uh, yes I did! Thanks for the info. I have seen some guitars that people of note have played, and all of them look, well, played!
     
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    The only thing I worry about anymore is, does it feel good in my hands & does it sound good in my ears.
     
  10. RoCkstAr256

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    You have same tele for 50 years :D? Im about half that age
     
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    Pshaw.
     
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    I've got boots that are twenty five years old.
     
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    Is it just me or do Fender guitars look great with a little battle damage but Gibson guitars look terrible?
     
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    I have never bought a guitar "factory-new".
    My Ukuleles were new and my second guitar was hanging in a shop and was probably never played/touched before.
    Those had no dings and dongs. I bought the guitar for a reduced price, but the Ukes were right from the stock and I would have been complaining, if they would have arrived with scratches, dings or whatever.
    All my other instruments were second hand or on the stand in shops. I don't mind dings and dongs on those.
    On the other hand, it is absolutely beyond me, why anyone would deliberately want a brand new guitar with a "used" and worn-down look, I find this completely silly.
     
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    some people hate relics, I don't but I can see why others do. but one great thing about a reliced guitar - you don't give a hoot about banging them up.
     
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    Touch-up paint from a car I had is a perfect match
     
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    I feel at ease. My tele was already much dinged up when I got it used. My strat was bought new in a pristine state but when I removed the neck for a truss-rod adjustment the paint chipped. Basically, I don’t care. And while I don’t particularly like chips, signs of wear will be welcome.
     
  19. Matthias

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    I keep them nice, but they all pick something up. Most have come with a blemish or imperfection somewhere.

    My Jag is picking up play wear quickly. That’s fine... I wanted the edge taking off it naturally... Like scuffing new sneakers, which is what you did in my day. You could always tell if you got you friend to stand on your toes - the sneaker equivalent of a bad relic! :D
     
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    Dings, paint chips etc = Mojo...enuff said!
     
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