Cosmetic "things, dings" on your guitar

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RoCkstAr256, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Marc Morfei

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    It’s like a new car. You try to keep it pristine for as long as you can, but sooner or later they get bruised. Oh well. They are tools meant to be used, not kept on a shelf.
     
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    You bring up a valid point about Price Range however, Dings and blemishes are NOT restricted to lower price points.... The ding and blemish God's don't play favourites.....It hurts just as much for the first ding in a 100 dollar guitar as it does when a 3000 dollar guitar has a boo boo!

    Think of it this way, they usually charge a Premium for a Road Worn guitar, at least your blems are free!
     
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    It annoys me when I dent my shiny new guitars. I get over it pretty quick but it is still annoying. Having to take care not to scratch or dent a guitar is annoying in itself. Once I get a couple dents or scratches I don't care much after that.
    I do like relics because they are already broken in and another dent or scratch doesn't bother me at all from the get go.
     
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    Got any shoes like this still kicking around?
    They could be worth some decent scratch these days on ebay.:)

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    Kinda like collecting coins: I don't care much for those pristine ones in a plastic shell. The old worn buffalo nickle taken out of circulation is way more interesting to me.
     
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    Like others, I see them as tools. Most Fender's look better with a little wear.
     
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    Yes, I’ve heard that too. So does the only guitar >$1500 I ever bought. It’s probably best to just bang it on the amp a couple times right off the bat, then just use it for it’s intended purpose.
     
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    I used to hate getting scratches on guitars.. I always bought new before, so it's always mint! but then I would lose interest and move it on and me losing big bucks in the second hand market, only to get a guitar that has been used and less "minty" than mine.. So I realized, I'll get more for my money buying used, despite having scratches, and some play wear, I'm still getting a good guitar and save tons of money.. So, over time I never cared at all..

    I'm a clumsy guy anyway, I bang the headstocks into things, or my picks would dig heavily into the finish in the heat of the moment, or my strap hasnt been fastened securely and the guitar falls, things like that..

    Now I can see or at least appreciate the wear, dings, nicks of a guitar, it was meant to be used, and the more it was used, then I know it came from a good player who knows how to use the guitar and have addressed every issue on it to get it to play better than new..

    of course there are once-in-a-lifetime deals that arises, I have found my AVRI62 thats 15 years old, with the pickguard protector sticker on it, some gummy haze on the finish, a bit of ball point size dings, and a few dents (from improper handling) in a Pawnshop. in a pawnshop, selling for the same money as a Japanese MIJ62, the owners didnt know what they had.. complete with the case, some tags and unmolested bridge cover

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    After cleaning, I realized it was a closet queen, played for a few minutes or maybe an hour or two, stored under the bed or in the closet and never played again for many years.. it was clean and had little scratches.. but you know what, after a few weeks, Ive put on more pick scratches and cleaning marks, and dinged the tip of the headstock due to carelessness and I loved it even more.

    Now my Black guitar is different.. I'm becoming obssessed on making it clean, fingerprint free and I'm even more careful with it, and its a squier!
     
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    They’re for playing. Not for looking at. Just tools. Fun, awesome, sexy tools. But still just tools. When I see a perfect instrument, that hasn’t just come out of a shipping box, all I can think of is those poor hammers hanging in the hardware store that have never gotten to smack a nail. I always hope somebody rescues them...
     
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    I try to keep all my guitars in pristine condition - but that's impossible. If one gets dinged - oh well.. that's not what it's all about. I move on.
     
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    While I do have a few guitars, they were bought to be played Live, in front of an Audience.
    Stays in tune - check
    Stays in tune - check
    Stays in tune - check

    Little dings and scratches don't bother me IF it plays like greased lightning.
     
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    I try to keep them all in awesome playable shape.
    New condition is for when they are new.
    Played condition is for when they have been played.
    I don’t beat my gear up at all, I respect them all and I do polish and buff them once in a while, but they aren’t “case queens”.
     
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    I'm okay with dings and scratches, though I like the ones I put there better. I've bought beaters in the past, never thought to much of it if it sounded good and was still solid.
     
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