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have you ever actually worn out a guitar?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by thunderbyrd, May 23, 2018.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I've wondered: is it actually possible to wear out a guitar beyond any way of fixing it? not abuse, not a fire or accident, just worn out. have you ever seen a boni fide wore out guitar?

    I think the player will wear out before the instrument.
     
  2. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    Yep - my first Strat, a 1984 MIJ. Had it refretted 3 times and eventually the neck was so worn down that it was almost scalloped. Still have it but it’s too knackered to play out now
     
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  3. blowtorch

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    Wore out the frets on my Squier CV50
     
  4. Steve Ouimette

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    You mean like this?
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    No, I have not. :lol:
     
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    Trigger is still not at all worn out.
    It plays and sounds great.

    I've had my avatar guitar 30 years, the neck 34 years.
    It's been refretted 6 times.
    It ain't worn out, either.
    I'll wear out before Trigger, and my B bender critter wear out.
     
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    My first strat I wore through the middle pick up cover from hitting it while strumming, it was still playable so i guess it doesn't fit the thread but that was pretty funny.
     
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  8. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    ah, yes, but you could put a new neck on it. then it's not worn out anymore.
     
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    "It's been a good ax, two heads and three handles."
     
  10. WetBandit

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    But that's not really the same instrument anymore...

    The neck pretty much is the guitar...
     
  11. 1293

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    Almost. My '79 Yamaha FG-335 has a gouged fretboard. I've dressed the frets, but they're low.
     
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    I haven’t even gotten close, though I did get some pretty good dents in frets on my #1 before I swapped out the neck.
     
  13. RodeoTex

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    My Affinity was my number one for ten years. The scruffy old fretboard didn't wear out, it just started coming detached from the neck.
    I replaced it with a Squier 51 neck but it really was a different guitar as @WetBandit said.
    It doesn't get much if any amp time anymore.
     
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    My exact same guitar is exactly as yours. I did save it from becoming a slide only box by installing a bridge truss. I love it and even the deep ruts in the board and the notches in the frets don't keep me from loving it...
     
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    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I spend too much time on internet forums to wear out any guitars. Also I seem to be pretty easy on frets, and having 5 or 6 around means never really working any of them too hard.
     
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    The lead singer in my band plays guitar pretty aggressively. He has a few Martins that are real beat up, but his Gibson Chet Atkins is probably the worst. Where it's worn through the finish it's probably 1+cm deep. He also broke the headstock off. Image1527126113.239471.jpg

    He plays a lot of cowboy chords and all his guitars have the most indented frets I've ever seen. I played this one at an acoustic show one time and every time I try to do a bend the string would get stuck in the divot.
     
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    I've worn some out to the point that putting them back into top condition would cost more than the guitar would ever be worth.

    At that point the best parts get used on something else and I say goodbye to the rest.

    If the guitar is worth fixing, then I definitely will.
     
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    nah, when they get too bad i call them reliced and double the price
     
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    Yeah that guitar has been through a lot. My friend and band mate that accompanied most of what I played on that guitar died this year. We lost touch 30 years ago, but I still think of him when I see this guitar.
     
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    In a trade, I got a sunburst 62-64 Gibson Melody Maker that was the most used-up guitar I've ever seen. Every square inch of everything was chipped, worn, worn out, used up, beat up, flaked, bent, discolored, etc. There were holes worn through the pickup covers. The fret board had deep ruts like a dirt road. Frets? It might as well have been fretless.

    Those weren't its only characteristics. Its tone was complete crap.

    I don't remember the deal, other than no cash was involved and I ended up with 2 Melody Makers. I don't remember where they went, only that I no longer have them and don't want any more of those things.
     
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