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have you ever actually worn out a guitar?

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

  1. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Glen Hansard's Takamine is pretty rough:

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  2. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    The best sounding guitar I ever owned was a 63 Melody Maker with a Badass bridge and a 70s T-top. My god that little thing sang. Unfortunately the neck was about as substantial as a drumstick and it needed a thorough retuning after every two minutes of play. Not my best purchase but I was helpless in love after one strum in the shop.
     
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  3. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have an old Tele Copy that is stored away. I used it for years in a Punk Rock band.
    I wouldn't describe it as worn out, but abused.

    It's been thrown and smashed. It's been rebuilt over and over. It has had all types of stuff applied to it. It was Steam Punk before Steam Punk became a thing. I added a Ronnie Hawkins Volume Swell Contraption to it. ;)

    The last time I pulled it out of storage to look at it, my buddy tried to get it from me. I told him no way. :cool:

    He kept looking at it. o_O Finally he asked:"Is that a 22 Bullet hole in it ?" :eek:
    Yeaaaaah ... :lol:

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  4. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I wore out an Epi Les Paul Special II. The frets were worn and buzzy, the tuners were shot (but were crap to begin with) and the pup switch was practically switching on it's own. The pickups were pure mud, but I was just starting to realize it at the time. It was too cheap to even think about a refret and besides I had moved on from that sound at the time (coming back to it later though). It was still a beautiful sounding and looking guitar and I suppose if I had internet back then and more hands on guitar experience at the time, I would have made a go at bringing it back up to snuff. I got a pretty good deal on it trading it in on a keyboard for Mrs. Obsessed.
     
  5. Chick-N-Picker

    Chick-N-Picker Friend of Leo's

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    Here's my first guitar. I still have it. Does this count as worn out?

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  6. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I have way to many guitars and I play them all,so I don't think I will ever wear any of them out.
     
  7. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    SRV’s #1 argues against being able to wear out a guitar, no matter how badly you treat it...

    ...short of going all Pete Townsend, of course.
     
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  8. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    Played my classical until the bridge popped off, not worn out just busted.

    Wanged my floyd rose till the knife edges went dull and wouldn't stay in tune, but it could be fixed.

    Had a hondo strat that I swapped the pick ups, followed by electronics then the bridge and tuners, then the neck, next the the ply wood body had to go before problem seemed solved.
    All the old pieces together might qualify as worn out or at least crappy.

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    I guess I've only worn out strings....


    :rolleyes::D;)
     
  9. brookdalebill

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    Hey, that looks brand new, like you hardly touched it!
     
  10. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    A good friend has an old Kramer bass with an aluminum neck that he bought used about 35 years ago. He has played the heck out of the thing and the frets are worn out. He is afraid to mess with the neck just because the bass is so cool.
    Last year he retired it and bought a jazz bass.
     
  11. Cheap Trills

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    I would like to see pictures of some of the guitars you all are talking about
     
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  12. asatfan

    asatfan Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Me too! I've been playing one of my Asats since 1989 and other than replacing the input jack, I've done nothing to it (except adding the Pull String, years ago). There's definitely some serious fret wear, the nut probably needs to be replaced, there's normal scuffs and scratches, but it's in plenty good shape to go. I don't play 300 gigs a year, but I play it almost every day and gig with it about 4 or 5 times a month. I'm pretty sure it will still be playable when I'm checking out.
     
  13. SixStringSlinger

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    Ax of Theseus?
     
  14. johnny k

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    Willie Nelson's guitar Trigger. Hank 3 's guitar has a few dents in it too.
     
  15. WetBandit

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    Yes, pretty much.
     
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    two holes means, it produces stereo sound now..
     
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  17. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    My 98 MIM Strat was played so much that I started having divots in the fretboard and it has been refretted twice and I was worried that the grooves were getting sloppy. So I bought a new MIM Fender neck for it. ($200) (actually I tried some after market necks first but didnt like them that well)
     
  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yes .My bought new 1964 Harmony Sovereign flat top is completely worn out .It has deep tractor ruts and worn out frets at the cowboy end .Its sides were kicked in but repaired and the truss rod slowly comes out of the headstock when I try to play it.I have to wack it back down .Its almost playable ...almost .I have a NOS fret board for it but never plucked up courage to replace it and reset the neck .its sounds wonderful as the Sov was the only Harmony to have all solid wood as opposed to laminates.
     
  19. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Your getting a bit picky about a few wear marks l aint yer ?
     
  20. Dan Spiffy Neuman

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    My MIM Strat was about done for when it got stolen. I'd had it since 5th grade and had loaned it out to a cousin who abused it for years. Then I used it on the road and on tour.

    Huge gouges in the body.
    Truss rod was beyond adjustment
    Frets had already been redone once.
     
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