When I played out, I used the my best guitar I owned at the time. I was playing in country/rock band playing clubs and doing a lot of opening acts for touring bands. I was playing my Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic, which was one of 7-8 guitars I owned at the time. I wanted to use my best playing and sounding guitar I owned. I was ALWAYS very careful with my guitars and always knew where they were at all times. After every show, I'd put the guitar in it's case as soon as we finished our last song. I then put in the trunk of my car, which had a car alarm. I haven't gigged since '09,but if I did ever start up a band and started gigging, I would definitely take my good guitars to the gigs. I now own about 50+ guitars and wouldn't hesitate to use any of them If I ever played out again.