That first ding

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Axegrinder77, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Axegrinder77

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    It hurts.. either wife or toddler. I suspect the former, but she blames the latter.

    It was in the case, which i hastily left downstairs.

    Maybe the silver lining is that now I won't worry about dings?!

    Anyways, rather than sympathy, she called me a jerk for accusing her. (As if a guitar damaging ghost exists). Similar thing happened to my d28 years ago, before the scapegoat toddler was born. This opened old wounds.

    Thanks for reading this kinda pointless post.

    Axe.
     

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    It’s officially worth more money now as a relic! Lol sorry about that the first is always the hardest!
    Enjoy it anyways and now don’t be afraid to play the snot out of it
     
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    Don't sweat dings. My technique is to leave a guitar on a stand near a drummer and before you know it, that first ding is over with.

    Frank Ford, luthier extraordinaire and proprietor of frets.com, once said that the first thing you should do after acquiring a new guitar is to lay it on the floor, stand over it and drop your keys on it. There, your first ding is over and you can get to the business of playing the snot out of the instrument.

    Most of my guitars have dings and scratches. The ones that don't are ones I don't use for gigs or play enough.
     
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    Good points fellas.

    I suppose it's a little different though when someone else does it! It's weird, but if it was my 3 year old, then I'm cool with it. If it was my wife, then it upsets me. Perhaps a psychologist is what I really need!

    Time to shred!
     
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    I had a friend in college that left his acoustic laying around and we'd play it if we were in his dorm. It would just be sitting in a chair. Anyway it got a crack in it and he blamed a few of us. Really hurt our friendship for awhile because he knew he didn't do it, and I knew I didn't either. I didn't know much about acoustic guitars at the time (still don't) but years later I looked it up and found it's a common crack from humidity change. I think he still blames me though.

    Long story short, is it worth trying to find someone to blame?
     
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    won't be the last. don't blame anyone but yourself for your hastiness.

    play music!
     
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    Definitely more to this story if it was in the case. Unless you have the worst case in the world I don't buy it.

    I feel for you though. I scratched the pickup cover on my new guitar in the last week adjusting the pickup. Plastic cover, I used a screwdriver a little too big. Realized the mistake right away. You can't see it but you can feel it, and I know it's there. Oh well.
     
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    That's why I'm skeptical it was my boy. Good fender American Strat case. But, he is an inquisitive little dude.

    As someone mentioned before, no point in assigning blame. It was devastating to see, but after a few hours I've moved on. Battle scar!

    She still plays nice :). And she's still my number 1. (Guitar... The wife, we'll see lol)
     
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    No dings yet on my latest, but I did manage a scratch.

    And I think the Bigsby I put on is going to make a spot on the finish.

    I try not to worry about these things. I don't want the worry of running a museum.
     
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    Axe, the angle and lighting in the photo make it difficult to see the extent of the damage; however, it LOOKS like more than a tap against another hard surface. :eek:

    Gosh, that's damage, dude!
     
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    Hey, hey, hey....! We're trying to make him feel better here, not drive him over the cliff.

    Try saying something lime, "Ahhhh, that'll buff right out!"
    :D
     
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    Body dings: No problem.
    I've bashed all mine into mic stands. It's inevitable and a part of playing.
     
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    I had a friend who practiced the same process with his new cars. After he got the new car home from the dealer he'd take his keys and wander around to the back of the car to find a nice innocuous spot on a back quarter panel and he'd scrape some paint away. There, done and done and he could get on with life. ;)
     
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    I understand your pain. That's why I've bought most of my guitars used. They're pre-dinged, so I can just start enjoying them right away.
     
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    i knew a mason that would grab the nearest blunt object and wack the rear fender of his new truck.
     
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    Dings history, every ding is worth + 50 Usd because Leo Fender introduced Fender Telecaster in 50s

    Be happy your neck didnt break or that its not Ibanez

    Or

    B.C Rich
     
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    I would say he probably took it out...
    But, three years old I don’t know.
    If your wife plays guitar just a little then it was her. Lol
     
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    Looks like she wifed it.
     
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    Uhhh... that'll buff right out, Axe! :rolleyes:
     
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    That is one reason I actually kind of prefer buying used guitars, with some honest wear.
     
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