What's your most "Road Worn" (beat up) piece of gear?

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  1. Electric Warrior

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    This is a 1980 Tokai Reborn Old 120 with massive buckle rash. The entire underside of the neck has years of grime ground through the finish and into the wood. Dings and dents everywhere. The fretboard was a roller coaster and the frets were down to nothing when I got it. I had it replaned and fretted. Most of the hardware is replaced. Wish I knew the backstory of this thing.
     
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    This poor bass got this way by natural causes in that humans are part of nature. Plastic resin body. Hand painted cardboard pickguard, converted to fretless by ripping them from the fretboard pulling wood chunks with them.
    And of course, tone pennies.
    It actually plays and sounds great.
    I didnt do this but I did pay $20 for it to try fretless.

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    Either my ‘65 Danelectro or the funky old case I bought for it. Not an original case, but it fits nicely, and looks the part. It took a few years for the musty “grandma’s basement” smell to dissipate from the case. The guitar is a bit more worn than these pics make it look, and the neck is lighter now because I filled a crack and re-lacquered it. It also has the original plastic knobs back on it.

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    My basic instinct is to take care of my possessions so none of my equipment, even my 1978 amp head, shows much wear.
     
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    I have a '57 or '58 Guild Aristocrat that had belonged to Bonnie Guitar when I bought it in in '67. She put some miles on it and I did too. It's been refinished three times waiting for it's second refret now and I hope to make it play again this year. The original electronics are long gone. Body routed for a P90 bridge and a humbucker in the neck. Built a center block inside and poured some plastic resin in it so it wouldn't be so neck heavy, dumb stuff like that. I have a few guitars and amps that I've had most of my life that have some wear, some more than others but most look good from across the room. One Super Reverb is pretty raggedy lookin. Sorry I don't have a photo of the Guild it's disassembled and the frets are out of it. I thought I had a B&W from '68-'69 but I can't find it. I wish I had been kinder to it but I was a kid doin what kids do.
     
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    Thanks! I've had that guitar for 47-48 years.
     
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    The picture doesn't do this justice, but it's pretty beaten up.
     
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    My old Marshall amp.

    I bought it off a coupla junkies year before last.
    They needed the cash, and I paid them fair market value.

    It looks like hell, but sounds like a blast of pure Christly rock and roll.
    It really is a beast!
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    Yup. I’ve got a 25 year old Strat and DRRI that look almost new. 99% of the wear on my equipment is from previous owners. I don’t baby my stuff, I’m just careful.

    I did buy a 4X12 Marshall cabinet really inexpensively that looks like it saw some heavy duty. Sounds great, looks awful.
     
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    My ‘73 Tele Deluxe

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    A couple of owners ago, it suffered a brown spray-can finish that’s burnt through to a previous refin in places and looks, literally, like... well... :) So the body’s more vandalised than road worn. It’s off to get resprayed this week with a small amount of repro aging just to weather in some wood dings and complement the rest of it. Then it’ll be semi-road-worn and semi-relic, not semi-road-worn and semi-finishing-test-pig. But in its current state, I guess it belongs here!
     
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    Vandalized counts too Cool axe!
     
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    LOL. He's got a couple inches on me, and I have a few pounds on him. Pretty darned close on the model year, though, and we buy our hats from the same lady (no kidding).
     
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    Well, no one said it had to be our wear and tear; if I had a picture of my Danelectro from 1985, when I first got it, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between then and now. Some of my gear looks better than when I first got it.
     
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    Well, there are these...

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    These are Auratone 5RC Road Sound Cubes. They hook together into a unit to carry.

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    When I was working on the road I monitored on these for years, starting in 1981, and sort of fell in love with their looks. A few years ago the company declared them excess and sent them to the crusher. I took them home instead.

    Bob
     
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