Do any of you guys prefer a not new bright and shiny Strat?

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  1. edsdds

    edsdds Strat-Talker

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    So I have a very nice strat with an American Special body and Vintage Player neck. Body and neck are perfect and I am probably going to take it apart and get something older and beat up. I already ordered a used MIM body and probably going to look for a neck.

    Anyway I don't like to play having to be "extra" careful taking care of the guitar. I just want to play it and if it gets a scratch, nick, or ding not even worry. If my kids grab it or the dog knocks it over who cares. But I can't get that feeling when the guitar is pristine.

    And I am not talking about roadworn or relic because of looks.

    Am I nuts?
     
  2. rolandson

    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes. You are nuts.

    Do this. Take the pickguard off and scratch it inside the control cavity. It's now a damaged guitar and you can stop worrying and just play it.
    Problem solved.

    Seriously, did you buy a museum piece or a guitar to play? You can lock the thing away for 20 years and the moment you open the case to look at it something could fall out of your pocket and scratch your museum piece and ...
    there goes 20 years.

    Just play your guitar and take care of it as best you can while enjoying it. Any injury it receives in the process is a badge, honorably earned and should be worn proudly.
     
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    ryunker Senior Stratmaster

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    I can say all of mine are bright and shiny. I do use them about every day, I do not purposely nock them over or anything. I found that they hold up very well weather nitro and poly that is in my personal experience. I play at home and take them out for lessons weekly.

    I would not worry, I would just use them. Remember they are nearly tools. Not museum pieces.
     
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  4. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You can just not care right now...it's easy.

    Keep it in good working adjustment and let them dents fall where they may.
     
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  5. edsdds

    edsdds Strat-Talker

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    Yeah I guess you are right. I don't want to buy a relic or roadworn but I wonder if that is how that is justified so often for the extra money. Thanks for the input I will see what I end up doing. Either way I am going to have extra parts since I don't need 3 Strats.
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nah, he's really not. I mean, he may very well be insane in other areas but wanting to keep a shiny new toy nice and shiny don't make you looney.:whistling:

    @edsdds , I'm the same way.
    Always played my partscasters at gigs, kept any new guitar at home. It's just a certain personality trait, it's not bad or crazy. I'm sure many people have it in different scenarios.

    If I had more $cratch for CS Strat or a high $ Les Paul, I'd personally never gig with 'em.
    Nothing wrong with playing and enjoying them at home where they can stay mint.
     
  7. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Intruder alert! Intruder alert! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    American Special body is pretty bulletproof . . .
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But worrying about it will.

    Spouse got a brand new car for Valentines Day a few years ago. She didn't want to take it to work because some putz would ding it. And she wouldn't put a ding in it herself to get it over with. So she took mine to work.

    The confession:
    "Honest my sweet, they throw rocks at snow storms here and there are rocks on the road...you had my car and I had to go to the market. It's only a small paint chip, you can't hardly see it."

    She drove her own car to work the next day. Wouldn't speak to me for a week. Lord did I get a lot of stuff done that week but I am never giving her another car.
     
  9. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Great story @rolandson

    You're a good man to buy your wife a new car for her bday.
    I agree with your original post, it's a valid point.
    The thing is certain people are bothered by dinging up new guitars- I'm one of them.
    I pretty much only use partscasters or used guitars.
     
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    The Guy Senior Stratmaster

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    ...hmm...I think you might be in fact crazy ;)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm perfectly happy with my shiny new 10, 20 and 35 year old guitars, the older two were gigged for many years and survived that. I have of course got rid of all the kids and pets a long time past, but the guitars all survived the first wave. The only clumsy old sod likely to ding them now is me, unless we're counting all those grandkids... o_O
     
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    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Never heard it put that way, but it literally made me LOL. My puppy was sleeping at my feet, and looked back at me like I was crazy... :)

    And since every strat I own was bought used I don't worry about the random ding. I don't buy used gear that has a ton of abuse but they're tools to be used.

    Ships are safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are built for.
     
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    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    My guitars have dings and Scratch's. In fact the one I play the most already came with two chips to the upper body. Since then the rest of the body, regardless of a few clean ups etc, is starting to look like an ice rink.
    Seriously who cares, it plays great it also was an expensive guitar, but at the same time I bought it to play it, there is no point of ownership if you don't use it.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    yes, but that doesn't matter if it's pink. :rolleyes:
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sounds like it's time for...
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    Mr. Zamboni
     
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    Musekatcher Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't like beat up equipment, especially fake beat up equipment, but I don't like brand new stuff either. I prefer a well kept look with obvious use.
     
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    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's exactly how I feel, I like my stuff and look after it, but refuse to baby it. Also if something isn't getting used, it gets sold.
     
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    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    One hell of a buffer!!
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think you're right, that's the best way. Relics are overdone but you wouldn't want something that looks brand new
     
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    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    The only point when "the dog knocks it over" is that those types of knocks are not normal playing wear.
    You might get a ding in the wrong place like on the fretboard or back of the neck where it will not feel 'pristine'.
    A hit on a pickup can strip the delicate 'thread' on the pickup fibre base. (seen it ...)
    Visual wear is one thing, damage is another altogether and care must be taken to avoid the latter.
     
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