Do You Baby Your Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Opj77, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Opj77

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    Do you wipe it down and put it in the case after every time you play it or do you throw it in the trunk without a case when you go over to your buddy’s house? Or somewhere in-between?
     
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  2. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep....I clean my Strat after every play....I treat it with love.
     
  3. Jerseystratfiend

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    In between
     
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  4. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Nothing good ever happens if you baby objects(or humans for that matter)....you ll never get the most out of them.
     
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  5. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Strat-Talker

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    Yes, I do baby my Strat'

    Some guitarists like to relic their Strat's in a short space of time.

    Buy one off the shelf for lots more dead presidents!
     
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  6. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm 'responsible' with it. I don't baby it, nor toss it around.
     
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    The day I bought my Strat I dropped it in it's gig bag fro about 4 feet onto tiled flooring.
    My heart sank and I opened it expecting it to have snapped the head stock.
    But no, no damage occurred to this guitar that I love as one of my favourite.
     
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    I never want to destroy an instrument, but there is something wonderful about a guitar that you have zero worries about scratches and dings and bullet holes or whatever your lifestyle requires. I leave mine laying all over the house. The only thing I fear is our new cat trying it out as a scratching post.
     
  10. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    +-1 on this.. I'm not particularly careful but don't toss them in piles or anything like that.
     
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  11. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I dont abuse it.
     
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    I don't carelessly throw it around, but I also dont flip out if I find a new scratch.
     
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    Like most I take care of all of my gear but I'm a player and have been my whole life so they get used. Just not used up.
     
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    If I was a father to all my Strats I must have been on Viagra for the last 50 years :)
     
  16. BlurgyWurgyWibble

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    I can't stand dinged poly. So I take care not to bash it up. Apart from that, it never gets cleaned and I change the strings probably once a year (D'Addario just last forever and I actually prefer the sound of worn out strings on a strat).

    I'm going to refret it again soon and I think I'll sand down the board (its maple) and blast it with a couple of light coats of nitro so it will wear nicely like Blackie over the next couple of years. I can't stand relic'd wear on boards, it looks RIDICULOUS and I figure this is a nice way to get it naturally..
     
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    I’m careful with it and treat it with respect, after all it’s a musical instrument. But I also know it will get dinged and scratched naturally.
     
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    Michael919 Senior Stratmaster

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    Full wipe downs only happen on string changes.

    After every play, I wrap a micro-fiber cloth around the neck and strings and give it a few full-length....strokes (ya, I know what you want to say).

    Strings last longer and the back of the neck always feel good as soon as I pick it up
     
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  19. Groovey

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    I never used to "baby" my guitars until I started to refinish/finish the bodies. I have found it to be a very involved, tedious process. Sand, Fill, P.aint, wait, repeat. Again, and again, and again. And this is just a start. There is a reason they charge 300$ + for a good finish. Sooooo, yes. Perhaps I do baby my guitar a bit more than I used too.

    There is a particular seafoam green affinity Tele that I have been hating. And have sworn never to give it a case. But now it has @Bodean coil tapped single coils and some to come major upgrades, it is quickly approaching protected status.
     
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  20. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    I shower with mine.
     
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