Do You Baby Your Strat?

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  1. stratnutz

    stratnutz Senior Stratmaster

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    Just a good cleaning at string change, and try not to ding it.
     
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  2. Opj77

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    Does your shampoo have silicone in it?
     
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  3. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-O-Master

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    Don’t drop the soap.
     
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  4. BlurgyWurgyWibble

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    Everyone showers with yours though ..
     
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  5. Antmax

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    Nah, I pampered my MIM with some of the best stuff. Callaham Bridge, upgraded electronics, pickups and staggered vintage tuners. But its a players guitar and sits on a stand on a pedestal in the corner of the livingroom within easy reach should I want to play it.

    If I pampered it, another guitar would take it's place and I'd be too lazy to dig it out of a case in another room. It does get a vacuum when I sweep up my desk and the filters on my computer case. I play it enough that dust doesn't really settle on it that much and I'm fortunate to not have corrosive or particularly sweaty hands. So my guitars stay relatively clean.
     
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  6. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Mine has lived on a stand its whole live. I put it in a case if I take it somewhere though I had it maybe 3 or months when a pedal I wasn't using fell off an amp and gouged the upper horn. I felt bad for a week or so, couldn't find the paint to touch it up with but that finish is so thick it hasn't cracked and spread like I thought it would. Now it's an identifying feature
     
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  7. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    My family consists of 9 Strats, mostly AVRI. And while I keep them all clean, they do get played, but never abused.
     
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  8. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Strat-O-Master

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    I don't baby it. I view it as a tool, and good tools get used. I don't abuse it either.

    It's a strat. Leo came up with an incredibly durable design. There are 60+ yr old strats out there that still play and sound great.
     
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  9. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    No, but I don't set it on fire!
     
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  10. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    I pretty much pamper all my guitars. Wipe them down after playing, put them in a case or on a decent stand. Even the cheapo ones get taken care of. I'm not neurotic about it, just careful. There's no reason to bash a guitar around. My one relic, a road worn Tele, doesn't get much pampering. I like that it's already got dings and has a dull finish. There's not much to mess up.
     
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  11. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This.

    I don't "baby" my guitars. I pound the crap out of them when playing.
    Surprisingly, I generally find myself pounding my Gib$on$ harder than the Fenders.
    I don't wipe them down completely after playing... just the neck.
    But they "live" in their cases and aren't thrown around carelessly.

    They are tools, not pieces of fine art. The deserve to be cared for and treated with respect.
     
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    Gridlock Strat-O-Master

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    Strat’s, yes and also my Telecaster and Les Paul’s.
     
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    I take very good care of both my guitars wash hands before I play, practice, I clean strings after I finish, and once a week I do a string treatment, and I also Polish them once a week
    :thumb:
     
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  15. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    I treat my guitars like the valuable musical instruments that they are,
    but I don’t exactly baby them.
     
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  16. rlongnt

    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    Yes, I baby them. I'm married with children and can't replace them...
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't baby them but I definitely treat all my guitars with what I consider healthy respect.
     
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  18. Blackmore Fan

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    Even though my Strats have poly finishes, I try to be cognizant of wiping them down if I sweat on them (like playing them after a morning run). And I put them in a case for travel. But I don't obsess over wiping down the strings. They both rest on stands for easy access--I can usually only play for a few minutes at a time.
     
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  19. Opj77

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    Does sweat have any effect on poly?
     
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  20. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    Not at all. Strats are tough as nails.