Do You Baby Your Strat?

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  1. WelhavenT

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    Yes and no. I keep’em in their cases when not used. Wipe off sweat once in a while and apply fast fret on older strings.
     
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  2. Chuck8436

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    Strats have always been beaters to me. I baby my Goldtop but thats it. My SG is a beater too. I do, however, take care of all of their fretboards and electronics
     
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  3. Opj77

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    Chuck, expound on what you consider a “beater.”
     
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  4. Opj77

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    I think of guitars kinda like muscle cars. I’ve always wanted an old muscle car that looks taken care of, but like it gets driven every day. I think those look much cooler than cars that look like they come out of the garage once a year and look obscenely shiny and perfect. I still admire both.
     
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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I wipe my strings and fretboard before I put them away. Always have done since I started playing. I never polish them, they don't need it. If they get dinged, I repair them as soon and invisibly as I can. The only one I didn't do that with has been refinished, I learned my lesson with that one, damaged poly does not behave well over the years.
     
  6. jdanelam

    jdanelam Strat-Talk Member

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    I usually wipe mine down about once a year when I clean and oil fretboards. Other than that I use a paintbrush to dust around the hard to clean areas when I change strings which is about every 6 weeks. Mine hang on the wall in our music room so I can grab one and play a little without having to dig it out of a case in a closet. On average I play 4-5 hours a week.
     
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  7. Believer7713

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    I'm an in between guy. I can't remember the last time I cleaned a guitar that I had just played. I carry them in cases, not gig bags, though. I never oil the fretboard but rather let my hands do that for me when I play. I don't relic them but will not lose any hydration over a ding here and there either. I learned to wear my scars with pride so should my guitars...granted I don't Townshend them either.
     
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  8. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't baby them. Neither do I abuse them, with the exception of strings, sometimes.

    The players go from stand to hand to stand. Sentiment/mint spares stay in a case. Occasionals, alternate tunings, acoustics in a rack/hand/rack. All get wiped down as needed.

    Everything not in a case is kept in a room with probably 50-60% humidity, (a guess) and an average 75 degrees, plus or minus 3.

    Don't really take them out as I'm confined to the house for the foreseeable future, but I'd use a hardshell case if I did.
     
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  9. Neophyte16

    Neophyte16 Strat-Talker

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    nah, I let mine run around the house. Do what she likes.
     
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  10. Hydr0

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    somewhere in between for me, i always wash my hands before i play, but only wipe it down during a string change. When im done playing it sits on a stand that doesn't even have a neck rest :eek: But i am consciously careful with it while i'm using it. Although i did find a small dent on the front of it the other day...very minor and it didn't chip the nitro, but it's there...still waiting for that first chip to get out of the way, it will almost be a relief to me once it happens :)
     
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  11. Rudedawg

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    I wouldn't say baby them but am careful and do maintain them; however the mishap of a scratch or ding is bound to happen eventually unless it's never played.
    I've said some ugly words in the past when a mishap occurred and once literally took one out of the hands of a friend due to his careless handling of it, but I'm much better now kinda.
     
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    ^^^this^^^...but only one and a half strokes...no point in getting too wrapped up in it ;).

    And I hang mine...I feather dust them about once a month or three.
     
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  13. misterwogan

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    I wipe it down with a cloth after use. If it's been on the stand, I use a fine, soft, brush to remove the dust from the places that the cloth doesn't reach (tuners, pickups, bridge).
     
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  14. 3bolt79

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    It depends on the guitar. Some I baby, and keep them cased, and some I don’t. I wipe them all down after playing. But that is about it.
     
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  15. rich724

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    I don't wipe it down unless I was sweating like a beast all over it. I leave it on the stand if I'm going to be practicing on it. Put it in the case for transport or storage. Change s
    Strings as needed.
     
  16. JamieHenry

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    I've got a kind of Jeckle and Hyde dichotomy going on. I beat on them pretty hard when I'm playing, but respect the hell out of them when I'm not. I know my guitars will be here long after I'm gone, and I try to be a good steward. Protection of the instrument is paramount. I always pad my belt buckle, and dings and scratches are simply not allowed. Mostly. But things are different when I play. Maybe it's because I learned to play electrics without an amp, but I pick really hard. And I eschew the use of a whammy, so I find myself pushing and pulling on the neck to get a tremolo effect. Then there's the forearm smash that makes 'em go ba-WHANG after a downstroke that I like so much. But other than a little neck wear, not too bad because I don't play any one guitar all the time, and some visible wear on my pickguards, which is what they're there for, my guitars hold up pretty well.
     
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  17. kdines

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    Let’s see: I keep mine on a hanging stand (or in a stand up case), always wash my hands before playing and don’t wear anything with buttons when playing. I wipe the neck and body down whenever I think about it - every few weeks?
     
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  18. Jmart1212

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    In between I guess. My better guitars I keep in their cases. I do have a couple cheapos out, but don't abuse those either. What I have noticed is that I can be a little obsessive of whatever guitar Ive just purchased.
     
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  19. jtoomuch

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    I take very good care.
     
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  20. Dougeryb

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    This thread actually begs the question:

    Is babying a relic'd guitar considered counterproductive? Wouldnt you want as much use and abuse presented on your guitar as humanly possible?
     
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