How do you cope with stress when you scratch/ding new guitar?

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  1. Saberslash12345

    Saberslash12345 New Member!

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    Hey guys, I recently got myself American Pro 2 Dark Night Stratocaster, my first Strat ever. To be honest, it is only Strat I played more then 2 hours in my life..(trying in shop) and I fell in love immediately, so much comfort, nice neck, all cool. 5 days later, I got 2 dings in my instrument, I take really good care of my guitars but when I got new one she is like magnet for dings.. I got this what is on the pictures, I know it is 'nothing' and I won't try to fix it since makes no sense, but I wonder how you guys feel when you scratch/ ding new guitar. Thanks

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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    just get used to it. that thing will get many more scratches and dings.
    it's called mojo.
    play it.
     
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  3. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    I would look at it as playing wear and think at a certain point all guitars get some marks if used ?
     
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  4. 33db

    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    It's a relief for me, then I don't stress about other dings and scratches.

    I get it really bugs most people, but how many guitars make it through their life without scratches and dings?
     
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  5. Saberslash12345

    Saberslash12345 New Member!

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    I don't like this scratch behind nut, but hey, I think it makes it unique, and even though rosewood is now exposed there, I think it won't spread or something? :)
     
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    Cali Dude Strat-O-Master

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    It is frustrating. However, if it still feels great, plays great, and sounds great, then enjoy the ride. Some sell them for more, and call them relic jobs.
     
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  7. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    I did so on both of my flawless new Martins within a few days. I whimpered a little, then got over it. They still get pampered.

    The StratoMutt? That Warmoth poly finish is tough. A couple of small dings that all but impossible to see thus far. Nice not having to be super careful.
     
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  8. Groovey

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    got the first two out of the way, be happy, now you can just enjoy playing it like its supposed to be played, strats look better a little beat up anyway

    Glad you found a nice player!
     
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    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    A little bit of your fretboard oil of choice will make it look better.

    Enjoy the new guitar!
     
  11. jbylake

    jbylake Regular Dude Silver Member

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    Time to decide, do you want to have your cake and eat it too...? Well that doesn't work in the guitar world. You can have a case queen, or you can play the hell out of your guitar, but not both. So when you put it away next time decide right then to case it and pull it out to impress your friends, or (I'm not saying abuse) wail away. I really think it's just that simple.:D
     
  12. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Any scratches or blemishes on a new guitar sends me into depression for weeks. I've found that the only remedy is to go out and buy another new guitar (lol)! As the others said, a nick/scratch/ding is inevitable...usually only you will even notice it, and on such a beautiful guitar that you have here, I'd just consider those dings as a "brand" that makes the guitar yours!!
     
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    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Years ago it really bothered me. Now, I’m not thrilled when I ding a guitar but I accept it. I have also become pretty good at drop filling dings that are where I can feel them. I hate dings I can feel on the neck, I fix those immediately.
     
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    For me, I hyper focus on them for a few days, and then after that i barely notice.
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    Depends on how bad it is and who cause it but this is typical: I usually start off with some swearing. Then I move into being a jerk to my loved ones who dare ask "what happened?" to which I get the silent treatment in return. Then I move quickly into feeling really bad followed by the apology phase which may or may not include buying flowers or ice cream depending on who it was. :oops:
     
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    HUH! OH NO NO NO NO! There mustn't be any marks on a guitar at all.
    You must now...
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    Then sacrifice it to tbe gods of Rock 'n Roll
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    Don't even know where most dings in my gear came from. Oh yeah, bar gigs. Oh well and move on. But as Radd stated, can't stand a ding on the back of the neck.
     
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    My most expensive guitar is the one that I worry about the least. It’s my Brian May replica. Hand built and all, I got it from a boutique builder and it had one ding on the top when I got it. It was a guitar that he took to the NAMM show in 2015. Hundreds of people laid their hands on it. I don’t abuse it, but I don’t baby it either. So far no new dings.

    I do have other guitars. And they are all perfect, with the exception of a vintage Guild S300D and my classical.

    So, I don’t worry but I am very careful with them. I have a French polished, luthier built classical guitar. It has the most damage of any guitar I own. The French polish chips and dents just changing strings and playing it. I will redo the French polish on the guitar next summer.
     
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    Depends on the guitar, some would bother me more than others. But stuff happens, so I just let it go
     
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    Anger, frustration, embarrassment ensue.
    Ask myself " What did I do!??!!? "
    Sigh deeply, run the gambit of the
    7 Stages posted earlier in a few different ways,
    Sigh again.
    Accept it may happen again sooner or later, don't do what I did to cause it, run through the Pentatonics and move on.