Thoughts about gold hardware?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Dewey, May 13, 2020.

Gold hardware?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. eddyfender

    eddyfender New Member!

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    Did a custom build years back, solid body black walnut, with black walnut neck. The dot inlays are solid gold , so the obvious choice was gold hardware.
    Originally had a gold mirror pickquard, but that was TOO much gold, the second choice of pickguard worked out much better.
    BTW, this guitar is foe sale if anyone's interested. The best of everything went into this build. IMG_0133[1].JPG IMG_0139[1].JPG IMG_0136[1].JPG IMG_0138[1].JPG IMG_0138[1].JPG
     
  2. Kyri

    Kyri Senior Stratmaster

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    That is a beautiful guitar. I like the birdseye skunk stripe.
    I know what you mean about the pickguard, my schecter strat had a bright new one until I found one the same age as the guitar, (40 years) and the wear on it made it work better, although some prefer the bright new look.
     
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  3. Deafsoundguy

    Deafsoundguy Strat-Talker

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    @eddyfender, awesome Strat! for some reason I love it!!!
     

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  4. Chief_Nobody

    Chief_Nobody New Member!

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  5. Fairlane 63

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    Honest wear from years of playing. One of my favorites of all the guitars I have had over the years.
    Admit at first it bothered me how the gold faded but it tells a story too.
    For the right guitar gold appointments would not be a deal breaker at all.
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  6. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't mind the look when it's new. But I had two guitars (LP Studio Plus Top, Deluxe Player's Strat) with gold. It seemed to wear right off.
     
  7. Sparque

    Sparque Strat-Talker

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    I'm not a fan.

    I had a 1996 Gibson Les Paul that I bought brand new. It was ebony black with all gold hardware.
    Seemed like the thing to do at the time.

    A few years later, I really regretted it.
    The wear, the fading, the dullness of it.
    *blech*

    Never again.

    :(
     
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  8. apm1991

    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

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    imo gold hardware on an all black guitar looks so nice!
     
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  9. cspencer

    cspencer Strat-Talker

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    I just love gold hardware!
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  10. voxshall

    voxshall Strat-Talk Member

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    I like gold on Mary Kaye, Black and LPB strats.

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    aleamparo Strat-Talk Member

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  12. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Strat-Talker

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    Gold Hardware on Guitar is like a new Girlfriend (of Wife). Shiny, sparkly, pretty, distracts from some other blemishes, very sexy ...... and then the years go by ..... sweaty touches, the salts and acids emitted from your body, humidity, the rubbing, the wear ..... and before you know it ..... the Gold is gone. And then the shiny, sparkly, pretty, and the distraction from some other blemishes diminishes and you notice those glaring BLEMISHES. Time for a new Guitar.

    Of course some of those gold-plated guitars play so well, sound so great, you just don't care or notice so much that the gold is worn and mostly gone away.

    But next time get a hard Nickle (not chrome, especially from China) plated guitar instead!

    First year, 1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom, PAFs, Side Tremolo .... and a lot of the Gold (real gold) is gone or tarnished, but it still delivers like an 18 year old.

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  13. Dewey

    Dewey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lankytwang Strat-Talker

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    Nice when new.....orrible! When worn!!. ...its not for me..but each to their own.
     
  15. Philo426

    Philo426 Senior Stratmaster

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    This one has some!wonder how well it will hold up? 20200511_101802.jpg
     
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  16. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My hands are devastating to gold hardware but I'm fine with what is on my LPC.
     
  17. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nice on a Mary Kaye, but not so much on most strats. Had a natural ash super stray that it was good on too.
     
  18. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm really off 'flashy' guitars these days. Gold plated hardware included.

    I recently sold my (previously) beloved CS strat because the birds eye maple neck looked like it belonged to a country and western star. Too much bling, would have looked fine in a gypsy's caravan. Same goes for gold hardware.

    I'm very much into the understated look these days.
     
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  19. Dewey

    Dewey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bling for me. Flashy rules. :)
     
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  20. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Deeply SHY. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hi, @Dewey -Buddy

    That new Strat is really pretty !

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    I am saving for a nicer/and tube amp at present.
     
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