True. For me, guitars are meant to be played, so I won't kid glove it if I own it.
At the same time, I feel nervous around expensive instruments that I don't own. But I'm much more comfortable handling a vintage guitar than a pristine boutique guitar. I imagine I'd feel the same about an expensive relic.
If I had a $12K relic it would only be because someone gave it to me and I would treat it with respect just as I do with all of my guitars. I treat my guitars as though I actually like them. I don't treat them as though they are distasteful to me, not deserving of any respect and that the occasional flogging is just what they had coming to them. I don't just accidentally let them fall or swing like a pendulum either. There are no accidents because I like them so I don't leave room for accidents. I don't set them down in precarious places. I don't attempt backflips on stage. I'm not a world famous rockstar so I don't play stages where there is room to run around and crash into shit.
Several months ago I sold a 1998 MIA Strat that I purchased brand new in January or February of 1999. It was my main gigging axe for the first 14 years of it's life until another guitar became my Number One. The guy who bought it was blown away by the fact there was not a scratch or chip or dent on it anywhere. He could see by the fret wear that I wasn't joking about it having seen a lot of heavy use. I could tell by his questions and comments that he very likely was a relative newbie to the guitar world even though he looked to be in his 40s. I enjoyed watching the look on his face while he was mentally trying to reconcile the obviously well used 22 year old guitar in excellent condition he was holding in his hands with his preconceived idea that chips and dents and scratches were just facts of life and inescapable as normal wear and tear.
No,... all my guitars must earn their battle scars the same as I do.
However, for those who don't want to wait for the natural occurring dings, scratches and wear why pay more for a Gibson relic guitar,... just grab your sander, hammer, chisel, scraper, etc., and get at it,... for free!, 🚬,🔨,⛏,⚙,🔪,🗡,🔑,🔗,✂,🖋,🗜,⚓,🏒,⛸,🥊,🥄,🍴,☕,🍺,🌧,🐕,🦷,👣,🥾,👠,🦘,🦍,❄,🌤🔍,🍕,🍩,🗝
I love the look of a really old guitar and I can see the value of making a guitar feel or sound like it has some miles on it, but it's not necessary to simulate antiquity to achieve that and for me it just seems fake.
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