Aged Hardware vs Pristine Hardware... Which looks better?

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  1. Wyatt Earp

    Wyatt Earp Member

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    The aged hardware is the stock hardware. The pristine hardware is replacement Gibson, plus Schaller tuners and a ABRH bridge. I can't decide which looks better... What say you? I was thinking about going with the aged hardware, and trashing the pickup covers.

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  2. Apache Crumb

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    I don't care for gold hardware so I'd say the aged looks better. Nice guitar.
     
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  3. stilwel

    stilwel Senior Member

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    I almost always prefer aged hardware.
     
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  4. jktxs

    jktxs Senior Member

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    I love the look of new hardware on mirror sheen gloss customs.
     
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  5. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    ^ +1.
    And conversely with a more worn finish the older looks better.
     
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  6. 2manyGuitars

    2manyGuitars Senior Member

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    Aged with Bigsby. Fo’ sho’
     
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  7. Daniel.S

    Daniel.S Senior Member

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    Just leave it stock. Looks really nice that way.
     
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  8. Roxy13

    Roxy13 Senior Member

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    In general I prefer aged but if the rest of the guitar looks too new then it doesn't look right.
     
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  9. Breezin

    Breezin Senior Member

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    I prefer pristine hardware. I like aged when its the real deal , don't care for fake aging.
     
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  10. Daniel.S

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    This. If it has aged with the guitar it’s fine.
     
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  11. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell

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    I'll vote pristine, wear it in by playing. That way the hardware will match the finish.
     
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    filtersweep Senior Member

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    It ages fast enough on its own.
     
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    +1 for pristine.
     
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  14. frozenotter

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    That aged chrome looks fantastic. Personally I hate tuxedos, but I love a worn out black leather jacket.
     
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    redcoats1976 Senior Member

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    this.
     
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  16. Midnight Blues

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    Both look good except I'd take the gold pup covers off.
     
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    bossaddict @david.beason on IG Premium Member

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    Definitely aged.
     
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  18. Wyatt Earp

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    The guitar is a 1996, but the finish is like new, and never polished out. The original owner bought it from SA in '96, but ended up enlisting in the US Army, so it sat at his parents has for years. I artificially aged the hardware, which came out good, but I think I may have over did it a bit, I don't know? The stock 496T/R pups were questionable, so I replaced the magnets with un-oriented alnico V magnets... What an improvement! I've never been a fan of pickup covers on humbucker pickups, so they may go regardless. Except for the tuners and bridge, the replacement hardware is the same Schaller/Gibson hardware that was used in 1996. I have the TOM bridge stashed.
     
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    I agree with Breezin
     
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  20. Wyatt Earp

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    So, are you saying I should use the "aged" hardware with a pristine Bigsby, or age the Bigsby?
     

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