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

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  1. Wyatt Earp

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    I love that look, but you can see that the hardware has been artificially aged. i.e. rubbed off. Still looks cool though.
     
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    I think I prefer dulled gold over the rubbed-off look. If I do it again, I'll use the hairspray trick instead of Never-Dull. Or, let it age naturally.
     
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    ? o_O
     
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    Translation:

    If you like the gold, don't polish it or it will rub off sooner than if you don't polish it.

    Looks natural to me.
     
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    [​IMG] aged naturally
     
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    In my experience, the gold hardware will age quickly. Perhaps quicker than you want it to.
     
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    I agree. I'd like some that never age. And a finish that never yellows.


    My gold has not worn off at all, but that's because it hasn't been played enough. This is 31 years old:

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    Gold looks newer than some new stuff at GC. The binding is yellowed, but sunlight masks that pretty well. I wish it were bright-white.
     
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    This is basically what mine looked like when I got it. Still does, as long as I have the pristine gold hardware on it. Question... Would ever consider putting a Bigsby on this?
     
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    Wow looks killer fore a 31 years old guitar. did you ever play it ?
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    I bought it a year or so ago in this condition and have not worn it out enough yet.
    Consider, yes. Do it? No. I don't have enough skill or desire to play the music that uses a Bigsby. And for the times I want one, there is always my Studio (which gets way more play-time than the Custom).


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    I love that '56 Blacktop! Is that one of the '56 reissues?
     
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    What is a '56 Blacktop? (Real question)


    EDIT: I just Googled, and my Studio does have a lot in common with a 1956 Gibson Blacktop.

    It even has P90s in it now (no pics of that handy).
     
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    That's right... the '56 BT has P90's. Did that guitar come with the block top and bare back? That's awesome looking! So, it's a Studio with binding? I'm lost here.
     
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    I thought about doing this to a LP Traditional. I love the '56 reissue, but the neck is outrageously huge.
     
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    I suppose. But sometimes the folks doing the fake aging don't really do a very good job. I've seen a LOT of old guitars, and I've seen fewer fake-aged guitars, but far too often the fake-age guitars don't really look like vintage guitars that have been used a lot...
     
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    I agree,...I’ve seen a few bad relic jobs and they stand out like the proverbial sore thumb! They look soooo stupid imo!
     
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    I wouldn't give a monkeys about wear being 'legitimate', if I was interested in looks then it's just a case of do i like it or not. If aged hardware doesn't do it for you then you have answered your question.
     
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    Personally, I like aging. But, it depends on the guitar.
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    You wouldn't see a PRS with aging, would you?
     

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