Do You Prefer Your Les Pauls Worn or in Mint Condition

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  1. pureanalog

    pureanalog Senior Member

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    Especially the ones that you've had for quite a while.

    I personally don't like the idea of relicing a guitar I prefer natural wear. Also I feel like unworn guitars are museum pieces but I do like well kept guitars as well.

    Can you post some pics of your worn Les Paul and it's respective age and use.
     

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  2. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    I not a fan of artificially aging a guitar/LP, but a guitar/LP that has natural wear and some tear...OH yeah!!

    I also love em' mint!
     
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    bungle Senior Member

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    Worn.
     
  4. Christosterone

    Christosterone Premium Member

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    I keep mine as shiny as a new penny...
    Buy em new too...though I do buy neck repairs often...

    Thankfully I live in Texas and even though our house is not “big”, it has 3 AC units...
    So humidity and temp is perfect so long as I keep them free of sweat and far away from my 4 year old daughter who is a walking tornado...

    -Chris
     
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    azzapeel Senior Member

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    Not abused. Just used. If that helps.
     
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    I like the worn out, green gold tops and velvetty smooth, worn to the wood necks. I've always been drawn to those. I knew, even form a young age, that those guitars were the players.

    I've bought all, my Les Pauls new, though. I put some serious wear on a 2012 Junior Special... And had to let it go. My current crop still look almost too new to me. But, I'm working on it.

    I am hoping to start saving at some point for another birth year guitar, a '68 Gold Top. Won't be looking for a beauty queen, but one that's been rode hard and put away wet.
     
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    I hate to be the one to put the first ding on a guitar.
     
  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I buy used and new both, and looks aren't that important to me. They do matter in terms of color or shape, but wear? I expect my guitars to get worn a little. So long as they're not damaged I'm good.
     
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    I prefer buying used guitars, and I don't care much about dings and scratches (as long as there are no defects affecting functionality). BTW, a couple of years ago I've bought a G&L ASAT (a tele-style guitar), which was factory reliced. The relicing didn't cost me anything, but actually I felt relief not to worry about putting a dent or scratch on the guitar :) Also this year I've bought an SG Special, and although it had many dents (the seller claimed it to be in mint condition!), I took it anyway, because it had all the specs I was looking for, such as heritage cherry high-gloss nitro finish and one-piece body.
     
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  10. Mr Insane

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    I prefer natural screwdriver and hammer wear.


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  11. Filipem

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    I dont play live maybe thats why i dont like my guitars banged up. If I played live, toured, spent thousands of hours playing it then yeah I get the attraction. Dents dings and battle scars I imagine would draw up fond memories. I play at home for fun and display my Pauls on the wall. I also tend to be very meticulous about everything I own. I suppose it's against my nature to like my property damaged.

    But that's just me
     
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  12. dsmcl77

    dsmcl77 Senior Member

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    I clean my guitars after each use to keep them as mint as possible, but I expect them to wear out over time.
     
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    I’m afraid I’m one of those who washes his hands and takes his belt off before strapping one on.
    Maybe I’m wierd, but I’m a good seller! :laugh2:
     
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    Normal wear and tear for me, nothing artificially reliced.
     
  15. Mr Insane

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    Play your guitars people and stop worrying about whether or not someone likes relic guitars.
     
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    I need to vomit in that case, stat.
     
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  18. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Live, home, wherever, it doesn't matter. It's a thing. If it works well you're good to go.

    Appearances are for others; utility is for oneself.
     
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    I don't buy worn used guitars; I'll always chase down the ones that are near pristine. And I tend to keep them as clean and scratch/ding free as I can. I'm not a fan of the whole "mojo" BS thing, and relicing a guitar just seems silly.
     
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