Do You Prefer Your Les Pauls Worn or in Mint Condition

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  1. Howard2k

    Howard2k Premium Member

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    It’s happened to mine on the arm area, not the neck area. I don’t wear sandpaper but maybe it’s a chemistry thing?
     
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    +1 I put arm wear on my old Studio Lite (my first Les Paul). It just happens if you don't have sleeves and your skin rubs on it enough.

    I prefer worn, but don't generally discriminate. If the guitar's a winner, it's a winner regardless of whether it's mint or heavily worn.
     
  3. rockstar232007

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    I've played with guys who's sweat was so acidic, that they would take the lacquer off the neck in less than a month.

    In fact, one guy in particular asked me if he could play one of my lacquer-finished guitars, and I was like "HELL NO!!!".
     
  4. jojo

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    You might want to open your eyes a bit wider. Guitars are everywhere that have finish worn off the neck and arm rest areas from simply playing them.
     
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    I prefer my guitars to look like keith richards could have puked over them, that being said real world wear and tear is always better than relicing.
     
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  6. RicOkc

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    Like others I buy used, let the guy who bought it new take the hit.

    I still like them to look new/undamaged, if I ever decide to part with them at least I'll get a reasonable return.
     
  7. dspelman

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    Not only do I *not* share that belief system, I'm pretty sure there's no logic to it...
    If a guitar is worn/beat up, it could just be that the owner didn't take care of it or didn't treat it well. I've watched guitars take a beating while the owners simply sucked at guitar. I'm not a fan of the "All the best guitars have already been built" business, either. Gibson and Fender may have mostly gone astray and may be mostly cranking out production crap to fill stores, but if you're willing to part with enough money, even they have some decent pieces worthy of their brands. And folks like Suhr and Anderson, etc., do a great job on Fenderish guitars, while other semi-custom makers do a great job on the rest.
     
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  8. Axiomatik

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    There absolutely is logic to it, you just don't agree with the premise(s). Which is fine, but we all know people who believe those two points...

    Of course "best" is subjective within itself, but objectively the most expensive guitars are older. Why the hell is a 59' Les Paul be worth 500k if it wasn't "the best" at least in the eyes of the person bidding...


    Also I would never say good guitars aren't still being made, that wouldn't make sense.
     
  9. SlyStrat

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    Its wood and I dont care either way.
     
  10. Udonitron

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    Natural wear is always nice.

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    I use my girl "Emma" everywhere. Luckily all that's happened is a little buckle rash and tarnished nickle hardware. Gotta play them yourself to get the war wounds and memories.
     
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    dspelsman said exactly what I feel.
     
  15. Gibson4NJ

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    I really do like the patina of an older Les. They kind of become these venerable objects, like something you'd see in the Metropolitan museum.

    They glow with experience and seem to have some kind of internal wisdom.

    I can do without damage and dents and gouges... But those finishes age so well.
     
  16. mgdesigns

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    Mint, and reliced by me over my own personal usage.
     
  17. craigeymac

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    Worn 100%
    I have 2 old customs and my 1980 is showing signs of wear, when i got the guitar it was pristine! The guy purchased it to learn on and gave up after 2 lessons so it sat under his bed.

    Here is Colin the day he came home, MINT!

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    Buckle rash starting in a big way
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    My thumb ring is also taking the paint off the neck
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    And just another pic that inspires me to play is this worn custom, it belongs to Richie Faulkner.

    But it inspires me becasue every scratch and ding and even the change in colour of the thing show how much it is loved.
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    Natural ware all the way.
     
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    I shop used guitar's like used cars, good price and hardly driven.
     
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