The gold is holding up well. The gold on my Studio which I bought new in 2017 has faded a great deal more than this.
Sometimes a guitar can get played A LOT and not show the bruises and scars from playing clubs, bars, festivals, private parties, opening acts, etc........
I bought my '80 "Jimmy Wallace" used in '84, and played it on all gigs around the area until the early 90's
I babied the guitar and made sure I put it in it's guitar case between breaks at all gigs. I only had it on the guitar stand if I was changing guitars during a set.
Here's a pic of my JW on stage in '84, and a pic of the case that protected it all those years.
It's obvious the poor case did its job.
What the "relic" buyers have apparently never realized is that the absurdly exaggerated wear they seem to love, is solely the result of a tiny number of guitar players abusing their instruments as part of their stage act.
But unless you throw your guitar around on stage, use it as a surfboard or whatever else people have done to guitars in the name of showmanship, guitars are pretty reslient against everyday wear- as we can see from the pics of actually old and non-reliced guitars...
The guitar in my avatar is 50 years old this year, and sure, a bit closer and you can tell its age, it has laquer cracks up the wazoo and a few dings and worn away spots on the back - but otherwise it has stood the test of time quite nicely, as would be expected of hardwood covered with car paint...
Getting rid of the finish on the (back of the) neck doesn't count as relicing in my book, as that can be a playability thing.That's something I've never got.
I've read stuff about "relicing" and why new guitars don't wear like all the old cool ones, but I've gone on drunken rants on here about how Geronimo is one of best guitars that Gibson has ever made, even though it had more issues than a mutt. It had a sticky neck like every other Gibson in the late 2000s, but after the steel wool treatmens for the sticky neck it feels like i've tried to relic it because I've worn the fnish off the back of the neck
Bingo! My '55 J160e is a thing of beauty. It has dings, chips, wear and finish checking. This comes from 65+ years of play and makes me smile just looking at it. The ML folks obviously enjoy what they are getting (until it all starts falling off) because they talk about what fabulous instruments they are. Oh the tone...the playability! Best guitar they've ever owned! Uhmm, the guitar was already all that and would still be without the new--tech relicing.Normally worn metal parts look a billion times better than dipped/"agedf" garbage. To state the very, very obvious, the guitars posted here have slim resemblance to "aged" ( = not really aged, just faked) and relic'd instruments, up to and including Murphy Lab concoctions. My favorite look, personally, is an old, much-played, but reasonably well cared-for guitar. But I guess that in America, the land of excess, even excess damage is somehow desirable.
Nope, 1979 Standard. I'd love to say that I bought it new and have put every scratch and scrape on it myself but the truth is that is the condition it was in when I obtained it in about 2017. Boring, I know. Sorry about that!That’s a well lived LesPaul! Tell us about it. Is it a Deluxe routed for humbuckers?