jhalterman
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#1
Can't recall if I saw it on UG or elsewhere on the interblag, but I saw a post concerning players that 'baby' their guitar ("taking it in for a setup after you change gauges from 10 to 9.5" was the only example I can recall off the top of my head). Just something that got me curious, how other plays treat their gear. To be honest, I'm not even exactly sure how much a decently made guitar can endure

Personally, I know the answer is "Yes." Dean, sadly, stopped production on the AT3000/ATF3000 line and I snatched one for $300 compared to the original $1100-1200. It was and still is my second electric and was my first 'real' guitar (Fender Starcaster and crappy beginner guitar excluded). If not played, always in the case. Always wipe off dust and clean the fretboard before and after playing. Barely let anyone else touch it.

So, in a nutshell, how do you treat your axe(s)?
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#3
I've absolutely slammed my guitars in the past.

Although I don't baby any of them particularly much, I do wipe them down after playing and ensure intonation is right when restringing. Other than that, anyone who can actually play is welcome to try them out. That's what they're there for, after all.
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innertom
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#4
you call it babying, i call it taking care of.
nothings wrong with making sure your intonation is correct and getting all the oils from your skin off it.

treat your instrument with respect bro
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#5
I keep it in good condition and make sure to never damage it. It's always kept in its case and given the perfect setup.

Some people might consider that 'babying' it, but that's fine. At least I'm not the one replacing everything that breaks year after year.
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#6
I do know of people that won't even bring their "pride & joy" out into a room of people if one is smoking, and certainly would never entertain the idea of allowing someone else to touch the thing, let alone play it. Which I think is a little extreme.

I have a couple of dirt cheap bashed up guitars that I happily throw around (literally), and they seem harder to damage than any premium Gibson LP or custom build prestige one-off I've played/owned.
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#7
I treat mine like a total slut. I just pick it up and f*** it anytime I want who cares if I cum first.
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#8
I don't purposefully knock them or anything but they're nitro finishes so they look good with wear. You don't need to clean them every day, nothing will happen under normal circumstances.

I wouldn't go to a tech because I went down 0.5 on my string gauge because you don't need to.
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#9
I wipe down the strings after use, and every second or third string change I'll polish the body and clean the fretboard. I'm not anal about people playing them (they're meant to be played). I've never bashed one around too bad only the odd knock here and there.
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#10
I play my guitars.

I don't baby them, but I make sure to maintain them correctly.
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#11
I baby mine.
I've gotta admit it.
Don't get it twisted; they get played, and a lot.
But all of my music gear gets taken care of, and it takes care of me.
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#12
i "baby" two of my guitars, ive decided that if i ever got into stage playing and touring id get guitars specifically for smashing (with the knowhow of how to improvisingly fix them) like an arvil lavigne telesquire, they just kinda piss me off.
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#13
nope, don't give a crap about it. If I had an expensive guitar I would take better care of it but it's a beat up old pacifica. It sounds awesome because I put the pickups and electronics I wanted inside and do NOT want to get rid of it for any amount but if it gets dinged up or scracthed, I don't mind...

I babied the ibanez and fender MIA strat I had before this one but it stressed me. I like the freedom of knowing I won't care if I drop my main axe
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#14
i generally find if i'm too worried about the condition of a guitar i'm just not getting the most out of it. of course i do take the time to clean the finish and hardware and stuff because dirty finishes feel horrible and dirty hardware goes rusty.

lately i've gone a bit downhill because i used to do this sort of thing every time i changed strings but now that i use elixirs i don't seem to be needing to change my strings anymore.
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#15
Absolutely not. I'm not a collector as such, resale value is never more than a passing thought. My guitars are there to be played, not pampered.
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#16
I play my guitars. Damage and wear is inevitable with playing an instrument. I just make sure they're set up correctly and that nothing is mechanically wrong with them.
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#17
My beginner guitar I don't treat very nicely, it's very banged up. However, I always treated my g400 and my mustang with a lot of respect, I never let others play them. I change the strings once a month on the g400 and when they break on my other guitars. I wipe down the g400 and the mustang after playing and all my guitars stay in hardcases when not being played. I do not have a problem with smoking around my guitars, I do it often.
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#18
i take care of my things.

i use them. i don't abuse them because i want them to last.

checking intonation isn't babying anything.
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#19
I don't abuse them, but my PRS is looking a little used these days, the bridge saddles are almost entirely brass because the nickel has worn off, the pickups are dirty and stained. But is plays like a dream and it is always in it's case unless in use.

I put $300 guitars in cases just because.
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I put $300 guitars in cases just because.

i've put tires on cars that did't cost as much as the tires did.
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#21
I go to extremes with my toys, and take as good care of them as I can. I wipe down my guitars every night, after playing them 2-6 hours each day. I change strings every 4-6 weeks, especially if it seems like they don't sound as good as I remember. I have brackets on the wall to hang them from, as I like looking at them.

If I got to the point where I'd be taking a guitar somewhere to play, I'd get one that was already scratched up.

I'm the same way with my 24 year-old Harley, which has tons of miles on it but still looks great, my Mustang, guns, knives and other toys.
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#22
I baby my CT7. To the point of threatening people with a crowbar if they so much as look at it for too long.

She's my child. Though not biologically (obviously).
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jhalterman
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#23
It seems quite a few people missed the point of this. There's a difference between taking care of your guitar and then going overboard with it (which is what I'm talking about). I was simply asking if you ever took a step back and thought, "Yea, this might be a little too much."

Thanks for all the answers, nevertheless.

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I put $300 guitars in cases just because.
Considering it started out near a grand there is no way in hell I'd ever treat it like a $300 guitar. Hell, I'd treat my Dean better than a PRS if I ever owned one.
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#24
My guitars live in cases or on stands or wall mounts...but I don't clean them regularly.

I don't gig or smoke, so that's a non-issue. I do take several of them outside the home to practice in places like my yard or my Church's courtyard, so they do get exposed to the elements and temperature changes.

For the most part, I let people handle my guitars, as long as I'm sure their hands are relatively clean- no Cheetos, no PB&Js, no greasy foods, etc.

I'm thinking that, on balance, I'm slightly more careful than average with my guitars, but not ridiculously so.
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#25
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i've put tires on cars that did't cost as much as the tires did.

When I was in high school, I had a car that cost $1200 and I put a set of rims and tires on it that cost $2600


and that is mid 1990's prices
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#26
Quote by jhalterman
It seems quite a few people missed the point of this. There's a difference between taking care of your guitar and then going overboard with it (which is what I'm talking about). I was simply asking if you ever took a step back and thought, "Yea, this might be a little too much."

Thanks for all the answers, nevertheless.

Considering it started out near a grand there is no way in hell I'd ever treat it like a $300 guitar. Hell, I'd treat my Dean better than a PRS if I ever owned one.

My PRS was $2000+ new and I don't treat it any different than my epiphone G-400
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
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#27
I treat all of my guitars better than some of the adults I've seen; Most of them are on wall mounts (my acoustic is on a stand) , I play all of them at least one hour per day, and clean them up when I see fit. My Iceman gets the special attention: I play it the most, I clean it before my other guitars, I polish it extra (I like it really shiny), and I only let certain people touch it, and less people get to play it. What would you expect though, it was my first guitar, and it looks so cool!
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#28
I'd take more care if I had a more stable life (I've moved to a new house, trailer, apartment, a minimum of once a year since I was 15- I'm 24 now). I also gig sometimes three times a week. My guitars are a little dinged, but I think it adds character, plus I've never spent more than $600 on a guitar (yet), and they're certainly not worth that. That being said, I occasionally wipe them down, and do a pretty thorough cleaning whenever I change the strings.


I do work at a guitar store in a pretty nice area, and there are a lot of guys who come in with $4000 guitars they can barely play but will freak out if the guitar has the tiniest of dings or scratches. It's a little frustrating.
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jhalterman
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#29
Quote by Bones2
I treat all of my guitars better than some of the adults I've seen; Most of them are on wall mounts (my acoustic is on a stand) , I play all of them at least one hour per day, and clean them up when I see fit. My Iceman gets the special attention: I play it the most, I clean it before my other guitars, I polish it extra (I like it really shiny), and I only let certain people touch it, and less people get to play it. What would you expect though, it was my first guitar, and it looks so cool!


Same goes for my Dean, lol. But wow, an Iceman as your first guitar? Fucking awesome!
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I wouldn't be caught dead with a necrophiliac

I don't clean my room because I'm saving entropy the effort


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