Pretty much all through college I took exceptional care of my guitars but since moving back in with my parents and now living in the attic, I seem to have scratched and dinged every single one of my guitars because of the low vaulted ceilings or tripping over shit because my room is too small for all the crap I've acquired over 3 years of living in an apartment.

I get the saying use and abuse, but I just got a new takamine on thursday, and what do you know I put a nice scratch in the headstock. Kicking myself in the ass.
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My guitars are in absolute mint condition. But I have quite a lot of room, so no danger to hit a wall or furniture with them. It is certain that if you have a small room, there are more "dangers" to scratch them
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My Les Paul Standard CSB is disgustingly well-cared for; so much so that it is indeed in "mint" condition. My Carvin Icon-6 sixgun bass also meets the standard.
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My Ibanez Prestige was mint, now almost 3 years and its got about a dozen dings in the body. Seems to take a chunk out even if I just tap it on something. I was gonna contour it more on the edges for comfort on my lap and probably not bother painting where I trim it, keep the front and back looking ok
Generally, they're in good shape across the entire assembly: I have one or two that are pretty pristine, I have some dings on some others. None are really messed up.
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Nothing mint, but no beaters either. I gig all my guitars- it's inevitable that something will get dinged on stage or during transit. However, I try to look after everything as well as possible, so nothing is too damaged or anything.

my les paul was decapitated at one point (leaning on my amp enjoying feedback and a bassist crashed into me)- but save for a few finish blemishes it's near perfect again.
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My first guitar, a Samick. So many hours played, not a scratch on it. Also, my RG770DX, but it was a factory second for a finish crack in the neck pocket, which I guess means it isn't mint.
Nope. Guitars are meant to be played, and when guitars are used, things are bound to happen. Overall my guitars are in pretty good condition, but tiny dings here and there seem inevitable.
both of my prestiges would be considered mint (i don't gig with them very often, in fact one has never left the room.

and i have one 11/400 Gibson, which thank god is mint.

other than that i probably have 12 'good' condition guitars and two 'fair'.
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My Horizon FRII is in mint condition, as is my RR3 besides one tiny dent that you have too look for. A couple of my others are in very close to mint condition as well. Generally i just try to take good care of them.
I try very hard to take care of my guitars, but I can't say any of hem are mint condition.
Pretty much all of my guitars have scratches and dents on them.
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Yep. It's so mint, it doesn't even exist.

Otherwise, no. Good condition? Hell yeah, I baby my RG2228. But general wear will always happen. Undetectable scratches in the paint unless up close... very tiny little spots where paint is worn ever so slightly along the edges of the body... some parts of the bridge where the paint has rubbed off and started rusting.

Not mint, but in great condition nonetheless.
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I try very hard to take care of my guitars, but I can't say any of hem are mint condition.
Pretty much all of my guitars have scratches and dents on them.

It can be hard to avoid sometimes and in all honesty I think i got lucky with the RR3 as i've had that for 7 years or so and it's never been kept in a case.
An Epi LP, but that's in the process of being sold. Got a Washburn WG-587 which is nearly mint, bit dusty though under the bridge and on the headstock as I never wipe it down.
Other than those two, all my instruments are heavily modded, bar my first guitar, an Epi Joe Perry LP, which is stock but has picked up a fair few knocks.
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The ESP is I think, even after a few light knocks. No visible damage. My V has a few dings on the fins.
I've a seriouse problem about playing a new guitar in mint condition.
It feels like i hold a baby.
So, i'm happy when the guitar gets the first ding/scratch but also at the same time i could kill myself.
My Tele is completely mint. I need to **** all my guitars up a bit. I really do treat them like babies.

One thing I really don't want is any dings on is the back of the neck. I would hate to feel them as I play. The body would be fine, but not the neck, no sirree.
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My Hufschmid, ESP eclipse, Washburn CS, Mayones Legend Are absolute mint. My ESP Horizon is nearly mint and my Music man and PRS are in used condition.
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Three of my four guitars are second hand and are in very good nick, but not perfect. The only guitar I've ever bought new, my Shecter Tempest Hellraiser is I would say, mint.

Mint is overrated, guitars need a few dings and discolouration to have mojo
All my guitars are mint except my Yamaha which was in pretty bad condition when i got it, bit i kind of like the personality it bings to the guitar.
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I think the word mint gets thrown around too much. Just because it has no obvious scratches or dings that doesn't mean it qualifies as mint.
Mint is untouched and never cleaned because it has never been dirty/dusty.
"Near mint" is a more accurate term 99% of the time where the word mint is used.
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My ESP EclipseII, Deluxe Ameican Strat, and Roadword Strat are all mint.

Love the irony of a mint roadworn
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Yes my strat is mint. Also i am very carefull with my guitars. Or just the ones that where really expensiv.
I wouldn't consider any mint, but with some, without inspecting you'd think they are.

Of the guitars I've gotten new, I've chipped the headstock in my Warlock, there's a paint chip on the side point thing of my Warbeast (Oddly, neither of these have any paint chip on the lower horns), my Dean has a few nicks in the neck and a long scratch down it, and my Schecter Damien-8 has a few dents on the side of it opposite the jack. My Hello Kitty guitar obviously isn't mint if anyone has seen the thread I made when I got it.

Of my used ones, the Ibby RGR(numbers and letters go here) is in the best condition, only a small paint chip at the point of the headstock.
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Yeah, the guitars I bought new are. Even my acoustic that is damn near as old as I am (20 this year) is in pretty good condition considering it's been between Michigan and the Middle East. My first electric which was bought used has a couple of dings, mostly from the last owner and one from where my little sister hit it.
I never ding my guitars, but i tend to get a lot of pick scratches and fret wear.