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I don't get it....why buy aged guitar???

surfreak

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Yup, people love those things and it's been a real popular cosmetic option since Ron Davids 1999 40th Ann model. Now they get real, or simulated, dirt rubbed in on the #4 heavy aged. I'm waiting for the posts explaining how the dirt helps produce an earthy tone you just can't get with a gloss finish.
You won't see such posts coming, at least not from anyone with a bit of common sense.

But to force the argument a little, I do say that I play my relics slightly differently than I do my pristine, non-relic LP.

Perhaps it is me being mildly (more than mildly, according to my loved ones) OCD, but when I play a beautiful, pristine, perfect, glossy guitar, I am conscious of handling it and playing it carefully, trying to avoid that fated first ding etc.

When I play my relics I have none of these concerns, I dig in, don't feel restrained by my own boundaries and I can and focus solely on the music, in short I play better.
And, if it is true that tone is in the fingers, then as a result I sound better. Makes sense?
 

mjross

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You won't see such posts coming, at least not from anyone with a bit of common sense.

But to force the argument a little, I do say that I play my relics slightly differently than I do my pristine, non-relic LP.

Perhaps it is me being mildly (more than mildly, according to my loved ones) OCD, but when I play a beautiful, pristine, perfect, glossy guitar, I am conscious of handling it and playing it carefully, trying to avoid that fated first ding etc.

When I play my relics I have none of these concerns, I dig in, don't feel restrained by my own boundaries and I can and focus solely on the music, in short I play better.
And, if it is true that tone is in the fingers, then as a result I sound better. Makes sense?
Hear that! I’m fairly OCD about my guitars also. I don’t want a mark on them. However, my relics have become my favorites lately, I just play them and don’t worry about a ding here and there. To be honest, I just think they play better. You really have to try one to understand. I use to not get it, now I do!
 

NYCBURST

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May 11, 2016
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I like both, I can totally relate to mike Slub... I feel less paranoid about taking an aged guitar out and playing it. Also, I like a broken in feel. However, new guitars a great too....
 
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