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Old 09-09-2023, 07:18 PM
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Default Who else does not pamper their guitars

I play em, I use them, I hit them hard, I do store them in their case if its been a few days, and with humidipacs. I really don't care bout ding and such....Wow....maybe I do pamper my guitars if putt'n them in their case is argumentative.
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Old 09-09-2023, 07:37 PM
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I don't put them in their cases, way too inconvenient. I have guitars on the rack that I don't touch for months, imagine if those guitars are in cases... I'd forget I have them.

Although I don't pamper my guitars, I'm careful with them. My guitars hardly ever get dings.

Recently, I even got a camping guitar that I've already taken to pool parties and beach (but, interestingly, not yet camping); so, my nice guitars get a break from those places now. It's not really pampering the nice guitars but more pampering my wallet However, I'm thinking about just taking my nice guitars anyway since I play better on them.

But, I get you. Ultimately, my guitars exist to serve me and not the other way around. I keep them in good shape and with fresh strings so they sound good when I play them.
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Old 09-09-2023, 07:43 PM
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I take care of my guitars but I donít pamper them. I take them to workshops, open mics, and let other folks play them. I donít worry too much about dings that happen through regular use. I do wash my hands before and after playing but thatís more about pampering me. :-)
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Old 09-09-2023, 08:01 PM
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What do you mean by pamper? Play them Bach before bed? Rub them with a shammy every week? Feed them caviar?

I honestly canít think of much beyond what you described that would count as pampering, but the thread title implies you have some idea of what ďrealĒ pampering would look like.

Keeping your guitars in cases with humidipacks is probably substantially more ďpamperingĒ than 99% of owners. Though I imagine that AGF members are more likely to do so.

I gig with my guitars. I keep them out of the case, although I do have a hygrometer I monitor and a dehumidifier that I use when it gets stickier than 55% in my office. I feel like thatís plenty pampery!
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Old 09-09-2023, 08:03 PM
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This goes back to my last thread about not cleaning my guitars . No i don;t pamper my guitars ,I still use the dreaded "FingerEase" on my guitars when they get sticky in the humidity. I play the heck out of em! They definetly are not babaied.
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Old 09-09-2023, 08:26 PM
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I was going to say I don't pamper them, but then I thought about it more and maybe I do. I don't bring them outside. I keep them in cases primarily (steel strings and humidified), and I'm careful that I don't ding them.

I don't polish them often and I don't wipe them down after every use though.

No one is allowed to touch them though..... Yeah, guilty. NVM
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Old 09-09-2023, 09:14 PM
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I humidify my guitars, especially when Iím in Montana, and other than that I play Ďem. Sooner or later they get dinged. So what. I didnít buy them to be museum pieces. Just my opinion on my stuff.
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Old 09-09-2023, 10:35 PM
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All my instruments live on wall hangers or stands in my humidified, insulated and temperature controlled basement music room. They only get cased when they leave the house, which is pretty often. I take them to festivals, camping trips, jams, etc. I take reasonable care but nowhere near OCD. I typically buy used so they're not pristine/mint anyway. No carbon fiber. All wood (except the Kaman products with lyracord bowls and plates, cones and spiders on the resonators. And the heads on the banjos.

I wipe them down periodically to get off the dust. I clean them a little more thoroughly when I change strings which is no more often than every 6 months.

Pretty sure this isn't considered pampering in the AGF world.
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Old 09-09-2023, 10:42 PM
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My guitars get playedÖwith character markingsÖ.☺️
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I treat mine like little plump babies. Not a scratch on them. I handle them with microfiber cloths. I wear a cotton sleeve on my right arm. No buttons on my shirt. They’re in their cases except for the two I have out at a time on my Zither-type stands — where nothing touches them but the String Swing yoke around the base of the headstock. I rub down the neck after every play. The rare body smudge gets a once over with Gibson polish, but that is almost never needed.

There. I’ve admitted it. Mojo means something different to me.
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I take care of my guitars but I donít pamper them. I take them to workshops, open mics, and let other folks play them. I donít worry too much about dings that happen through regular use. I do wash my hands before and after playing but thatís more about pampering me.
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I'm generally careful with them, but I don't treat them like prisoners and hide them away in their cases when I'm not playing. Of course, our kids are grown and gone, we don't currently have pets, and our house stays pretty quiet. But when the grandkids visit, I do tend to move one or two upstairs...
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I take care of my guitars but I donít pamper them. I take them to workshops, open mics, and let other folks play them. I donít worry too much about dings that happen through regular use. I do wash my hands before and after playing but thatís more about pampering me. :-)
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I am pretty much in this category. My dings have come from pine cones and acorn nuts falling off trees in the middle of a jam, other musicians inadvertently banging their instrument into mine (we are mutually unhappy) and just accidents of the day, such as iPad stands falling over due to gravity on a hillside and banging into my guitar.

Since I am not in the business of selling used guitars for a profit, I don't worry about it - I just try to take reasonalble pre cautions (auto correct fail check) I just use the old Guild marketing theme as my philosophy - "Made to be Played".

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More than half a century into owning guitars, I guess I'm not a pamperer.

Mine hang on wall hooks in various rooms (different tunings) but no weather walls. Windows are open most summer nights, no humidity controls. They only go into cases when I take one somewhere. Never damaged any of them in any way but I try not to tempt fate. I have a beater that I take to campfires because of heat, cold, moisture and sharing. I try to avoid letting them bake or freeze in a car, but sometimes life happens.

I don't always wash my hands before playing if they're clean and dry, I just grab them randomly as the mood dictates. But I'm very careful to scrub if I've been touching and kind of food. Shot a Colt Gold Cup 1911 after eating chicken once and it took just a day to start showing a hint of corrosive film - probably no better for strings.

I'd probably have to develop some much better habits if I ever coughed up $5,000 ot more for a guitar (which I can afford) but I'm far more comfy enjoying a pamper-free relationship with my guitars. They're tools/toys, and if I ever wear them out, I'll get some more.

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Old 09-10-2023, 03:40 AM
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Only thing I do is keep the humidity stable in my studio. My guitars only see their cases if used for a gig. I rarely clean them and change strings if needed. This is all the pampering I do. If I plan to sell one, I clean it carefully and check dings and signs of use.
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