View Poll Results: Practice most with your most expensive gear?

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  • Of course

    120 81.08%
  • Not quite

    6 4.05%
  • 50/50

    22 14.86%
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  1. #51

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    Absolutely! A guitar needs to be played. However, if you are just a collector then perhaps not to avoid unwanted dings etc.


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  3. #52

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    If I had an expensive guitar I didn’t want to play most of the time, would probably sell it and get another one.

  4. #53

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    I had a very expensive guitar for awhile, and I was afraid to play it lest I put a ding or a scratch on it. I played it perhaps a half dozen times. But I bought it as an investment, not to play, and I sold it for enough profit to put a new roof on my house, which I sorely needed. That was a rare opportunity, though. The others I either bought to play or received as gifts, and they all get played now and then, some more than others. Monetary value has nothing to do with it, though, nor does possible wear. I play the ones that I enjoy playing. The older, cheaper ones tend to be neglected.

  5. #54

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    Fret wear would never stop me from playing a guitar.

    In general I would say practice with whichever guitar you're going to the gig with - this way you are most comfortable with the tone and feel you want in the live setting. The only exception might be if I had a guitar that was really a collectors instrument, say an authentic'59 Les Paul. I would probably not drag that one to the bar.

  6. #55

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    Quote Originally Posted by p1p View Post
    wondering if I should just go ahead anyway and face the re-fret at some point..
    A refret is like making your favorite guitar brand new again, had my PRS HB done by Gary Brawer a couple years ago and DID NOT REGRET IT ONE BIT!!

  7. #56

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    I just practice on the guitar I want to play at the point in time...
    Some days I want to play an acoustic archtop, others I want the dry thunk of a laminated archtop. Sometimes I want the even sustain of my Les Paul Recording.

    On the topic of refretting - I'm getting my Les Paul Recording refretted. The old fretless wonder frets were extremely worn. It's like changing tyres on a car, just has to be done every so often....

  8. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    It took me 50 years to wear down the frets on my '68 Stratocaster. (I played the heck out of it.)

    I do practice with my most expensive guitars. I love them too much to let them sit. BUT, I rotate the guitars so that they share the fret wear. Thus, even my '38 Gibson still has acceptable frets.
    You must have a heck of a lot of guitars to rotate through to be able to keep the frets on your ‘38 Gibson acceptable.

  9. #58

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    Well my most expensive stuff cost me like $400.

    It seems practical to "practice" the instrument you perform on. Unless you have a cheap and similarly set up copy of your good rig.

  10. #59

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    Absolutely, I didn't buy them to be wall hangers or closet queens.
    Play 'em!

  11. #60

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    Like Wintermoon, I sure do.

    It's inspiring to play the best ones you have.

  12. #61

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    Best regards, k

  13. #62

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    Why on the earth would I have a nice instrument if I wasn't going to enjoy it every day?

  14. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    The only guitar with fret wear that I have is the one I've had the longest... 47 years. And, the fret-wear is minor and doesn't bother me.

    I don't think of value or fret-wear when picking up a guitar, I just play what I want. So I guess it's 50/50 but not for the reasons you noted.

    Same for me, and it so happens that I prefer to play on my less expensive gear because I like playing it. The price is a non-issue.
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  15. #64

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    Good point.

    Actually I find my more expensive guitars (old guitars) can be harder and less 'enjoyable' to play than my cheaper ones.

    I play the expensive guitars because they sound really good. So I have to work a bit harder to get in shape for a gig.

    Of course some expensive guitars play like butter. Most new guitars play very nicely.

  16. #65
    Sometimes during the summer, when it's hot and sweaty, I might pick up the tele instead of an archtop, but that's about it Finding a really good guitar tech/luthier is important, and then you can enjoy your guitars and fix whatever might need fixing..

  17. #66

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    Slight modification...

    Keeping track of things, I realize that I rotate through my guitars in a week's worth of practice sessions. Everything from the most expensive, carved-body, custom archtop, to the home-assembled Telecaster copy gets used at some point during the week.

    I guess this promotes (1) even wear across the stock, and (2) no instruments just sitting in cases, suffering neglect.