C'mon, where's the pics?? You can't tease us like this with no pics...I've done all my work since 1986 with the same Telecaster, 80% of it in the tropics, mostly 3-5 gigs a week, plenty outdoor venues.
After the first 14 years I had it rebuilt. All the metal parts on the front were totally rusted, every screw had to be drilled out.
Neck was shaved to 9.5 radius, refretted, new bridge, control plate, nut, switch, pickups (Bardens) etc. I used to go through 2-3 volume pots a year, sweat just killed 'em.
The only original bits left are the wood, strap buttons and pickguard.
The last five years or so I gig a lot less, so the old plank will last the rest of my playing life.
(I was told that another refret is not possible.)
It looks like the life it's had, but the only scary wear is on the bottom edge of the neck between the 3rd and 7th fret.
There's bare wood, a very slight but definite curve, and the outside fret edges are very rounded over.
It sounds and plays better than ever.
Do a backstrap overlay on that sucker and it'll be road worth again!When I was in high school, I bought a brand new 1992 Les Paul Studio Light for $500 and learned to play on it. I probably played that for 10 hours a day for years. Played in rowdy punk bands in high school and college, then later toured with it in a few bands, playing all sorts of dive bars and DIY backroom underground spaces.
I had it refretted at least twice, wore out numerous bridges, broke a pickup from sweating into it too much, and cracked the headstock at least 5 times. When it could no longer just be glued shut, repair people had to start grafting in chunks of wood, and eventually, that area just got too compromised to play anymore, so I retired it after 20 years of action.
It's not really "wearing out" I guess, the guitar would still be fine if I didn't break it so much, but hey. It was fun and I'm more laid back now.
Here's what the neck looked like at the end:
In better days, it looked like this