If you buy a bolt-neck guitar, replace every single part one by one...

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  1. talentless hack

    talentless hack Member

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    ...and eventually assemble the old parts into another guitar, then which one is the second guitar and which one is the original?
     
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    You can't trick me with your existential questions...the old guitar IS the original!
     
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    Ha! Corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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    The atoms in our body are constantly being replaced. Are we the same people we used to be?
     
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    If I can change my socks, then it stands to reason I can change my atoms.
     
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    Sadly, this is my brain on nothing at all!
     
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    Theseus' ship aka Trigger's Broom!
     
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    Whoa, does that mean you are no longer married to the same woman and your kids aren't really yours either? Puts a whole new light on divorce, alimony and child support :crazyguy
     
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    I would theorize, for no good reason, that if ALL the parts have been replaced it's not the same guitar.
    If, however, you maintained the body or the body/neck and replaced everything else, you might have an argument.
     
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    Without the reassembling of the old parts aspect, I think I have since the internet starting seen more than one person talk about a guitar that they've basically changed everything on as the same guitar that it was when they started. I seem to recall one or more that had changed everything but the body, then decided to change the body. But it was still their Whatever-version-name-it started-as Telecaster.

    As far as the more abstract question in the OP, if you took a guitar apart and reassembled it, it would still be the original guitar. The added steps of having the parts be part of another guitar wouldn't change that, regardless of the time frame or circumstances of the transition. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, but I reserve the right to switch some of the parts off of it.
     
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    Modifications to an original unit do not change the unit's 'heritage'. But if you're going to say something like "This is a 1972 Les Paul", blah blah blah, you very well can't if there are no parts at all from 1972 on it. It's, at that point, a restoration or something.............
     
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    Note that the OP didn't say the new parts were identical or even similar to the original parts. The new guitar might not resemble the original much at all.
     
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