Not noble, but definitely not tools either. All instruments should be treated with care.
Can't remember where I read/saw this, but your feelings are akin to a school teacher who loved the pupil that came with the most beat up, dog-eared text book, because she knew that that kid now carried the book around in his head.My two cent's?
When I design a TCM guitar, it's utility as a musical tool always takes precedence in my thinking, initially. I'm thinking about sound and ease of use, and from there I turn my attention a bit more to the cosmetics of the design.
As you know I spend an inordinate amount of time building to the best degree that I can, and I'd not particularly enjoy seeing my work intentionally abused; but over the years countless TCM owners have been sheepish about showing me their TCM if it shows scratches, dents, and the like.
Actually nothing makes me happier than seeing my older work showing the wear and tear of being used as I intended. I consider these things to be "Marques of Honor" and at in the end, I suppose that this is why I get up in the morning!
When I see one of my guitars showing the signs of being used for hundreds of shows, tours, etc, I am absolutely delighted.
My guitar is valuable to me because my music is valueable to me and without a guitar I cant play music. Some have more monetary value than others but I don't intend on selling them. To me they are like different paint brushes for a painter.I was always careful about just everything I owned, even if I did not.
And of course, my guitars have always been very precious to me. No matter if expensive or not, I treat them with equal care.
I never leave them laying around, they are in from their cases or gig bags, played, and returned into them. No way I let them laying about, to be just knocked down inadvertently.
It is just out of respect and worshiping the enchantment they produce when played.
I detail them so they always look best. No greasy finger prints, no ding, immaculate like the day they came out of the factory.
I can't describe what I felt when looking at Pete's destruction craft. Like someone desecrating his own creativity.
Anyway, I maybe obsessive compulsive about my guitars, and I was wondering if you guys were just considering your stringed instruments as mere tools, or noble companions?
Look at those using Stradivarius Violins... why should we treat our guitars differently?