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Mysterious scratch on guitar. Seething with rage. Anyone else relate?

Yendog

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Yeah I have to agree with a lot of people on here. When I get a new guitar and I get that first scratch in it I am so happy As that’s when it really starts feeling like “mine”. Although I’m not a guy who likes flashy guitars with a lot of inlay and such So maybe that goes hand-in-hand for me not desiring to have a pristine guitar.

I am like a lot of people on this thread I think where getting a scratch in a new guitar literally would be a positive more than making me angry I guess seems like it’s made you. But I also have worked at music stores for 20 years and people were bringing guitars for trade or sale that are 20 years old and still have the plastic on the pick guard and just look pristine. I just don’t understand it. Guitars are made to be played. Who the hell cares what they look like.

JMO Though. Different things are important to different people.
 

Yendog

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I wish there were more people who would mention the negative side of sobriety for some people. I swear I was a way cooler person when I drank. Haha. The man I am now is....lesser than the one before. Sharper, for sure, but also colder and not as able to enjoy things. Sense of humour is not as strong as it was. After 9 months, I'd say that I can barely remember what it was like to relax. I take everything so seriously it's ridiculous. Not to sway this too far from the topic, but I figure lots of musicians drink for similar reasons. It's amazing what the creative process is like now. Very analytical and less about being moved emotionally by the music. The viewpoints espoused by many in this thread - namely that guitars get scratches - were views that I shared a few months ago. When I drank. Haha. We always hear about obnoxious drunks....what about all the obnoxious sober people?

It's true that I have no friends or social life to speak of, so that probably fuels my obsession with my guitars. They're really all I have to care about. I don't really want it to be that way, but I suck at talking to people, so, guitars it is.

BTW, I just ordered a used 1970s AVRI stratocaster. All black with rosewood fretboard. Now my Two-Rock can really shine. Needed a stratocaster.

Again, thanks for all the posts, guys. I am glad I have this forum.
Ha! That’s very well said. It’s like a lot of things in modern society you’re not able to even acknowledge that there would be another side of the story. So thank you for truthfully mentioning the other side. Seriously.
 

dumdums

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Blems happen. Best to accept them, move on and play the damn thing.
Maybe I'm a bit autistic...I can't let anything go. Ever. I accumulate grievances with all kinds of things. Only way to stop thinking about something that annoys me is to find something else that annoys me. At least, that's what it's like when I'm sober. Some people are just neurotic I guess. The people In don't understand are the neurotics who don't seem to be bothered by their neuroticism. Mine bothers me a great deal. Watching myself turn into the type of person I used to make fun of has been quite unpleasant. Ha.

I wonder if there is a way to wrap a guitar in bubble wrap or foam or something and still play it. Seriously. I'd rock a foam covered guitar. Could be a new style.
 

joebloggs13

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Was about to play my new guitar. Noticed a scratch on the edge of it that I have not seen before and I was so angry I could not bring myself to play it.

Seriously, am I totally nuts about this? Does anyone relate?

Maybe I should start drinking again....I never cared about stuff like this when I was drinking. I used to actually have fun when playing. Maybe being sober is hazardous to a musician's health. Lol.

Thanks for reading that.
Just a bit...methinks....maybe you should put another scratch in it, and you won't feel so bad....that or buy a relic next time.
 

rockon1

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I wish there were more people who would mention the negative side of sobriety for some people. I swear I was a way cooler person when I drank. Haha. The man I am now is....lesser than the one before. Sharper, for sure, but also colder and not as able to enjoy things. Sense of humour is not as strong as it was. After 9 months, I'd say that I can barely remember what it was like to relax. I take everything so seriously it's ridiculous. Not to sway this too far from the topic, but I figure lots of musicians drink for similar reasons. It's amazing what the creative process is like now. Very analytical and less about being moved emotionally by the music. The viewpoints espoused by many in this thread - namely that guitars get scratches - were views that I shared a few months ago. When I drank. Haha. We always hear about obnoxious drunks....what about all the obnoxious sober people?

It's true that I have no friends or social life to speak of, so that probably fuels my obsession with my guitars. They're really all I have to care about. I don't really want it to be that way, but I suck at talking to people, so, guitars it is.

BTW, I just ordered a used 1970s AVRI stratocaster. All black with rosewood fretboard. Now my Two-Rock can really shine. Needed a stratocaster.

Again, thanks for all the posts, guys. I am glad I have this forum.

There was a reason I drank. The way my mind worked, my perspective on life was painful. When I worked on that things got easier.
 

brashboy

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Was about to play my new guitar. Noticed a scratch on the edge of it that I have not seen before and I was so angry I could not bring myself to play it. I'm incredibly fussy with my guitars now that I am sober. So much so that I have vowed to not buy new guitars anymore, because the first scratch literally makes me so mad I almost want to smash the things. How do you guys deal with getting dings/scratches in your guitars? I realize I am overreacting here, but I'm just so bloody angry at myself for scratching it. Keep in mind that I don't even wear belts or clothing with zippers or metal buttons. I put on pajamas or soft clothing and sit on a chair in the middle of the room and make sure not to bump anything. Getting the guitar ready to play is even difficult for me. I have a new Les Paul and a Gretsch Duo Jet and I won't even play either of them because I don't want to scratch them, so I play guitars that already have scratches.

Seriously, am I totally nuts about this? Does anyone relate?

Maybe I should start drinking again....I never cared about stuff like this when I was drinking. I used to actually have fun when playing. Maybe being sober is hazardous to a musician's health. Lol.

Thanks for reading that.
A scratch... you are probably wound too tight to own a guitar. The solution is obvious - own only beaters for which dings and scratches won't matter, not even to you. They might even allow you to concentrate on playing music.

No to the alcohol.
 

sanhozay

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spray it with nitro & call it a tele; because all i've ever asked is for a guitar you can drop that doesn't break or need a major repair





 

BatmanGMT

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I have a Gibson les paul I have had for the best part of 20 years, it's been played at home, taken to music college, used a practice, gigged... it;s got plenty of little dings and marks.

Not only does that not bother me, i actually quite like it, it's the story of my ownership of that guitar written on it over the years. It makes it feel more like MY guitar, rather than just any guitar.
 

ESW.

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It's that FIRST scratch.
I get that. I bought a 35th Anniversary Custom 24 about a month ago and got a mark on the back of the upper bout within the first hour (before I was even really sure whether I'd keep it). Fortunately it's a keeper.
 

Drew816

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Drinking, scratched guitar, sober up and find scratch, now mad.

I "think" I've found the source of your issue here... ;)
 

edwarddavis

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Buy used guitars with dings already or reliced guitars . It sucks getting the first ding but its all down hill now .
Be happy
 

dumdums

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Ha! That’s very well said. It’s like a lot of things in modern society you’re not able to even acknowledge that there would be another side of the story. So thank you for truthfully mentioning the other side. Seriously.
There was a reason I drank. The way my mind worked, my perspective on life was painful. When I worked on that things got easier.
Drinking, scratched guitar, sober up and find scratch, now mad.

I "think" I've found the source of your issue here... ;)
Not one drink for 9 months. I'm so fussy now, I actually don't know how the scratch got there. Must have been there from the shipper and I just didn't see it. I won't buy a new guitar now. I've learned my lesson. Fussy people should not own new guitars if they want to play them. My beaters are what I play, and I don't worry about them at all. You guys have got me interested in relic guitars now. Thanks.
 

6stringpsyche

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There was a reason I drank. The way my mind worked, my perspective on life was painful. When I worked on that things got easier.
Not to be preachy or diminish your sense of frustration but, adopting a regular meditation practice works wonders on a suffering mind and I can't recommend it highly enough. I can relate, to a point, with what your going through as I have similar patterns of emotional dysregulation in me that are slowly diminishing over time through getting help, lots of work, and patience.

There's a story I read once about a guy encountering a hermit monk living alone in the mountains somewhere - after the traveler was invited in for tea, he noticed that the cup was made of the finest China he'd ever seen. Noticing that the traveler was being very careful with the cup the monk said quickly, "Don't worry, it's already broken..." (even though it was perfectly intact, ya see... ;) ).

With all that being said I've found Meguiars Ultimate Compound to work wonders if the scratches aren't too deep!
 

oildrops

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Congrats on quitting drinking. I quit for a while and was pretty high strung but it got better. I go through phases of being fussy with my gear. Right now I am fixated on finding the perfect reverb pedal. I realize all of the reverbs I have sold are fine. Sometimes I wonder if it's just avoidance/ distraction from other things in life that are stressful.
 

lowyaw

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A few beers can really work wonders for the music, unfortunately.
Horses for courses. Alcohol kills all creativity and motor skills in me. A single beer would ruin a gig flat for me. When I drank at gigs, I'd get hammered and not just give a flying puck and just bang on. Musicality? Forget it. Nuance, detial - oh lol.
Other than that, if you feel like you really get out of control over certain seemingly unimportant things - well may be you should see a specialist and work it out. It helped me, and will probably help you, too. sometimes, to quote Green day, our minds play tricks on us.
 

Kenny Blue

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Man ... sorry but you can't go through time in this world without taking bumps. That goes for us and our guitars...and our cars, and our ...

That's life man. The lines on our face tell our tale.
 




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