Sell it ... buy a mint one ... cover it with plastic and rock on!
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!
I would have chosen not to comment, but since you're asking for input......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?
THAT is a great post, man. Wow. Thank you. That was perfectly written.I would have chosen not to comment, but since you're asking for input...
It's one thing to be "fussy" about something. Literally everyone is fussy about something. But letting a scratch lead you into a seething rage? Take it from this old dude, that's no way to live a life. At some point in the future you'll be taking stock of things, and I bet that you'll regret not playing music more than you'll regret having put a scratch on a guitar. Scratches are literally nothing. Everything will get scratched. As Joe Sumner said, "Everything will never be okay."
So what are you going to do? You can't keep everything safe all the time, and stuff is going to break. Including you. You can fix a scratch, but you'll never get back the time wasted from being angry at scratches, and you can't backfill the past with music you never made.
My advice would be to talk to someone. Because every single second that ticks by, where you aren't able to pick up a guitar and feed your soul, is a second you'll never get back no matter how many guitars you managed to keep unscathed.
Nope, I have a 2017 Epiphone LP Special I P90, a 2005 Squier Bullet SSS HT Strat, a 2016 Squier Affinity SSS Trem Strat & a 2011 Applause by Ovation AE128. Everything pre-owned except the Epiphone. I guess there was a day when the Ovation was a $ 300 MSRP acoustic. The rest of them ranged from $ 149-229 MSRP, but since they were pre-owned & a year prior to COVID lockdown home incarceration I paid very little for them. With a set up, a chance to adjust to that and the new environment and some playing in, they're pretty awesome instruments. Every now & then I do go to a music store & handle a higher end instrument, some are better others are no better than what I have. I guess they could be better if they were set up to my liking ? Maybe that's why I don't get one. They never feel as comfiortable as what I have. They probably are better, I just don't want to drop that kind of money and still end up putting in the set up effort.$200? Have you ever spent more than that on a guitar in the past. I've been playing for 36 years and the stuff we had in the 80s that wasn't a USA-made Fender, Gibson, Jackson, Charvel, etc was pretty much crap. These days, you can buy really nice import guitars for $400-800. I've owned many $4K+ guitars and there are definitely diminishing returns once you get over the $1K price point. My Korean Ltds were easily 80% plus of my Japanese ESPs, as were my Korean PRS SEs to my USA PRS', and my import Schecter Nick Johnson to my Schecter USA traditional. I do find there to be a bigger gap between Epiphones and Gibsons, but still... I've had a few Epi LPs that weren't all that far off from my Gibson LPs (my '56 "gold" top Epi in candy red is as beloved as my U.S. and CS LPs for instance). Anyways... if you haven't owned a $500-1,000 instrument... I HIGHLY recommend doing so at least once. There is a vast difference between a $200 guitar and a $1K guitar. After that, the curve starts to level off a bit. I will admit that the difference between low end and medium electrics is far less pronounced (assuming a good set of pickups is installed), than the difference in acoustics between the levels. The sub-$1K acoustics have made massive improvements from the water-logged, dead planks they used to be. But the difference in quality of tone betweem a $500 acoustic and a $2K one has been like night and day. I've seen brands like Breedlove, Guild, and Yamaha narrow that gap big time over the past 5-10 years.
Anyways... sorry for the thread derail... I just wanted to encourage anyone who hasn't owned at least one mid or high level instrument to treat themselves to the right one (for them) eventually.
So have you been playing this guitar now?so I play guitars that already have scratches.
Hey there,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.
That seems suspicious. Any scratch remover that works well on poly or lacquer alike will work on much more that guitars alone. I bet its just automotive product rebranded and marked up.