Yup....agree with the gold hardware decision.... aged or not. Mixing gold and nickel doesn't work very well at all, even when the gold is severely aged. My Gary Rossington Les Paul has aged gold hardware, but it varies depending or which part. The ABR-1 shows the least aging to the gold. The stop tailpiece and pickup covers show the most aging and wear to the gold. It would look ghastly to put a worn nickel ABR-1 on it.