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If was signed by Charlie Christian or Hendrix or Segovia ... well, those guys are gods.
There's a Gibson L-00 around somewhere - I think someone on here used to own it - that belonged to a service man during WWII and had the names of everyone in his regiment scratched into the back - I always thought that was a nice idea and something worth preserving. Martin have a uke in their museum that was taken on an early polar expidition and signed by the travellers, also in that category.
The guitar that inspired the thread has a glaringly obvious signature in white paint on the front, so it wasn't subtle. It's a varnish rather than nitro finish and I've got white paint off violins successfully before, so I think it probably could be removed, but it'd be a gamble.
At least those signatures are out of the way when playing, so your guitars are still usable. My pet peeve is sigs on the forearm area. But Pat Metheny really just prints his name in block letters? Huh.Well Robben Ford signed this one for me, so I am biased. I took it to the multi day camp he was holding in Ojai where he lived and he asked me about the guitar. He came to town a few months later for a concert and he signed it for me.
I would say this, a sig guitar of a guitarist I highly respected, I have zero issues buying it, even marked up, with their signature. I have one from Pat Metheny like that. He personally signed this one as part of a promo at a music store. I got that in confirmation from his management team.
At least those signatures are out of the way when playing, so your guitars are still usable. My pet peeve is sigs on the forearm area. But Pat Metheny really just prints his name in block letters? Huh.
Every now and then I see a vintage guitar come up for sale with a signature on it and I'm curious to know how others perceive them. Let's assume it's a valuable guitar regardless of the signature, that the signature is relevant to the guitar (a signature model signed by the artist whose model it is, for example) and that the seller isn't applying a massive mark up because it's been scribbled on. And let's assume you're not a particular fan of the signer, so you're not getting the warm and fuzzies knowing you might be able to own something they touched.
Do you try to restore the guitar by removing the signature? Or is the signature part of the history of that guitar and something you can appreciate? Do you pass on the guitar thinking it's better placed with someone who values the signature more?
A guitar with just such a scribble is vaguely on my radar at the moment, and I can't decide how I feel about it.
Well did it stay on or drop off your radar?