YOU WEAR IT WELL
I bought a Fender Roadworn Strat about seven years ago. Why? Well, I can’t get on with shiny new guitars! They feel too new, the necks are often sticky, and I feel bad if I ding them. My Strat felt like a pair of wellworn boots straight out of the case – sanded neck, rolled fingerboard, nitro finish – and seven years and many gigs later, it’s still my go-to guitar. I honestly would not swap it for a custom-shop Les Paul – I’ll probably be buried with it! Nick Mee, Leicester Thanks Nick, you make a point that’s perhaps overlooked by players who don’t like relic’d guitars, which is that the playing feel of the relic’d and roadworn instruments plays a big part in why some people like them, not just the styling. Some would say that you should wear guitars in yourself – but that might take a while, especially with durable nonnitro finishes. And, as you’ve discovered, roadworn guitars will give just as many years of service as new ones.