Why are beat up guitars almost always Fenders?

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  1. KraftyBob

    KraftyBob Well-Known Member

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    It seems when I'm on various forums, Facebook posts, selling sites, etc., that when a guitar is beat up - chipped, dinged, scratched - worn finish, etc., it's almost always a Strat, followed by Tele's. Sure, there are some Les Paul's and others on occasion, but those seem to be the exception.

    Oh, and this is a purely non-scientific observation on my part so I don't have any facts to back it up. Just seems to be what I notice.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Fenders are cheaper guitars and dont get treated as well as a Gibson. :yesway:
     
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    because: bolt ons
     
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    They're highly fixable modular 65yo designs that have had affordable options for a long time.

    They're also quite utilitarian and lack exquisite embellishments.

    The idea of a Fender-as-a-prize-collectible that could be shockingly expensive and gets stored behind glass is fairly recent.

    Historically, they've been the Ford trucks of guitars. People use em, heavily and a lot, and they hold up pretty well, but nobody frets the scratches. They accumulate wear and tear, often for generations.


    PS also, the very old finishes were quite fragile
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Cause no one cares about them! :lol:
     
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    cuz they r not a pointy guitar ,because inkskirt stankskirt uses them ,cuz even people who like them ,don't like em that much ,cuz they suxorrrrzzzz. so there .
    pointy guitars ftw

    IMG_2766 (Mobile).JPG :applause:
     
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    I'm sorry, but Ibanez Shovel = Pointy???

    Error. Does not compute.

    Srsly, my brain files it under least-pointy-guitar-ever
     
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    Where’s the V ?
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    They are played more than the prestige LP’s ?
    I love my fenders, but right now they hardly ever go back in the case, but my LP’s do.
    Cheers
     
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    You cant treat a Gibson like a fender or you will break the headstock

    Fenders are like tanks you really cant mess them up like a Gibson

    Yeah the Gibsons sound better but they are much more fragile IMO

    Everything on a Fender is replaceable

    Recording, studio, sound quality = Gibson

    On the road, touring gigging, bashing around = Fender

    Thats my opinion
     
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    Because tone junky’s get stoned on those single coils and neck profiles jumbo frets . The strat is built to play not to look at
     
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    Nice guitars!
     
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    You can beat someone with it and it won't break. It's an "instrumental weapon".
     
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    Because if it fits not sounding good then it fits not looking good. With a strat there is that intrinsic harmony.
     
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    The G string stays in tune after a week of sliding across the floorboard of my car. I don't need cases for my Strats.
     
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    Interesting responses - thanks :)

    I just thought it was an interesting observation. I'm not one of those guys that has to have every scratch or dent fixed, but I do like to take care of my gear. Whether it's my $250 Ibanez AX or my $3K PRS, it doesn't matter. I treat them all the same.

    I see these guys playing a beat to crap Strat, finish rubbed off to bare wood, dents, chips, etc., and I say to myself that thing must play like butter. If not, I personally wouldn't be using it. But again, that's just me.
     
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    Sacriledge , blasephmy , Let them out of the case . Don't imprison them .:scratch:
     
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    Oh they get played alright, but they go back into their protective cases.
    Cheers
     
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    Ok, I cant say anything then as you are doing right by them !
     
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    :cheers:
    :shred2::shred:
    :slash: :cheers:
    Cheers
     
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