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COLUMN Acousticville
For most enthusiasts, myself included, bad repairs are the most
serious form of dishonest wear. I've seen some so badly done that
undoing them would involve major "surgery," often with no guarantee
of favorable results. Common bad repairs include oversized bridge
replacements, bad angles on neck resets, sloppy crack repairs done
with the wrong materials, bridges shaved to lower the action (rather
than a proper neck reset), replacement tuners with oversized holes,
re-tops, and last but not least, poor-quality refinishes.
From the 1930s until the '60s, it was common for Martin and Gibson
to touch-up a guitar's finish when it was sent back to the factory for
repair. In some cases, they'd do a complete refinish if a top showed
wear. Today, we're determined to keep an original finish unless it is
severely compromised, but in the '60s and '70s, many Strats, Teles,
and Les Pauls had finishes stripped and replaced merely because
they showed "excessive" wear. In 1975, I did it to a '64 sunburst Strat
because I wanted a natural finish. I later sold the guitar to a dealer
who then applied Shoreline Gold. These days, the commonly held
opinion is a guitar should be refinished only if it already lacks its
original paint.
In a perfect world, the term "honest wear" would have actual meaning. But until it appears in the New Oxford American Dictionary or
on Wikipedia, it'll continue to trudge along with radically different
meanings depending on the mind of the beholder.
Steven Stone is the editor of Audiophile Review. He has also written for Stereophile,
The Absolute Sound, Creem, and Spin magazines. For relaxation, he plays and collects
guitars and mandolins. His e-mail address is sstone8807@aol.com.

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