Food for thought, really. There are people out there who take pride in keeping a guitar that ripens with age. We keep reading of how people feel accomplished having owned a '62 Strat or a '57 Les Paul. But these people are buying these gems for keeps. Oh, it's an investment, they said. Nothing wrong with that but it's a darn waste. These instruments were made to be played. I have more respect for you if you have been playing yours to death & duly retiring it thereafter; it's a deserving retirement.