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    If you were me what would you do? PTC?

    So this is my most prized PRS "Judith", named after my Mom. A little back story on this guitar. In 1995 I had just graduated HS and I had never had a "real" guitar so as a graduation present my Mother took me to Garrett Park Guitars in Annapolis and told me to choose. I was instantly drawn to this CE-24. I didn't know anything about guitars at all but purple is my favorite color and when I saw her I knew she was the one. I played this guitar at hundreds of shows over the years in various bands, not knowing any better I would leave it in my car after gigs…even in the dead of winter…ugh. In 1998 I noticed it was buzzing everywhere and no matter what I did it didn't help so I drove over to Stevensville to let John Ingram have a look. I sat there nervously in the waiting room like a parent waiting for news on a sick child. When John came back in he had a disappointed look on his face. "Has this guitar been exposed to extreme hot and cold temperature"? He asked. "Holy Sh*i" I thought. I told him about leaving it in the car and he just shook his head and said he would be back in a few minutes with my guitar, he also let me know that this kind of damage was NOT covered under the PRS warranty. I was almost in tears.

    A few minutes later John appeared with my guitar sporting a brand new 24 fret maple neck, the new neck even had the ebony tuner buttons rather than the chrome ones that came with it in 1995. He looked at me and in a stern tone said "don't ever leave your guitar in your car again" and "have a good day kid". I was floored!!! I was just this young guy who screwed up and I was treated like a rock star and charged nothing. John breathed new life into my most prized instrument still to this day. I still play her all the time and the only mod I have done is replace the HFS and VB pups with Dragon I's. This guitar has been played to death and while the frets are practically new the finish has seen better days. So the question is:

    Should I sent her to PTC and have her slicked up with the V12 treatment as well as the new knobs, tuners, etc? Please let me know your thoughts. I've added some pics below before and after I just cleaned her up today




    After I cleaned her up:

    1995 CE24 Maple Top Purple/1999 McCarty Rosewood 10 Top Whale Blue/2011 DGT 10 Top Tobacco Sunburst/ 2011 408 MT Quilt Faded Blue Jean/ 2013 Paul's Guitar Yellow Tiger/2013 Private Stock DC245 Zombie Fade 1 /2007 NOS McCarty Soapbar Brazilian Grandma Hannon Pink

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    If it were just the wear on the body I'd just leave it, it looks superb. But because of the chip in the headstock I think I'd send it off to PTC and have it put back to pristine. Fantastic colour by the way.

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    I'd let it continue to age naturally.

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    I'd leave it, I like the war wounds, and coupled with that great story, it gives it it's own personality.

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    Interesting. My #1's a 1995 CE22. I was drawn to it because I was BORN in '95. I'd keep it as it is if I were you. Nothing beats natural patina.

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    Keep it as it is…every dent is a memory...

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    Leave it alone and keep playing the hell out of it!
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    Yeah, keep it as is and throw the money towards another guitar (or amp!).

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    That is a GREAT story....my first PRS now sports a Bud Davis PTC finish...for me it was about doing something special with it.....either way it's a bitchin guitar!
    -Bob

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    I see nothing wrong with her. Just play it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I'd let it continue to age naturally.
    +1
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    Keep it just like it is.............
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    I'd leave it be.
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    Some folks like worn guitars, and some would like the result of a great restoration.

    If it's me, PTC.
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toothace View Post
    Keep it as it is…every dent is a memory...
    Exactly. Why erase the diary?
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    If you're going to keep playing it, leave it exactly as it is. If you want to put it in a glass case as ornament, have it restored.

    Me, I'd keep her just as she is!

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    I'd leave it as is - people are paying to have guitars reliced - you have got the real thing and those marks are YOUR history not fake - play it with pride
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    I love how it looks.
    Not like the other kids...

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    Wow, somewhat surprised so many saying to


    Many times I kinda feel in the minority there.

    That guitar has a lot of cool history though. I have pretty strong beliefs that those guitars are to be left as they are. If it were unplayable, it would be another story but I say let her

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    Keep it and stick that PTC money in a new guitar account.
    Sh*tter's full

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