The Dumbest Guitar-related Thing I Ever Did

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  1. Tyrannocaster

    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Watching the TV while changing the strings. One time I tried doing this and I got so caught up in what I was watching that I wound the pegwinder the wrong way, tightening the string instead of loosening it. This shouldn’t be a big deal - all that will happen is that the string will break, right? - but in my case, it broke (it was an unwound string) and the end of the string went through one of my fingers and embedded its end into the fingerboard. I had to use pliers to pull it out of the board, then I had to get it out of my finger. Oh, there are all sorts of bad outcomes I can see here! But I cleaned it up as well as I could and luckily, it didn’t get infected. Guitar strings are not the world's most sterile objects, especially old ones, LOL.

    I’m sure there are worse stories out there, though.
     
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    stevebway Well-Known Member

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    My Bad One : Was putting my Gretsch in storage for several months. Put foam rubber in the case to prevent movement. Chemical reaction between Nitro and foam destroyed the finish of the guitar.
     
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    Holy cow. Glad you'll be okay.

    I broke a cheap Floyd copy by over-tightening the unhardened screws.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Ouch. I have had similar things happen, but luckily not to a precious item. So I would probably not make that particular mistake. But there are lots of others still to make! :)
     
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    I once sold a Marshal AVT50 to Manny's on 48 Street for, I don't remember, maybe $40? It was some ridiculous price. I'd lugged it all the way down there and didn't want to carry it back home. Damn was I stupid. Sure wish I had that amp now.

    Then there was the time I traded a Laney 100 watt 1/2 stack for a black leather jacket and bus fare.
     
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    I'd been up all night, was tired and groggy, and trying to replace the 5th string on an acoustic. Supposed to be on stage in a few minutes.

    Tune to A. SNAP! Mutter. Put another one on.
    Tune to A. SNAP! What the?! Put another one on.
    Tune to A. SNAP! !#@%

    Stared at the guitar and broke strings and packaging for a good few minutes before I realized I'd been putting on D strings...
     
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    I feel so cleansed admitting what a moron i am...
     
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    Putting cubic zirconia fret markers into a rosewood fretboard - inspired stupidity

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    Stupidity with such class is almost forgivable. It is forgivable...
    ( you weren't kidding)
     
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    I bought a used guitar from a local brick and mortar so I could ship it to a fellow AGF’er in Cali (aka, @dspellman). I arrived home an hour or two later than promised/expected. I was consequently greeted in our driveway by my pregnant wife... who was doubled over with contractions.

    Lesson learned: there are certain extended blocks of time in your life when you should not prioritize any guitar related activities.

    Everything worked out fine and my wife conveniently forgot how disappointed she was with me on the way to the hospital that particular day.
     
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    I haven't admitted this to anyone but my wife but here goes (not catholic but I feel like I'm entering a confession booth!). I was attempting to adjust the truss rod on an early 70s Gibson bass that had obviously not been touched in decades and in my haste (I have the patience of a fruit fly), rather than finesse it, I applied way too much torque and snapped the nut off the end of the rod. I basically cut the value of a vintage bass almost in half within seconds and felt like the biggest moron on the planet. :flushed:
     
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    Bought a 1965 Wilshire like this for $150:
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    Played it so much, i wore the frets out and traded it for this with the other guitarist in my band:
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    A week later I told my bandmate I wanted it back and he said he sold it to a drummer we knew who would never part with it. By the late 90's these Wilshires were selling over $8K. They have come down to the $2K rage lately, but that was one sweet playing and sounding guitar.

    Total remorse.

    I also traded a double neck with EMGs (I hand-made: 12 string SG over a Strat) for a brand new 1985 Ibanez George Benson, because it had neck dive. Dummy me was using a <2" strap. That double neck played like butter and sounded fantastic. I am always looking for that one as well!
     
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    Receiving and opening a museum quality pearl white '84 Gibson LP Studio (original strings!) fresh off the UPS truck - in mid-January, New England.

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    Tuning a D string down to A shouldn't break it. Were you trying to tune it to A220?
     
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    Either that or I'm mixing the strings up. Might have been putting on an A string and trying to tune to D. Like I said, I was groggy.
     
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    Left an old original '60's Fender Bassman full stack in pieces at my folks basement and there was a sewage flood. Also lost was the Jaguar made from mahogany that I built with my grandfather for a physics project.

    Everything is still on my floor in my basement....still havent learned
     
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    This is great fun.
     
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    Is that what happened? I had no idea!
     
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    I guess that I should start with the $2.00 looper I just sold. It only gets worse.
     

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