Exactly.Safest place is always going to be the case, unless it’s one of those G-brand cases that turn your binding pink. Most all of the dings on my guitars were put there by me, while playing them... the reason they were purchased. I’m not trying to protect them from their nemesis because he is, apparently, me.
My first PRS was my Pauls. I now have 4 PRS (out of a total of 11-12 guitars). It is still my fav and I'm 93.7% certain it will always be. I bought it used but it was mint. In the place we used to live my office/music room was second floor north side of house. And in the coldest winter days I had to run a little space heater. Not really, but it seems, every time I played a guitar I would somehow turn, or do something, to slam my guitar into that damn heater.
My once mint Pauls now has all sorts of dings to document my playing time. But I bought it to play it. Have I probably hurt its resale value? Little doubt. Would I trade my playing time with it with a return of it to mint condition/value? Never.