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matonanjin

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I will say that carrying a McCarty in a Proper PRS case through DFW airport is like lugging around a ball and chain, those cases have to be the heaviest cases out there.

Gawd, isn't that the truth! My Paul's has a beautiful, sturdy tweed case. But going from the house to my car my wife or son has to carry it down the stairs and out to my car for me.
 

CandidPicker

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There are some things that I just don't loan out. Chief, among them, is my wife. Tools and guitars round off the top 3.

I've learned the hard way that people just don't take care of my stuff the way do. I am the kind of guy that returns stuff better than I found it. If I borrow a car, for example, I return it with a full tank. If something I've borrowed gets damaged, I make it right without waiting for my friend(s) to ask me. And I'm sorry to report that I find this to be a rare quality in people (thus my hesitation).

But a colleague is in town for the week and hit me up for a loaner guitar. To my own surprise, I acquiesced. Still surprised I did it. Still a little worked about my guitar.

What is your loaner policy when it comes to guitars?

Revisiting an old post...

I agree with Hans in that folks you typically loan stuff to do not take care of the loaned item as well as you might originally. That is why loaner cars come with an insurance rider that requires that you pay for any damage you cause to the loader vehicle.

You can't do the same with a guitar unless you get it in writing first. Verbal agreements do not apply in a court of law. Some folks you might trust to take care of your prized pieces. The average guy? Perhaps not.
 

matonanjin

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Revisiting an old post...

I agree with Hans in that folks you typically loan stuff to do not take care of the loaned item as well as you might originally. That is why loaner cars come with an insurance rider that requires that you pay for any damage you cause to the loader vehicle.

You can't do the same with a guitar unless you get it in writing first. Verbal agreements do not apply in a court of law. Some folks you might trust to take care of your prized pieces. The average guy? Perhaps not.
I remember a friend of mine always laughing, saying there is no car that can handle or corner quite like a rental car.:eek::rolleyes:
 

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Anyone can play any of my guitars and/or amps when they come to my place to play. I would only allow 1 of my guitars to leave the premises without me. I might consider loaning out a solid state amp, but my tube amps - never.
FYI - I recently donated an amp head and speaker cabinet to the local High School Jazz Band that I really don't use much any more. At some point, I may donate a guitar as well.
 

RickP

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I’ve loaned equipment quite a few times. Rare have been the times the equipment came back in the same condition it left in, and even rarer have been the times it was returned on time. As I write this, I still have a pair of light stands floating around out there from nearly a year ago! And this was to a longtime friend who has promised multiple times to get them back.

It’s taken me to a point that I’m very reluctant to loan anything I can’t just let go of without anger if it never comes home, or if I couldn’t live with damage to it.

There are a couple of people I trust beyond the above standard, but they are very few. Single digit few. One hand counting few. I don’t consider that being possessive or hoardy. It’s responsible stewardship of valuable assets. Adulting, in the current vernacular.
 

veinbuster

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There are plenty of people I would lend my guitars to. One guy in particular likes heavier strings than I generally use so he immediately changes strings, but before he brings it back he changes back and does a setup on it. I started leaving a spare set of strings in all my cases.

But there are also people that I have a look but don’t touch policy with for some of the guitars.
 

Spleksi

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Sure! I never give my things to anyone unless I am completely sure nothing will happen. The person is responsible enough to understand what they are doing and how they use the thing they borrowed from me.
I can give my lighter to a stranger. Still, I will not give my camera to anyone because most people don’t know how to use a professional camera to get better pics on Instagram.
So, I would not give my things just like that. I need to know the man carefully and look at time. It can be seen right away what the person will do when they get the thing. One time I had even gone to Mortgage Advisor Lincoln because I was punched in the belly by my ex because I did not want to give me the car.
 
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Toolmaster Of Brainerd

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But I’ve loaned some gear to buddies, and it’s come back scratched, dented; the response I got for one guitar when I said, ‘What did you do, this is horribly scratched up’ was, “So what, it’s just a guitar, man”

Must have been a Gibson player trying to relic it for you :p
 

Mike J.

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In all my years of playing I've only had one friend ask if he could borrow my guitars. I serve with him at church and he's a pretty good person. Loaned him my Tele once for a week and about a year later my Les Paul. On both occasions it was because he had to take his guitar in to have some work done. Both guitars already had mild scratches and mild dings so if he added to that it was something I didn't notice.
 
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