63, Thanks for your offer, I would be curious to what they say.
I agree with your asessement of playing the PRM. I kind of feel that the Chromeboys, PRM's, Black Dogs, Krystal Planets, EVO replica, UV77RE's and the like were not necessarily built to be played, they were built for the collector market. Out of the guitars I listed, the Chromeboys are the closest to a non-collector production #, there are over 500 of those, and there are some that are played and some not because they are so unique and rare. Rich and were talking once about the Black Dogs and he said it would be one of the best guitars I have ever played because of who built it but even then, you couldn't play without damaging it because the pickups, switch tip, trem bar and trem are all painted with no clear.
As far as lighting goes, the drapes are closed most times as I usually only get into my music room at night but might open them on the weekends, the window to my room though does not get a lot of direct sunlight due to the side of the house it is on.
Anyone who has gotten a guitar from me, and that list is adding up, knows that I take good care of my stuff. I can only remember dinging 1 guitar I owned, the Strat Deluxe I had which fell over as I was taking pictures of it. They may have some pick scratches but I am just careful, I dont leave the house with them and my friends are careful if they play them. Luckily the one time a friend lifted one up over his head to get the strap off hit the fan on the tuning peg side. I even think the one 2mm ding on the Herc came from the tech who set it up. Saying that, I could not live with myself if I scratched or dinged the PRM. I bought it near perfect for a reason, if I wanted a player, I would have bought a player. I cant control what others do though but I can keep this one looking like new. This isn't the 60's when baseball cards were used to make noise on a kids bike wheel and noone knew that the 9 Hemi Cuda Convertibles built would someday fetch a million dollars.
It's a different world, truly collector stuff is built as just that now.
First off, don't worry about dings and while they hurt the value the big culprit you will have to worry about is the wood swelling and contracting over the years and cracking the finish. Get a flight case.
I talked to the store, and they have $350,000 dollar guitars in there so they know rare gear. Fortunately, you can play a 1959 Les Paul because they don't have anything super delicate. It can be a player, too.
However, certain stuff like old Gretsch guitars that used the old glue for neck that deteriorates after 20 years or some very, very thin scalloped pre-war Martins should never be out of the case. They are squarely in the collectors market and are not "players". Your guitar is a collector's piece and while it may play fine, the entire value is dependent on its rarity and the increasingly extreme rarity of your model in good, uncracked shape.
While the light is a factor, the real factor I found out is the temperature changes and humidity changes. The high end vintage store rents an old bank and they keep the expensive and delicate ones in a back vault! Your guitar should find a permanent home in a flight case where you can control temperature and humidity. You can't do that in a room, at any cost good enough for something as delicate as your guitar. It's delicate because it's a finish not meant to be on wood. It's too stiff and won't flow with swelling. It's one thing, and OK, for brittle nitro to crack and that won't affect worth that much (though a non cracked pre CBS Fender will bring a lot). Poly moves well with swelling but chrome does not. For some reason the pigment in what appears to be anything silver is also a little too brittle for wood.
I understand chrome working well for a stationary object made out of metal or plastic like one poster mentioned, but wood swells and contracts daily to even the smallest changes.
You will find others who don't own your guitar, and have not put money into it, who think it's fine to just leave it out, gig with it, and play it. It's not their loss when your guitar takes a 50% percent dive in value for finish cracking due to swelling and contacting.
Before I was a player I spent ten years collecting rare stuff. When I became a player I used a different set of gear since I knew better. Collectors are one type of person and players are another and neither is right or wrong, just different.
Even very wealthy players, Jimmy Page included, can have tremendous respect for something in original condition. His #1 1958-60 era sunburst Les Paul has all original frets and only the very worst have had the least possible amount of crown work done. In no case will he refret it. The guitars with original frets not only were the ones put on at Gibson factory in the 1950s in that company's heyday, but they were the frets that were on the guitar on many famous Led Zep recordings. If he wants a smooth player, all he has to do is pull a non-collectible Les Paul from his collection and play that.
I think SKB makes a good flight case that controls conditions inside. Your guitar, not only delicate but rare, deserves it and a couple hundred bucks is the best money you will ever spend on it. If you leave it out, like on the rare Fender silver anniversary guitar, it will fall victim to the inevitable temperature and humidity changes. You know what your chrome boy looks like, so case it and keep it pristine for the world, and for the next owner and generations of owners after you. I refretted one of my vintage pieces, '65 transition tele with very rare non-L serial and slab board but with early logo, and back then when I went from collector to player and that swift move cost me more than your chrome boy is worth. I also had a fake, sued to hell Coca-Cola product and I stupidly sold that thinking it can't be worth anything because it wasn't real. I found out later that the specific item I had, being fake, was rare due to early lawsuit stopping the fake, and today that thing fetches as much as a used car.
I have not seen a chrome boy without some finish issues or the beginnings of one, and I would get a flight case this week!
I hope my musings as former collector, who has learned for costly mistakes totaling tens of thousands of dollars, helps you.