When I got my Jem a couple weeks ago I still found myself going back to my old Strat when I would sit down to play. Then after playing the strat for an hour or so I'd break out the Jem.
LOTS of memories with that Strat....
I've been out of town and brought the Jem with me to noodle on in the hotel room (no lewd comments!). Well this afternoon I got home and picked up the Strat and you know what? Something was missing.
It felt different. It wasn't as easy to play. It didn't scream with harmonics right when I wanted it to. And, it just looked like an old beat up guitar.
Some would say that it's because I got used to the Jem, the harmonics come out at a different position, etc etc but I think it's becuase I'm becoming more attached to it. It's not quite as 'new' now and I'm learning the secrets to making it purr. The Jem is very pretty, and the Strat is feeling it's age.
haha this post is making me laugh but here's my point- I DO think there's something to be said for an older instrument being broken in, but I think it's more that the owner is broken in to it. In time you're going to learn the ways of your new one and eventually you'll have two guitars (or 4 or 12) and as many techniques for bringing out the best in each. That's when people will say Man! That guy could make a fishing line tangled piece of driftwood sound good!