Yeah, once they're scarred, I find it easier to let loose and not worry about the little dings, dinks, or whatever. I've had my VWH for almost three years now, and it still does'nt have a scratch or any nicks. Also no pick scratches, the plastic is still on the guards. It does however, show a little wear on the upper saddles of the trem. The other night at practice, our singer wanted to play my 90th. So, I let him. Halfway through the tune, I noticed the bottom horn of the guitar was touching the mic stand. WHOA!!! Watch w.t.f. you're doing there pal. No damage occurred, but I quickly took my guitar back.
This also reminds me of my Les Paul incident. A friend wanted to swap his Strat for my Paul, for a couple of days. When I got it back, it had belt buckle indentations on the back. After that, I was much more relaxed with that guitar. This also led to a roadie climbing on stage with it only to whack it against a monitor. A nice one inch gouge, completely through the finish, deep into the wood.