Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Do you put your guitars back into the case after playing/take the strap off?
When a strap gets really old, then replace it.
Putting an electric guitar in case or on wall or stand is simply a preference as is keeping strap on or off. I have had over 60 guitars and I have used all different permutations of this.
Sure, it makes sense to always case any nice acoustic or full hollowbody archtop, but on solidbody just put it where you are happy, with or without strap.
If you have something delicate or vintage and it's a solidbody, then yes, take off strap, and put it in case. Also wipe down such a guitar after using it each time, too. Even a nice vintage reissue, like a nitro finished but otherwise perfect replica of Fender Mary Kaye which I have been keen on should always be put in case. That finish, even while on something as indestructible as a strat, has a notorious reputation for cracking and chipping and while inevitable, one like that deserves to be wiped down, unstrapped, and put in case when not in use. Also the delicate gold hardware can easily get rubbed off and corroded from underneath, so it makes sense to treat this Custom Shop Fender almost as if it was a real Mary Kaye since there are just as few as the reissues out there. For the defense of Ibanez, they have always put on a very generous and hardy layer(s) of gold when it's a gold plated set of hardware and they don't skimp on it like Fender and Gibson tend to do. When you see gold plated hardware on a Fender or Gibson and it's been in the store for a few months, you can see it wear down to base metal!
While not the case on most Ibanezes I have seen, save some really old ones, the nitro finish where a strap rubs on can damage the finish on the horns and butt end where it comes in contact with. In some weird instances, but I have only seen this on Gibson, the black or brown dyed leather on the strap can react with the finish on the guitar and cause discoloration. This can also happen with some stands and Gibsons where the nitro finish gets eaten into from the plastic or rubber on the stand. The Gibson dealer near me puts all their guitars on hanging, leather covered stands to avoid issues with nitro. The '70s Ibanezes with nitro finishes should be similarly respected against leather dye on straps and rubber and plastic covering on stands.
Anyway on any guitar, if there is any doubt then ask somebody who has either had a lot of guitars for a lot of years, or a dealer who has been through the seasons. No question is too stupid, but in the case of your Ibanez solidbody, don't worry about the strap or strap buttons too much and every now and then tighten down screws and replace straps. If you are worried about dings, you will get those if you play your guitar a lot and gig and record like I used to do.
At the end of the day, save the vintage investments though, a guitar is simply a tool to be there for you to create to express yourself. The guitar serves you and never the other way around. The icing on the cake is if you go the extra mile to get paid or to record your work but that's still not a requirement. The only requirement is to ENJOY.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 04-08-2013 at 12:22 PM.