But anyways, everyone would always dress up their guitars with stickers. As in, cheap band stickers you would get at punk shows, at Hot Topic or at a real punk boutique, etc. etc.
Hey, what else were they gonna do? Not like they could take it into a fancy custom shop and get it painted up the way they wanted. Nor was it worth the do-it-yourself effort for your bottom-level cheap-o knockoff guitar, although every once in a while some weirdo would try and do something along those lines.
...and since I just put yet another sticker on top of my kitchen table (I got it from Walmart and it's made of plastic so it's not like I'm [bleep]ing up heirloom walnut or anything), I was flooded with memories, and then had this thought....
Does having your guitar plastered with stickers foul up the tone?
Well, with cheap guitars like that - and of course, with the brand of puke they were playing on them - it probably didn't matter much. Not to mention the bombed-out pawnshop amps. And obviously they didn't care about the finish... I mean, scratches, gouges, dents, burrs, etc. were "battle scars" unless you put them in yourself on purpose. :D
But what happens if you put a bunch of stickers on your $3,000 Les Paul Custom? Or on your $5,000 Paul Reed Smith?
Not that anyone in their right mind would do that to such a guitar. I mean, hypothetically... what would happen. I mean, could vandals break into your house, bust open your guitar case and plaster your $1,500 Paul Johnson sig. edition Fender Strat with stickers and foul up its tone for ever and ever more?
Well, what happens? Would just one sticker foul it up? Or would you have to plaster on like a four millimeter thick layer of them? Or what?
Stupid question, I know. :D