What does it take to actually wear through the finish?
On a remotely modern Martin? Somewhat timely question in the age of "Relic" and "aged" guitars actually being a thing these days. I noticed that Seth Avett has already worn through the finish on at least one of his new signature D-35s, which at the time couldn't be more than what, a couple years old and rotated between an entire quiver of other guitars. I've played the hell out of my SAD-35 and there is absolutely no chance of wearing literally through the finish on this guitar, at this rate, in another 10 years.
Further, my 2008 HD-28V has been played for almost 10 years now. Sure, not gigging it every day but it plays several times a week and I play hard, with a pick. Again, not a chance of wearing through the finish.
Lastly I present my 1996 D-1 which I bought new. 21 years of play. 4 years in a smoky college dorm or apartment, lots of gigs, never put in a case. Has a hole in the top from an errant dart. That guitar, which has a VERY thin matte finish and I absolutely played the SPIT out of is JUST BARELY showing some finish wear above the soundhole and on the bottom of the soundhole. Barely.
I used to wonder the same thing on maple Strat fretboards. NFW a human could actually wear scallops into that fretboard but yet you see it all the time.
2008 HD-28V, 1996 D-1 with Gold+ pickup, 1965 Gibson LGO, 1993 Gibson LP Studio