Martin Factory Refinish:
I have read old threads on the UFMG about refinishing harming not only resale value of the guitar but tone as well, mostly applied to the values of vintage guitars. My question is: If a modern guitar should for whatever reason need to be refinished, and the job is done by C.F. Martin and Co. then is the guitar harmed, and or is the resale value diminished? Will the binding start to crack after a while as indicated on past threads on vintage guitars, or does the modern binding hold up to a refinish? From what I've read, factory refinishing involves the removal of the neck, bridge, and binding in order to properly refinish the body. Is the old binding then re-installed or is new binding used? What of the purfling, is it replaced during a factory refinish? If it isn't does that deteriorate as well during a refinish? Is this a situation where one should one simply toss an expensive guitar in the nearest dumpster, rather than refinishing it? There are certain criteria where a guitar simply must be refinished or it becomes unusable, a dilemma for certain for one who is caught in this situation.