Friends Don't Let Friends Relic Guitars

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  1. Beyer160

    Beyer160 Well-Known Member

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    Found this beauty on Craigslist:

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    The real tragedy is that this guy is only asking $80 for this masterpiece.
     
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    Razzle Well-Known Member

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    Geez Louise
     
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    I guess some people get the artsy part of that, to each his own.

    "Distressed" home furnishings are all the rage.
    We had that when I was a kid; we were f*cking poor.

    To me it beyond f*cking stupid.
     
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    Looks like they were going for the Tom Morello burn thing.

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    I had that guitar. It had one of the nicest hues of golds than any other China guits imo.
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    The sparkle was more subtle than the pics let on. Outdoors really made it light up.
     
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    Got a little too close to the campfire?
     
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    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    ruined the guitar imo
     
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    In not in to relicing guitars but I don't mind the look if done right. I'll NEVER play my guitar enough in varying conditions to do it naturally. But u prefer my guitars, like ladies, to be pretty. That said, I don't think that actually classifies as a relic job...hiw could those wear patterns occur naturally? That one is just stupid...
     
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    The heinous nature of this crime deserves the most serious of punishments. That'll be ten lashes with a frozen garden hose.
     
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    That's not "relicing" that's straight up abuse. My guitars get relic'ed through use, especially live. I have small chips and dents in most of them. Not sure where most of them came from, though.
     
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    Kids these days...........
     
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    Project bones!

    Where's my mouse?
     
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    I don't mind a little relic,
    but when it starts to look like your guitar finish has a Flesh Eating disease....you've gone to far
     
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    Wow! That looks just like a 50 year old Oscar Schmidt LP... And you don't see many of those around! :)
     
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    Related, on a rare occasion my wife followed me into the Bridgeton MO GC last Saturday. I needed a wall hangar and wanted to poke around. I took her into the 'expensive electric' room and there she first witnessed Fender Custom Shop relics. $4K to $6K price tags. One specifically was a really bad Stratocaster with a 'refinished in blue metal flake' over a torn-up Sunburst and then partially peeled off.

    Wife: "OMG. $6 grand for that used POS. Is it really old or did someone famous own it?"

    Me after reading the serial number: "No, it is being sold as new."

    Wife: "What happened to it? Did it get damaged in shipping?"

    Me: "It is called a relic. It is the builder's interpretation of what a well played guitar would look like. That is deliberate."

    Wife: "That looks like smacked-a$$. It doesn't look like player's wear. It looks like someone let their kid play with the power tools on it. Do people actually buy these?"

    Me after wiping my finger on the cutaway and having a layer of grey dust on my finger tip: "These are very popular with blind people... (Wife looks at me sideways) - seriously, not many people really want these. This serial number suggests it is a few years old already."

    The only deliberate relic-ing I am impressed with is the type where someone like Dan Earlwine fixes a pre-war Martin and makes the fix look like the rest of the guitar. Even the Tom Murphy 'closet-classic' aging looks fake up close. You can cause nitor finish to craze and crack by subjecting it to heat and cold. But to get that real 15 to 50 year old look, the nitro needs to break down and out-gass to a thin, dull gloss.

    As many AGF people have said over the years: if you want a perfectly relic'd guitar follow these steps:
    1.) Substitute the urge to relic your guitar with practice time.
    2.) Play out and have fun.
    3.) Obsess about keeping the guitar pristine. That guarantees something will happen to ding it.
     
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    You forgot the first step
    0.) Go back in time and buy a 50 or 60's nitro finished guitar then play it for 30 years.
    Or better go back to the 70's after its been played for 20 years and buy it out of the pennysaver before Clapton and Perry and Bonomassa buy it and put it in a vault in their mansion. Then Play that nitro finished classic as it wears naturally.
    No amout of blay can cause this type of aging but it is what happens over its life being used.
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    This is 20 years of real wear on poly but I don't find it particularly attractive.
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    This is real player wear from 20+ years of playing
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    This is also real wear but it only showed because it was stripped of its poly finish 30 years ago.
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    I had a friend who saw my LP Standard faded and wanted to copy the "vibe." He then proceeded to have it "relic'd" (though mine wasn't relic, just faded and unfinished).

    It was a brand new Gibson Les Paul Standard and he PAID a guy to do it.

    I don't get the whole relic deal. I do my best to try and keep my guitars new or as clean looking as possible. Marks and blemishes bug me but unavoidable. Never muck my gear up on purpose.

    Only reason why I got a faded vs a plain standard is because it was cheaper.

    Love my faded tho.

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    Ah, more evidence that Tom Morello is a dumbass.
     
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    I can handle light relic work but would never pay for it. Whoever did this one really got carried away and would never sell it to me.
     

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