GW article "How guitar relic'ing took over the world"

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  1. Louis Cypher

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    It didn't......
     
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    At first, I was skeptical of the whole fad, but I’ve come around on it. I really love it I don’t care if it’s not genuine. What it is is simply a different way to finish a guitar. Heck, I’m considering relic jobs for a couple of builds I’m working on. Why not? I’m just astounded by just how REAL relicking can look. Some true artists out there.
     
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    BlackSG91 Loves Black Guitars

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    Almost 10 years ago or so relicing was considered a joke among the guitar community. People thought it was a fad...how times have changed.:agreed:


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    Manufacturers must LOVE being able to sell at a markup products that would normally fail any level of QC check whatsoever

    Yes they do intentionally put more or less matching major scuffs on to make them uniform, but surely more modular builders like Fender send the paint shop's bstock and fails to the relicing department
     
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    - It just depends on how it looks. Some look great and some look silly.
    - I did a 6 string LP style guitar before I knew relicing was a thing. It's a little overboard but I wasn't trying for anything. Just something better than it was, which was a flat park bench brown color, yuk. It's much better now. I call it weathered black. I just had fun with fucking it up really good. Half ass sanded the brown not totally off, stained it with ebony wood stain, then painted it gloss black, and fucked it up with an orbital sander! It was fun : )
    - I got it for $40 from a junk shop. It had a split neck and was in pieces. I just put it together and glued and clamped the neck. The tone knobs don't work and it hums and needs a new nut so it will stay in tune. I really like the 3 way toggle where it is behind the bridge compared to the normal one on the horn. I think it's just some home made guitar or something. - What's fucking funny is that I actually like how it plays better than my freinds dads original old school Black Beauty Les Paul! It actually feels and plays really nice. Like, really nice. Comfortable af.

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    I see relicing as just another finish option.
    Some I like some I don't.
    In my opinion, relic jobs look silly on anything other than a fender or gibson.

    There's also varying degree of quality when it comes to relicing. Fender are really good at it, gibson aren't great, and suhr is just aweful.
     
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    Humbuck Can't stop, won't stop

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    It's just a finish option.
     
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    It was a (bad) joke at first... but now it’s become legit. Especially the cracked nitrocellulose finishes and the scrubbed back of the necks.

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    (only flaw is I wish the back of neck was gradual and not so fake looking)
     
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    My 89 Tracer LT either with natural wear over 40 years or relic'ing... don't know what original owner(s) did.

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    weirdly that is one of the things that is just wrong with relicing to make them look old, that fender especially do.
    I've never seen a vintage strat or tele with all the finish off the back of the neck, all the ones i've seen have some wear but are still really shiny.
     
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    A relic thread and no mention of MJT. For shame.
     
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    Forkface Feast on this.

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    i approach relic'd guitars the same way i approach swirls.
    most of them suck and i keep thinking i would get neither, but there really is some dudes out there who can nail the finish.
    check out Ron Thorn's IG page, some very tasteful relic'ing on the masterbuilt fenders.

    i think part of the allure is the fact that due to new materials, paint types and processes, etc. natural occurring relic is harder and harder to achieve. i had like a 90's squier at some point when i was touring and it took its toll on it. but i didn't look like below, cause new paint doesn't fade. just looked like someone went at it with a screwdriver

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    for relicing to look 'good' you need a nitro finish.
    And even then there are plenty of old guitars that are nitro and used and don't have that much wear on them.

    The thickness of the finish on vintage fenders ranges quite a lot, some were quite thick, and other were very thin with no top coats. and as early as the late 60's fender were already starting to use polyester finishes.
     
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    I think the back of neck isn't supposed to look worn so much as that someone went to town with sandpaper to get rid of the nitro lacquer and make it smooth.
     
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    I've had a couple of MJT bodies and the relic work is fantastic. As far as the brand names I agree that Fender is the only brand who really knows what they're doing. End of the day it has come to be recognised as a genuine finish option and it is big business. Personally I am a huge fan of the look, especially on a Fender Strat.

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    I also love the White Lighting custom shop models too
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Always was a fan of Fender's MiM Road Worn series. Compared to a lot of worn guitars, theirs just seem more tastefully done.

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    I also think ESP did a Vintage Plus Strat that was relic'd and done more tastefully like this.
     
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    Ibanez's older pre-Prestige solid finishes can relic themselves. Its not a feature AFAIK.
     
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    I believe using reclaimed woods is a better approach.

    I want one:

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