Is relic'ing a fad, or is it here to stay?

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  1. GuitarDrummer

    GuitarDrummer Always learning more...

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    $50k? Only if it has a spoiler [hehe]
     
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  2. Elliot

    Elliot Still a New Member

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    Its a really smart move to buy one, you could forever say it was mint, especially with a refret.
     
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  3. stratlanta

    stratlanta How do brushstroke birds fly?

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    Ha yeah, I mean, I had a relic tele that I had for sale that DID have one nitro finish crack that wasn't there when I bought it. It presented certain complications when trying to describe the cosmetic condition.. haha.
     
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    starscream67 New Member

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    Exactly this!
     
  5. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    So...no, I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. In hindsight, there's actually two distinctions I was trying to make. The first was the art of the relic vs. natural wear; the second was the art of the relic vs. an amateur hack job.

    The art of the relic is just that, an art -- I've heard they use anything from bead blasting to weed whackers to a bunch of other creative processes. The art comes in not doing too much damage in any one particular place -- no large gouges, no splinters, nothing broken and reglued. While I don't appreciate this, I just want to acknowledge that those interested should seek professional help (snicker), and not try to do it themselves...

    ...unless of course, doing it themselves means just playing the guitar and letting time pass, which is what I refer to as natural wear.

    And no, it doesn't affect the sound at all, it's purely cosmetic. IMHO, YMMV, YOLO, TGIF, LOLlers...
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Someone needs to buy me. I'm a relic.
     
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  7. QuiltTop319

    QuiltTop319 New Member

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    If its going to relic'd, I rather have it a result of my playing it!
     
  8. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    My opinions are so strong on this topic that I dare not state them in public so as not to offend anyone who intentionally marks up a new guitar, much less, pays more for it....
    I don't spend $50Gs for a new car and then take the sandpaper and hammer to it. So I certainly wouldn't consider doing the same thing to a new guitar. But paying more for it.... that's where my thoughts become offensive to some. LOL
     
  9. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    WTH???? Majority???? NFW...
     
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  10. Atomic

    Atomic Who Dat

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    Bro, I'm with ya and all but after the last two messages you kinda earned this one.:D

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    I dont care for it. I dont look for it. Yet i do have a couple that have great tone.
     
  13. Elliot

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    The only "relic'd" guitar I'd love to have is an Andy Summers Signature Telecaster - otherwise I'm with the majority opinion, it's silly. No one has mentioned the elusive "mojo". Do they add mojo to the guitar when they relic it? How? (insert sarcasm emoticon here).

    walrus
     
  15. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Glen Hansard's Takamine has honest wear...

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  16. GuitarDrummer

    GuitarDrummer Always learning more...

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  17. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    Everybody else may be too polite to ask, so I'll do it... Does that guitar actually still sound good? It looks like there's not enough of it left to still guitar!
     
  18. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    They're doing the relic job for precisely that reason -- to put (ersatz) mojo into the guitar.
     
  19. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    I won't tell you that your beans aren't boiling, but that particular treatment bakes my noodle -- I don't get it. How many of those ever actually occurred of natural causes? Sure, some substandard bursts probably got painted over back in the day so the factory didn't have to write off the body. But I'll wager a bottle of your favorite beverage that there are more of those "relics" on Willcutt's site right now than went out into the world and genuinely wore that way in the 20th century.
     
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  20. GuitarDrummer

    GuitarDrummer Always learning more...

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    I have to admit that I've never heard of Glen Hansard until just now. But all this talk of beans and noodles has me hungry now.
     

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