Relic faking..some going a bit too far?

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by sbalfor, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Meister

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    Fake relic-ing = The practice of bullying guitars into looking older than they are .

    Its fake news !
     
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  2. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable Squier-holic

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    It's been going too far for years now. What are you gonna do? Put your head down and play, ignore the other guy...
     
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  3. Rollmeaway

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    I reckon if anyone was gonna know where a well played guitar had wear marks, Mayer would be high on the list. Ya think?
     
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  4. Bailey1214

    Bailey1214 Squier-Meister

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    Yep. Some relics are well done, not only for looks but also get well worn in feel, like shoes that have molded to you feet. Some look like someone had too much time and sandpaper(and maybe a beer or two).
     
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  5. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-Nut

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    Part of the problem is that most modern guitars don't age the way old guitars did. All the playing in the world won't result in the look we've become accustomed to. Ironically, the finish on cheap guitars built today will NEVER wear off, so what's a player to do if they want their guitar to resemble their hero's? Had guitars in 1958 been painted with today's advanced polymers, nobody would want to "relic" their guitar.
     
  6. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Squier-Meister

    I'd say even old guitars don't age that way either.

    This is a genuine 1966 Tele that I did a bit of work on a couple of years ago

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    This guitar has been gigged very regularly, and has real wear. As you can see, it is in remarkably good nick.

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    Mind you I relic'ed my Baja the other week, it fell out of the trunk of a car and the thick gig bag didn't entirely protect it!

    [​IMG]
     
  7. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-Nut

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    Mike Watt gave Nels Cline this beauty of a Jazzmaster. What a gift! [​IMG]
     
  8. MrSinister

    MrSinister Squier-Meister

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    As far as manufacturers go, the relic trend is pretty much over. I saw a Phil McKnight vid he did at Namm 2017
    and he found maybe one or two reliced guitars on display. I remember seeing a Joe Strummer Tele at a local music shop and the relicing on it looked overtly intentional. Never really understood the trend myself. If you want a guitar that will relic over time, nitrocellulose finish is the way to go.
     
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  9. Wizzer

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    That Strummer one didn't make sense to me when I saw it. I think it was intentional to make it "badly" reliced, since it's mass-produced and not a Custom Shop model.
     
  10. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

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    I was just on the MF site and some of the Fender custom shop relics are very badly overdone.
     
  11. squier-esquire

    squier-esquire Squier-holic

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    There’s a guy on YouTube (8 ball customs I think), he builds Les Pauls with nitro, ages them to make look more played and authentic. Not really reliced. If that makes sense.
     
  12. MrSinister

    MrSinister Squier-Meister

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    If badly reliced was their intention, I think they nailed it.
     
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  13. sbalfor

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    relic.jpg

    Maybe it's just me, but I think they went too far on this one. Looks more like a barn door than a guitar.
    A guitar built from reclaimed wood.
     
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  14. sbalfor

    sbalfor Squier Talker

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    Over relic.jpg

    $800 dollars for the guitar, $3000 for the rusted hardware!
     
  15. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

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    Here is my authentically relic’d Ibanez Iceman. I don’t know if it’s from player wear or a very angry person who own this guitar that liked to beat on it or he was just very enthusiastic in his playing (throwing it in the air and not catching it).

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  16. Photobug57

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    What hole of water did they “wash” those in? Man, I know guitars age but these guys look more abused than road-worn!
     
  17. LDS714

    LDS714 Squier-Meister

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    I have two reliced instruments. A '72 P-Bass and a '74 Ric 4001.

    I must suck at relicing, because it's taken decades and they're still not as reliced as a lot of new instruments...
     
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  18. TheKurdtz

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    i still think that that is one of the coolest guitars i have ever seen
     
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  19. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Meister

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    I recently went into a shop near where I live. There was what appeared to be an old worn Strat hanging up for 5k. I asked the guy what year it was and he said it was fairly new and had been reliced.


    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:<<<<<------------- my response :)
     
  20. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

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    Maybe it lets the guitar breathe better...not being fettered with all that paint?


    No I'm not serious...