Value of Relicing, Heavy Relicing, vs. normal wear and tear.

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  1. bungle

    bungle Senior Member

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    OP would be the original post which is you in this case.:thumb:
     
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    truckermde Senior Member

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    That checking is atrocious!

    Doesn't even look REMOTELY natural...

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    truckermde Senior Member

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    I get it that it's just a finish choice, and I respect everyone's right to have their own opinion about what might make a guitar look cool, but that ad from Reverb posted above that I just referenced is a good example of what makes me roll my eyes, and shake my head:

    According to the ad copy, the guitar was an LP Traditional, which is a budget Lester you can buy all day long for under $1500. But now, because someone executed their version of what wear & tear would look like, they're hoping to get $3700+ for it. (?!?!?!)

    I think that's kooky, but I wouldn't begrudge anyone for having an opposing viewpoint. I'm only commenting because the OP poses the dilemma...
     
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  4. rednefceleb

    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    I have to agree that's not an example of normal, real, nitro checking. No doubt. About the price, of course, that's ridiculous. I do like it though.
     
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  5. rednefceleb

    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    Thanks for your 'like'. It's just that this is the first forum representing a huge brand, that does not have members being terrible to each other. Disagreeing is a peaceful thing between players and should not lead into ego 'wins' & 'losses'. We are all winners. Thanks for your opinion. It's great to be able to practice freedom of speech without fear.
     
  6. NafriZiza

    NafriZiza Junior Member

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    Sometimes stores sell their ex-demo guitars with discounts due to slight dings or blemishes.
    So I guess, the perk of selling reliced guitars is people will never noticed there are extra dings or blemishes on that guitar.
    Haha.
     
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  7. freebyrd 69

    freebyrd 69 Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    What is the point of this thread again? You just wanted to let us know you think relic'd guitars are stupid? Uh, o.k...
     
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  8. Dick Banks

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    I think for every relic'd guitar lover, there is one that tries to keep his/her guitar looking as new as possible.
    To each his/her own. I like a new guitar to look new. In the course of my own clumsiness, I will "relic" it over time...
     
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  9. brianbzed

    brianbzed Senior Member

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    I have never bought a "pre-aged" new guitar.....and probably never will. The dings, scratches, stains, finish checking and fading on my guitars come from actual playing wear. You relic 'em through use ( not abuse ) ! ....just my .02....
     
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  10. rednefceleb

    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    Can you imagine saying; "sorry, it's got a minor scratch on the back". I almost always buy a used <but handsome> guitar because of the price break. I like the feel of a guitar that's broken in a little. On 'player's guitars' there's gonna be some dents-scratches-a little fret groove here and there-checking <I really love nitro checking> etc. But: if the back of the neck feels like it needs some smoothing....I will absolutely & carefully 'satin that out'. You have a GREAT guitar collection. No settling for second best on that list. Nice to hear from you.
     
  11. rednefceleb

    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    You are mistaken about my motives. I want to hear from people who like relicing and say why. I didn't say that relicing was "stupid"...I said that "relicing is a horrible thing to do". Thanks.
     
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    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    Good idea. If you want to sell a guitar with that's damaged: get some sandpaper and go to town! Heck, you might wind up with a 'treasure'.
     
  13. Guitarhack

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    Like just about any finish option it comes down to personal tastes. Some like them some don't.

    I was pretty indifferent until I bought one. Its a Fender Custom Shop 1960 Tele Custom light relic. It had pretty much everything else I was looking for in a telecaster except the relic'd finish but I got her anyway. Great guitar sounds and plays like a dream. Honestly the nicest thing about a relic is I don't really worry about banging her up.

    Fender has an entire range of relicing that they offer from Closet Classic (aged as if it sat in a case) to Heavy Relic. The costs associated with these guitars is based upon the time and work it takes to properly do the relicing.

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  14. freebyrd 69

    freebyrd 69 Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    According to you then?
     
  15. rednefceleb

    rednefceleb Senior Member

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    I'm not sure what you want to know. But, the last post responding to your question was written by, and is according to me. Yes.
     
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    Personally, not a fan of the relic look from a new guitar. A used one, that has all the real life battle scars, I don't even give the look a thought, it's how it plays.
    I think the biggest turn off for me on the relic crap, was seeing the Fender Rory Gallagher, at $5K mind you. It was a beautiful relic job, look perfectly authentic and beat to death! Seeing 5 of them, next to each other...... killed the illusion completely.
     
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    WildWood has got just together with Fender to make a new "Relic Ready" line, from my understanding it is a thin finish Nitro that WILL weather check easily (easier?), no more liquid nitrogen, blowtorch or other extreme shenanigans in attempts to get a little weather checking. I think it's a welcome new concept but at 4k per unit, it's not cheap.
    I wish Gibson would come that way a bit, but I can see the companies position. If they used a nitro lacquer that would crack more easily, half the customers would send them Thank You notes and the other half would threaten legal action ....
     

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