They call me Derek. Formerly EpiLP1985
- Feb 4, 2011
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After 20 years of experimenting with experimental relicing techniques, one does not have enough experience to know what happens to the relics after 40 years.
A relic'd guitar is not an aged guitar - it's brand new. A stone washed, ripped pair of jeans is not a worn pair of jeans - it is a brand new pair of jeans that's been ripped and stone washed. But after being worn it will actually wear and age. A relic'd guitar is also a brand new product that will eventually age. It's experimental, we don't know what the effect of time and actual wear and tear will produce in due time. We'll have to wait and see. Some of it we're already seeing. No surprise. Expecting that a relic'd guitar would stay as is for any extended period of time would be like expecting stone washed jeans to stay the same forever.
There is a short term objective and a long term objective.
Tom met his short term objective - he got paid handsomely for his creativity and hard work. That is admirable.
The buyers fulfilled their short term objective - they got their relic'd guitars.
Meeting a short term objective is like enjoying an exciting ride in an amusement park.
If there was a long term objective, that these relic'd guitars would stay the same forever, then we have to have a reality check.
A relic'd guitar is a fake. Like a counterfeit, it just has to last long enough to be sold. What happens after is no longer of any concern to the seller. The seller can always blame it on the buyer by saying the buyer didn't take proper care of it. The seller can alway say, it's a relic, it's fragile and if you want it to reamain intact it has to be kept in a humidity and temperature controlled environment.
The second law of Thermodynamics states that the state of entropy (i.e. disorder) of the entire universe (including relic'd guitars) will always increase over time. The second law also states that the changes in the entropy in the universe can never be negative. In other words, the direction of natural processes runs only in one sense, and is not reversible (and can't be brought to a standstill).
Disorder increases with time. Wishful thinking can't stop that.
“I’ll have what he’s smoking.”