Relic: 1990 Gibson LP Standard

Oleynior

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A friend of mine asked me to relic his 1990 LP Standard. The guitar already has numerous of dings, dents, etc. He sent me a photo of some R9 Aged back as an inspiration.

So far, I've used the temperature difference (hot/cold) method to make weather checkings but I've never been 100% satisfied with the effect. This time I tried mr. Tom Murphy's way. I hope You enjoy :)






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Nice job and nice photos!
I just would not sand down back of the neck so much, but what the heck!
How did you make those pickup covers satin?
 

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VERY nice work, I have just recently tried experiments such as this and did so in an area of the guitar where it would not show too much if I did not like the results ..
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Well, at least you got rid of those stickers. I'm not a fan of relics, but it looks like you did a good job duplicating the abused, radical temp.-change look that is found on very few real/old LPs but now standard for the excessive-relic fans. The neck wear doesn't match up with what I've seen on numerous very old guitars with genuine neck wear, as it goes from bald to solid, with the main wear positioned oddly. Looks like good relic-ing to me, which means that it approximates but does not duplicate real wear.
 

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I'm going to be honest here.

I REALLY like that way the front/top came out.

That looks great on this guitar.

The back of the body is ok, but I hate the look of the neck.

I could never ever imaging someone wearing down a neck where it would look like that after 50 yrs. of touring year round.

I think the neck sanding was way too excessive.

If you like it, then I guess that's the bottom line anyway.
 

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I'd get something on that bare wood, like tongue oil or tru oil to darken it and give it a little luster. Overall a good job.
 

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#metoolikethetop.
The back looks a bit extreme for my taste.

I have the same model made in '92. Now I know how it would look reliced.
Good job.
:thumb:

Edit: As some of us mentioned already, the back and neck seem a little
much but from your customer's point of view who supplied the pictures
of the one to be imitated, it's a perfectly filled order.
You did a tremendous job of replicating the Gibson relic finished product.
So, again, good on you!
:thumb:
 
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Thanks!

Lacquer remove from the part of the body and the neck were the owner's request.

Could you help me and post here few pics of authentic (or well done relic) of the neck aging (the one without lacquer)?
 

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First of all, you did a pretty good job. The top and back look real good.

Regarding the neck, the concentration of wear is too specific. I would lightly sand the area, and extend the wear to a more natural looking pattern. Get yourself some powdered graphite, tap some on the end of your finger, and rub along the wear area. It will darken the light wood, is non invasive, and feels like glass. I may have a pic of a guitar I did this to, I have done it for years with great success.

Lastly, I would get some aged knobs that aren't so bright gold.

Overall, it's very cool IMO
 

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I think Gibson relics should not be taken as an example. They look fake and have something indentifiable about them
 

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I do like the checking on the top and the headstock a lot. On the other side I'm not very fond of the sanded back and neck. The exposed wood looks too light in color.
In your inspiration picture the wood is considerably darker, even because bare wood is subject to dirt and stains.
 

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Great result, and I'm certainly glad the stickers were ditched, too!

Bit of a noob question, maybe, but what is the Tom Murphy method? The razor, as I think I've heard?
 




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