Are reliced amps and cabs going to be the next big thing?

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  1. DM426

    DM426 Member

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    Seriously. You know it's only a matter of time before someone starts offering amps that look like this vintage gear.

    Question is, would you buy it if they did?

    Gentlemen, start your engines...

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    There's a factory-reliced Blues Junior on ebay right now and it looks like it will sell for less than the unreliced versions. The seller went to lengths to point out that that's exactly what it looked like coming from the factory, but it just looks worse than non-reliced versions. It looks like a Blues Junior that was dragged around in the back of an 18-year-old's car for several years and got used and abused at the house parties he was playing at. I wouldn't criticize someone for buying it, but personally I wouldn't.
     
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    Why not? I'd love to see an amp with bent knobs, cracked chassis, missing vinyl, arcing tubes, sitting on top of a speaker box held together with duct tape, nails, the speaker input jack loose and hanging out of the back.
    They will come with relic'd slip covers too.
     
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    I got a Fender Bassman LTD like this one that was reliced by the factory.... like 8 years ago. I had better tone than a regular amp. That was probably why.
     
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    I hope not but I didnt think that relic'd guitar look would last either.
     
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    How do you relic a PCB to make it look like a 45 year-old turret board?
     
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    There are quite a few companies already offering reliced amps.
     
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    Woah! "PCB"..."turret"... That went right over the head of the 'relic' crowd. And the obscure reference to age...I don't think the 'relic' crowd thinks they even had electricity 45 years ago.
     
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Blue...415?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ae6411767

    That one? Looks awful...
     
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    Would have already happened.
     
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    Then we can have more relic threads in the amp forum.

    Personally, I love the look of my old amps as they get gigged and beat up. Don't think I would pay for a new 'relic' version though.
     
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    It did with the Fender Blues Junior but it didn't seem to catch on.

    Looks like we'll be stuck with real wear that shows character and the history of the instrument.
     
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    Oh we're way past that and the populous is broadening its scope to accept such concepts as relic civilizations. For those of you who have always wanted to live in the crumbling ruins of an antiquated social structure, you're in luck! :wink

    It doesn't take much for an amp or cab to get dinged up. The attempts ive seen at artificially aging an amp pretty much all look tacky.

    I'm trying to imagine how awkward it would feel to turn up at a jam sporting a *relic* rig while being a novice player, in immaculately pressed tan slacks. Trashy looking amps don't have the same aesthetic appeal as workhorse guitars. For that reason, I don't see it catching on any time soon.
     
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    relic'd amps.....that is one train I won't be boarding.....
     
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    I'm not seeing it. I have been wrong before tho.
     
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    That's totally different from a reliced guitar. Guitar relics (don't own one, not sure if I could, but the necks on the roadworn series did feel nice) are different because they get that way by sweat, jumping around, playing for years, having it be "the" guitar for a long time. Amps get dinged up because of neglect or placing it in a stupid place or accidents. That's not really cool like the guitars
     

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