Confused about Relics and Resale

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Gurn, Dec 7, 2017.


Relic owners - how do you treat your guitars?

  1. 1. Make your own dings and dents. That's the point.

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  2. 2. Keep it close to the new condition it arrived in.

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  1. Gurn

    Gurn Silver Supporting Member

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    Not trolling or starting arguments. I don't understand how the relic thing works.

    I bought a Road-worn Jazzmaster. I bought it new because I got a good price.
    I didn't buy it because it was already relic'd. I didn't care about that.

    It looks sort of beat-up. But it's brand new. So how does an owner preserve its value?

    1. Do I add my own dings and dents?
    2. Or is it better to preserve it in the condition it arrived in?

    Are there relic connoisseurs who can distinguish between dings and dents?

    Sorry for a dumb question. But I really don't get it.
     
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  2. Bogner

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    No real way to differentiate and like you, I don't get it either. I would rather have it look new and over time and use I wear it out as I wear it out, ding it, etc.
     
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    _sjm_ Supporting Member

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    Did you buy it to play or to look at for a while and then resell?
     
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  4. Gurn

    Gurn Silver Supporting Member

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    I bought it to play & record with. I almost never resell guitars.

    But assume I am going to resell it after awhile. What does a relic buyer look for?
     
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    Get what you prefer. Let's not waste more time debating what other people ought to prefer.
     
  6. Judas68fr

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    The only thing I understand about the relic thing is for the necks. The neck on a well played guitar always feels much better. As for the rest: rusty metal parts, dinged body... I love my instruments, and I do have some pretty old ones that have been gigged extensively, they don't look like they have been run over by a thousand pick up trucks on a gravel road...

    It has a couple dings, and the finish has aged, but yeah, that's pretty much it.
     
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    Then don't worry about the "value". The value is how good it sounds on your record, how much fun you have playing it...
     
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    My ‘64 AM Vintage Tele & ‘65 AM Vintage Strat are my work horses. The thin laquer makes it impossible to preserve them «as new». My ‘16 ES 335, on the other hand, is kept in it’s case when not being played. Not a scratch on that one!
     
  9. Release

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    You simply play the s**t out of it, just like any guitar. It's a finish. That's all.
     
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    Treat it like you would any other guitar.
     
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    Play it and don't damage the back of the neck. So in other words treat it like you would any other guitar and you get the added benefit of normal play wear having next to no affect on its resale value.
     
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    What an interesting idea for a thread! Let's discuss whether Dumble Amps are worth the money next...
     
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    Live and let live. Everyone will feel better.
     
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    My 50s Road Worn Strat has more real wear than faux wear.
     
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    What is there to understand? Why would you care what anyone else thinks?
     
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    You've spared yourself the pain of putting the inevitable first ding on a new pretty guitar!

    :aok
     
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    for me...i don't like bright and shiny.

    i like dull or matte finishes. similarly, i don't want a fancy car or a fancy house...or fancy clothes, even.

    i wish all of my guitars were a flat finish and i've knocked a couple of them down a bit. one guitar looked so good (a Jaguar that was already filled with finish checking), that i relic'd it a little for fun. it looks like an old Jag.

    but in the end...a guitar should BE an old friend...not just look like an old friend.
     
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    The reason you don't get it is that you are trying to be logical about something illogical. So there will be no logical answers. Just use a dartboard to pick an answer. "Relic Connoisseurs"??? Now there's a sill purse from a pigs ear.
    Don't apologize, you'd have bigger problems if you didn't think it was a dumb question.
     
  19. 67super

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    I get exactly what you mean. I have seen adds for used guitars that were Heavy Relic when new and the add says the guitar is in EXC or like new condition, with the heavy relic. I get what the add is saying, the guitar is in the same condition as it was new, but who cares since it is heavy relic and how can you tell, as a buyer, what dents and rust are "new"? and why care since you buying a beat up guitar?
     
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  20. guitarmook

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    Treat it like you treat any of your guitars.

    When you bought that guitar, you bought it because it was toneful and a good price, right? That's how you sell it.
     
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