Getting a "light relic" look on a guitar...

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  1. markom89

    markom89 Senior Member

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    how can I do this?
    I've seen some partscasters on here that people have really gone to work on and the result wasn't really the most authentic looking.
    I'm hoping someone has the secret to how to make a guitar look lighty reliced. Not really shiney, worn out in some areas, some small dings, and *possibly* some light checking.
    How, good people, can I do this without ending up with a really messed up looking guitar? I'm looking to do this to either a strat or tele that I'm gonna' put together.
    I've already searched ALL the threads on this, and couldn't find out that dealt w/ just lighter amounts of relicing.
    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Marko M.

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  2. waxnsteel

    waxnsteel Member

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    Man, that looks fake to me (not that I'm a relic guy). If you only want lite, why not just treat it like ****, and never put it in a case or on a stand, always tuck your shirt in and wear a nasty buckle, don't think twice about laying it down on pavement, play it hard, never clean it...
     
  3. doublee

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    +1, just play it alot for 10 years.
     
  4. Birddog

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    I'll second that. Just play it a lot, and gig with it at small, trashy dives...Don't wipe it down. Don't pay attention closely while you're soloing and regularly clock the lead-singer's elbow and/or his vintage Tele with it on small stages (trust me on this one)...Don't fend off the drunk who's lurching toward you with a full beer and an empty head. Drop, don't slide gently, your guitar into the backseat of your car at the end of the night. Store your amps on it, in fact. Use it for a door mat and scrape your shoes off on it on the way in the house.

    You'll get there. :D

    Oh, and remember to change strings frequently. You don't want it SOUNDING bad.

    Seriously though...why "gently relic" a guitar? Play it if you like it. Why the hurry on the wear? It will come soon enough.
     
  5. rickc007

    rickc007 Gold Supporting Member

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    a lot of relicing is done with 0000 steel wool
    this will dull the finish. Do it lightly, and if you
    don't like it, you can always buff it out

    the checking is done with those air cleaner
    aerosol cans, heat the body up with a hair dryer
    when it's nice and hot, hold the air can upside down,
    shake it and spray it. The quick temp change makes
    it check

    the dings are done with anything, take a set of car
    keys, smack it against the body. Bang it against
    something. Lightly press some pointy object.
    Some relicers use file for some of those scrape marks

    Saw all of the above performed by a Fender Custom
    Shop Masterbuilder at a clinic.
     
  6. doublee

    doublee Member

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    Pay extra for that?
     
  7. JackButler

    JackButler Supporting Member

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    denim or old jeans work better for taking the sheen off opposed to steel wool.
     
  8. Speed_Racer71

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    and then charge you a buttload for it..but it has that cool custom shop logo on it though so that makes it worth more ..right :horse
     
  9. rdnzl

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    Just play it and quit being silly.
     
  10. Sunstone Recordings

    Sunstone Recordings Supporting Member

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    yeah, the steel wool works well and so does the aerosol can method. Just treat it like a beater.

    As a side note, I'm shocked to see that the poles on the p'ups aren't beveled... as it's supposed to be an early 60s model, yes?
     
  11. DGDGBD

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    Strap it to the roof of your car and go for a drive on the interstate behind a gravel truck.
     

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