Let's see those actual vintage relics

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  1. Buck Woodson

    Buck Woodson Member

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    Not new fake relics but honest age, wear and tear.

    '76 3 pickup Les Paul. The black is totally played off the back of the neck. Much of the gold is worn off the pickup covers. Yeah, it's a Norlin, I don't care, it's awesome to me.

     
  2. woof*

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    My 64 I bought in 73
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    scmavl Enjoyer Silver Supporting Member

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  4. Oldschool59

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    Yeah, I call a fake... The wear patterns are all wrong. You should have played your old guitar the way they relic them today, so it looks more authentic on them internets... ;-) Cheers!

    (Beautiful axe, BTW)
     
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  5. woof*

    woof* Member

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    lol
     
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  6. bossaddict

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    Here's are my current examples that show considerable natural wear...

    1954 Les Paul
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    1955 Les Paul Special
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    1956 Les Paul Junior
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    1957 J-200
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    1962 Country Western
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    1963 Jazzmaster
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    1964 Shorthorn 3612
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    1964 Jaguar
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    1965 SG Junior
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    1965 Firebird I
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    1967 Telecaster
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    1968 ES-335
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    1973 '54 Reissue Les Paul Custom
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  7. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    1959 Guild “Ghost Label” M-20. It’s got some wear on the top and cleats to stabilize the center seam all around.

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    1984 Gibson ES-335 dot. This one has been through quite a few Canadian maple juke joints, as evidenced by the carmelization of all the binding and clear coat.
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    For the most part, “issue” guitars are fine with me, as long as there aren’t any deal breakers. Hey, it saves me money up front and I can usually move them if needed. They just aren’t collectors and won’t jump in value too much- which again is fine, since they get played. Honestly I feel less nervous playing a “player” relic than a pristine museum piece.

    edit: forgot my ‘79 Ric 12 has some headstock relic stuff going on. Don’t have a pic on me, so here’s one on a demo I did of it:

     
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  8. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Supporting Member

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    Circa 1850s German double bass, restored by Upton last year and ready to play tonight!

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    That 335 is HAWT. :dude
     
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    Here's a few of mine...

    Let's kick off with a pair of early Gibson acoustics, an L-1 from '26 and an L-00 from '39. Both pretty well cared for considering they were relatively cheap guitars in their day and three vintage market ignored them until fifteen or so years ago, but still showing a lot of wear.[​IMG] This Martin is a '34 with a lot of pick wear, and someone tried to fix a lifting bridge by adding a trapeze tailpiece, so there are a few filled holes as well.[​IMG]
    This Gretsch tenor is from the 30s - check out the buckle wear![​IMG]
    And a cool Epiphone Blackstone from 1945 with a stripped top:[​IMG]
    This Gretsch is a bit more modern, dating to '67, with extensive lacquer checking and the binding beginning to degrade:[​IMG]
    Some well played 60s Gibsons, a '65 ES355 and a '69 Byrdland, both with lots of checking and bake scars
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    And another Gibson from my alt-country days, from 1911[​IMG]
     
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    Clyde Billt Silver Supporting Member

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    I love that ass, but could you turn around and show me your face?
     
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    Sampler Silver Supporting Member

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    ....and now for something completely different. Picked this up a couple of weeks ago, still figuring it out but it sure is fun. 1930 National Triolian.
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  14. Anthony Newcomb

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    '59 Danelectro #3923. My grandfather (now passed) had it professionally repainted in gold flake with nitro in '61. Guitar is still very playable as I do plug it in time to time, but it mostly sits on the display I made in honor of him and his love for music.

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    With the overhead lights off, the gold flake really looses its sparkle, but the cracking of the nitro is way more visible this way.

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  15. doctorx

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    1960 slab board I bought in 1976 and still have.

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  16. Anthony Newcomb

    Anthony Newcomb Silver Supporting Member

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    To add to my earlier post, here's my Great grandfather's KAY jumbo acoustic from the early 40's (from what I've been told by members here on the forum). Nice flamed neck! Tuners are not original.

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  17. MikeMcK

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    Don't laugh... years ago I sent acquaintance here with questions about his Strat. He was told that whoever did the relic job was a hack. One called it the worst relic job he'd ever seen. It was a '63 that he'd bought new as a kid.
     
  18. itchyfingers

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    1961 Gibson LP/SG Junior
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    I like my fake relics too. :hide
     
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  19. Guppie

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    The reason everybody likes these guitars is the same reason relics exist.
     

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