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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by yeatzee, May 19, 2017.
73 Tele bass - that got shared a bit
One of the things I have noticed with old guitar, they wear how the owner played them. The picture of the back of mine and the pbass - which is also a '60, was because the drummer noticed how similar the wear on the backs was. Yet his P is much cleaner on the front than my strat.
And mine is just pretty torn up, it has a ton of time on it. Yet, some places are worn down to the wood and others the finish is in pretty good shape. It is concentrated in very specific areas, mostly.
I also have a '60 Gibson 330, I have had it even longer than the strat, and though it doesn't have as much playing, it has a lot, and yea, I gigged it. Finish has a few chips and some cracking but other than that, it looks great.
Quite a few guitars in the first two pages of this thread pretty much blow that theory out of the water.
Granted, there are some ridiculous/horrible relics out there, but there are plenty of good ones too. It does seem that they have progressively gotten more overblown over the years, especially with all the finish under a finish relics that Fender is pumping out now. But when you've been selling relics for 25 years you have to come up with something new to market.
1956 Fender Esquire
Your guitar is older than me!
1980 "the strat"
With his lovely real-relic job ...LOL!
Both are awesome and I'm a still rockin em!
A '79 LPC played well by the former owner(s), but apparently taken well care of - you can see a little finish wear (that could be polished out) where the forearm rests against the body and the bridge pickup ring is cracked - and in some places on the back of the neck the finish is worn down to the maple. A little wear on the gold as well. But in reality pretty boring compared to some of the examples here... At least it has yellowed over the years
And the guitar in my avatar, a '71 LPDeluxe, freshly polished in the pic:
CALM THE F**K DOWN MAN!
Although I have put some of my own wear on this one, the player before me gigged the hell out of it and deserves all the credit.
Nash ain't got NOTHIN' on this...
1982 Electra Phoenix:
Here are two of my natural worn guitars, here is a Fender Stratocaster that is showing signs of natural wearing that does not get played anywhere near as much as it should be getting played:
This second guitar is a bit of a shocker, I recently started a thread about the difficulties I had finding a replacement intonation screw for the bridge of this guitar - https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...-to-think-about-when-buying-a-guitar.1815562/, it's still actually covered by the store I got it from one year warranty, it's a made in Japan Ibanez SA series, one of the last of the SA line to be manufactured in Japan:
And just for comparison sake and interest, here is an identical made in Japan SA that is identical in every way, bought on the same day, from the same shop, made in the same year and month, so the guitar is the exact same age:
Pat on the back for whoever can guess how old the Ibanez in the above 3 photos is, and yes I know the fretboard needs cleaned and the strings need to be changed, I used it last night - Saturday night, for one set of a gig.
I know it started out as a relic but I played the sh*t out of this thing.
When I first got in 2011
Then this is 2014
I eventually had to scrape all smushed up lacquer and dead skin of the fretboard because it was hindering it's playability
You might be able to create a business in relicing guitars for people. Charge by the degree of relic and play it for a year. You may even be able to retire early.
I had a similar experience with my former "relic" telecaster. I think I owned it for about 4 years.
31023736962_70e227831f_o by bdm posted May 3, 2017 at 11:43 AM
^^EW. I've never seen a finish mush up like that. I suppose it gets that way from being weakened in the relic'ing process, and then just turns to chemical soup with sweat. Either way, that guitar looks like your bandmates pulled the famous flaming dogshtt prank on your axe.
My heavily-gigged 2012 Trad, not really battered, but worn and refretted with stainless steel;
That would be awesome lol
I think the wear had more to do with the lacquer not having enough hardner then me playing it.
I have a danocaster white guard tele that I played a lot more than the king bee and it only has a very small amount of wear in the E and B second fret area.