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To those who hate relic'ed guitars...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by blandified, May 26, 2020.

  1. blandified

    blandified Supporting Member

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    BIG DRAMA SHOW LET'S GO

    You go to a guitar store, play a guitar, fall in love with it, plays nice, sounds nice, looks nice, but WAIT...... it's relic'ed.

    Do you:
    a.) Research all previous owners to determine if its roadworn-look has been genuinely aged. If so, you still like the guitar. IF you find out that 3 owners ago it was manually relic'ed it, throw this filthy piece of poser trash away.
    b.) Ignorance is bliss. Being able to say "I bought it like that" is better than saying "I relic'ed it myself" or "I know it was manually relic'ed". Don't ask don't tell.
    c.) Buy it and enjoy it.
     
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  2. TL;DR

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    I mean relic’ing is goofy, but not any sort of deal breaker, if the price was right and the guitar was good
     
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    I likely wouldn't pick up a moderately to heavily reliced piece to begin with. A ding in the headstock, a belt buckle gouge on the back, or an inconsequential chip in the paint is one thing, but rusting hardware is a dealbreaker for me before I even touch it.
     
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    I wouldn’t have picked it up in the first place!
     
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  6. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    If someone truly hates relics, it's hard to imagine them buying one. Or even trying one--and that might be for some out of a subconscious fear that they'd like it!

    I'm lukewarm about relics, been in the situation described, and have bought them on occasion.
     
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    A guitar has to appeal to me aesthetically for me to want to pick it up and try it in the first place. So since I don't like the way relics look, I simply don't try them out.
     
  8. sahhas

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    25 years ago at a guitar show, I picked up this early 80s Ibanez roadstar guitar, it was beat to sh*t and the neck just was so worn in, it was just amazing to play... I wish I would have bought that guitar!!!
    About 8 years ago at GC i saw a fender that looked beat to H*LL, I picked it up to play, it felt like a brand new guitar, i didn’t like how it felt at all.... I’m not sure if I’ve ever understood relics, but I’m probably not their target audience!!!!
     
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    d) none of the above. I wouldn't have picked it up to begin with.
     
  11. Raymond Lin

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    10 years ago I hated it, found the idea absurd, the idea that a beat up product cost more than a brand new one.

    10 years later I have a relic guitar in the mail to me and I am quite looking forward to it. My previous guitar was also a relic too....I guess I have done a 180, eating my words by spending my own money.

    I see both sides of the coin, the biggest plus is that I leave my relic guitars out but my "new" guitars in cases.
     
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    I don't "HATE" reliced guitars but I don't like them. They are frankly, a lie. There is no way I would have one. I don't even like real worn guitars. Sanding and refinishing is an easy job and I can't understand why someone wouldn't take the time to make their gear look as nice as possible.

    As per your question about really liking one I found in the store, I would look for the same model that was not half trashed and if I couldn't find one, I would by the reliced one and take it home and refinish it.
     
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    It would have to play and sound GLORIOUS for me to get past it...
     
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    Top 3 toxic TGP thread subjects: (1) Relic'd guitars (2) tattoos (3) Joe Bonamassa
     
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    I’ve seen some very attractive relic’d guitars in pics, so I get why some folks like them. I don’t know if I’d pick one up to try out. But I likely wouldn’t pick up a totally beat up guitar some dude played a bunch either. Don’t want his gunk on my hands, and it’s not likely I play the same way he does, so places like the the neck might feel strange to me all worn in someone else’s favorite positions.
     
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    Gotta add Klon, Dumble, Mayer, JB or JM playing through/selling a Dumble.
     
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    I've never purchased a relic'ed guitar, but I have had some techs in the past do some relicing while getting a setup!!
     
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    I don't like relic'd but I'll keep my Whitfill because it sounds & plays great and is lightweight.
     
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    My face when I play a disgusting mojoless relic
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    My face when I'm doing my own relicing at the bi-monthly blues jam with boys
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  20. GibSG

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    POOR DRAMA SHOW LET'S GO

    You go to a guitar store, play a guitar, fall in love with it, plays nice, sounds nice, looks nice, but WAIT...... it's mint condition......

    :D
     

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