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Old August 22nd, 2009, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to relic???

can anyone provide a quick "how to" and/or the basic procedures and tools needed for "relic-ing" a guitar?

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Old August 24th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not that I would do it, I'm more interested to know from a scientific perspective
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Old August 24th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a site that discusses it in depth

http://www.stevesguitarsite.com/Relic%20Part%201.html

never done it myself, so can't confirm how good or bad it is
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Old August 24th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's another couple sources:

The Guitar Refinishing and Restoration Forum :: View topic - Relic Q & A Moved here.

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Old August 24th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The absolute only way to relic a guitar, is to play it everyday for 20 or more years, If you have kids, by all means, teach them to play it too. and never, never put the guitar in it's case. Any method other than this produces a substandard relicing effect.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The absolute only way to relic a guitar, is to play it everyday for 20 or more years, If you have kids, by all means, teach them to play it too. and never, never put the guitar in it's case. Any method other than this produces a substandard relicing effect.
Obviously it's all subjective and it depends on whether you like relicing, but I have to dissagree with this.

I have seen some finishing, done by Clive Brown in the UK to some, that I would defy anyone to tell whether the guitars had been refinished or not.

The guitars in question, were a Strat and Tele, both from the 60's, which had been badly refinished. Clive removed the bad paint jobs and refinished closely matching the original colour and also aged them. His work would have increased the value of guitars that had been ruined.

If people want to do this, then it's fine by me, same as it's fine for those who want to keep their guitars as pristine as possible
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The absolute only way to relic a guitar, is to play it everyday for 20 or more years, If you have kids, by all means, teach them to play it too. and never, never put the guitar in it's case. Any method other than this produces a substandard relicing effect.

You got that right. I wanted to know because I have had a number of people asking me to relic their guitars and I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to get into just for "moral" reasons. I personally don't believe in it. Thanks guys for all your input.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 08:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's a descent video on it:


This one is worth a laugh:


Also, this site has a bunch of articles on relic guitars:

Guitar Relic.com

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THIS is how you relic a strat...
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Old December 10th, 2010, 09:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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The absolute only way to relic a guitar, is to play it everyday for 20 or more years, If you have kids, by all means, teach them to play it too. and never, never put the guitar in it's case. Any method other than this produces a substandard relicing effect.
This pretty much covers it.

And that Ultimate Relic Strat video is hilarious.
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Old December 20th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh my lord, that video is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.

Thanks for posting. :-) :-) :-)
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Old January 4th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My brother wanted the guitar I've just made for him to be relic-y, but we both felt it was fake to make it that way... So instead I just made the finish extra-thin in key areas, used off-white plastics instead of bright white, wasn't ultra-careful about small checks and dents as I worked, etc (much against my instincts- I'm more of a smooth-finish person myself). The end result should wear and age quickly, but he'll still get to age it himself.

That video, also, was great I especially love the idea of burying it in two different yards for the different tonal qualities of the soils!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I sanded some, then just had my kids throw their Hotwheels cars at it for about an hour. Looks OK. I won't be relicing anything else, though.
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