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How to relic???

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by SeafoamStrat, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. SeafoamStrat

    SeafoamStrat Strat-Talker

    Jul 17, 2009
    can anyone provide a quick "how to" and/or the basic procedures and tools needed for "relic-ing" a guitar?

  2. ZL1LoVeR

    ZL1LoVeR Strat-O-Master

    Aug 22, 2009
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Not that I would do it, I'm more interested to know from a scientific perspective :rolleyes:

  3. johnreardon

    johnreardon Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 18, 2006
    Brackley, Great Britain

  4. Extra crispy

    Extra crispy Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2009
    Oregon USA
    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. :)

  5. johnreardon

    johnreardon Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 18, 2006
    Brackley, Great Britain
    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

  6. SeafoamStrat

    SeafoamStrat Strat-Talker

    Jul 17, 2009

    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.

  7. dblacker

    dblacker New Member!

    Dec 10, 2010
    New York
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010

  8. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51

  9. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    This pretty much covers it.

    And that Ultimate Relic Strat video is hilarious.

  10. fredm

    fredm Strat-Talker

    Feb 10, 2009
    Telford U.K.
    Oh my lord, that video is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.

    Thanks for posting. :) :) :)

  11. jfkelleher

    jfkelleher New Member!

    Dec 4, 2010
    Princeton, NJ
    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!

  12. Jimmy R

    Jimmy R Strat-O-Master

    Jun 15, 2011
    My fretboard

  13. uberdavidson

    uberdavidson Strat-Talker

    Jun 22, 2011
    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.


    MASLIKO Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    I couldn't own a relic,to me its "fake"..and i would feel like a tool with one.Buts that just me.I have always liked the "genuine" personally-regardless of what it is.And the argument that,i dont have the time to play for years or i cant afford a real vintage guitar,doesnt cut it for me.-its fake end of story.

    I cant just "pretend" my guitar has been played to death with my make believe band for twenty years and that i bumped on a pretend wall or car.And that all the marks on my guitar are real etc etc.just cant do it.

    I have also been around a relic and they have no mojo(character) because they have no story and are not real.You feel a guitar that is real.I believe people will love their guitar more if the marks etc were genuine.I dont care if people do it,i just wouldn't want too.

  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Why do people drag 4 year old threads back from the dead?



    And anyway, with a subject like this.....