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relicing my lotus.

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by davidb1986, Dec 13, 2017.

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  1. davidb1986

    davidb1986 Strat-Talk Member

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    So I ended up putting Fender Custom Shop 69 pickups with full wiring harness in my lotus. I then sanded down the clear coat on it. This made the bumps and scratches more pronounced. Then I polished and waxed it with my PRS polish and wax set. I have to say it looks really good. What do y'all think. I had written something on the headstock after sanding the Lotus logo off. I nicknamed it Frankenstrat so I'm thinking of putting a Franken Stein O Caster decal on the headstock. I plan on sanding the whole headstock to make the color more even. What do y'all think? 20171213_134856.jpg 20171213_134905.jpg 20171213_134910.jpg
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  2. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 10, 2016
    Rocky Mountain Way
    Well since you’re already in this deep, I say keep going because the wear doesn’t look natural. Take a look at some custom shop relic photos and try to copy them, maybe feather it out more, ding it up more. If you’re feeling the Frankenstrat decal thing, I believe you can purchase one that says exactly that, complete with a headshot of old Frankie himself. Google it.
     
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  3. davidb1986

    davidb1986 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the advice. I found the decals on eBay. I will also add more dings and wear and post pics of it when done.
     

  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    So your Lotus had lice once before and now you're relicing it?
     

  5. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Just take it away from its water source. Pretty sure lotus (loti?) will wilt quickly without water.

    And I agree that it doesn't look very natural. Looks like lightly sanded poly...

    The headstock sanded down would even out the tone.
     

  6. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This should go over well around here.:D
     
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  7. AlexJCRandall

    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 11, 2012
    Melbourne
    ^ My thoughts too.
    I actually thought the thread was an ironic one......and was about the utterly crappy car comparison people always mention when relic threads come up.
     
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  8. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    Maybe you could use some intonation checking between two rounds of sanding. Your B saddle looks especially not in place...
     

  9. DeadCircuits

    DeadCircuits Strat-Talker

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    Aug 25, 2016
    GB
    I personally would refinish it if I wanted to relic a poly guitar. Nitrocellulose will get you the look you are after. Poly does not wear down from rubbing like nitro, poly just tends to chip where it gets knocked.
     
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  10. davidb1986

    davidb1986 Strat-Talk Member

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    I've gotten more done. I am going to take all the poly off and leave whatever finish that is left bare. I was hoping to do more tonight, but my wife decided to go to our pastor's house for game night. I'll have to do more after I get home. This is my first attempt at a relic job so hopefully it looks ok when done. 20171216_190249.jpg 20171216_190259.jpg 20171216_190304.jpg 20171216_190324.jpg
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  11. hippychip

    hippychip Strat-Talk Member

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    No way that looks like natural wear---sorry---looks like somebody sanded it! The finish should be worn where it comes in contact with your hands and body while playing, or where it has been dropped, banged on cymbals, or other incidental damage caused by years of gigging
     
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  12. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-O-Master

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    Jul 30, 2014
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    I’d say do as you please it’s your guitar and you should like it. The Beauty is in the eye of beholder
     

  13. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Another home made relic job...when are these amateurs gonna learn?
     

  14. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    Not very natural, to say the least, but it looks kind of psychedelic.
     

  15. davidb1986

    davidb1986 Strat-Talk Member

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    So I've gotten a major part of the poly off. I only have sanding sponges so taking it off is quite difficult. I didnt realize this guitar had 6 or 7 coats of poly. No exaggeration there I assure you. Yes I am an amateur, and yes this is the first time I have done anything like this. When it's time to change strings, and trade electronics and pickups to the Fender body I have I'll be taking the poly away from around the pickguard and tremolo. I'll try and finish taking the poly off of the sides and back when I have time in the next few days. As I do this I am learning from the feed back y'all give. So CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is definitely taken into account. I am also trying to put dings and scratches on the guitar. Advice on what tools and how to do it would be awesome.

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  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
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    I spend my spare time taking old guitars with genuine wear and damage(and don't ever look that bad) and making them look new again.
     

  17. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Therein lies the rub! :D
     
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  18. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    You should get in touch with the original poster, and swap guitars.
     

  19. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France

    To be fair, you won't get very much help here. Relics is quite a difficult subject in general on ST.

    DIY "relicing" is another step toward infamy.
     
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