An old fart question…

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  1. Stevn

    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    I notice that a bunch of the crew here likes relic guitars.
    I have a MIM Strat I bought brand new in 2016 and almost everyday I wipe it and buff it and polish it.
    It still looks almost completely perfect. As I prefer it. (It has a couple tiny rub scratches on the back)
    Is there something aesthetically preferable to having most of the paint scrapped off with belt buckles and finger rings and dropping them on the floor scars?
    Do they play better with all the paint torn off?
    Should I use the drill and electric sander on mine? I never play out anymore so it could conceivably stay perfect into the next century.
    I’m just curious as to the thoughts behind buying a guitar that “looks like hell but plays like heaven”?
     
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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    They think it looks cool, probably more than a few are posing, as though they play enough to relic their gear.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    This should go well.

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    Kerry Brown Senior Stratmaster

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    I am a firm believer that whatever makes you play an instrument, more power to you. That said I would never own an artificially aged guitar. I have owned a few vintage guitars but their scars were earned not created.
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I like shiny new guitars. I wipe mine down after a string change.

    If someone "gave" me a vintage Strat that played and sounded incredible, I guess I could handle the relic marks.
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    I just want to, at least, look perfect. I never wore crappy stuff to perform in so I want my axe looking perfect! I’m an old fart I guess. :D
     
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    Just a matter of preference really, like all things guitar and music, some like it others dont, we cant really tell a person what they should like or shouldn't like.
    Myself I keep my guitars polished and looking brand new its what I like

    and I always like to quote @sam_in_cali "hey you like what you like, I like what I like, okay?"
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree but intentionally destroying those awesome perfect finishes, on purpose, seems strange, at least to me.
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m just curious as to the thought process preceding the relicing thought.
     
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    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    If I had a guitar that was completely monetarily worthless I wouldn't have a problem relic'ing it. Except that I don't play worthless (to me anyway) guitars nor do I have the desire to spend the time relic'ing properly.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    uh oh...
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I wasn’t thinking clearly asking that.
    I notice the relic guys are missing….
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    No x2.

    ^^This^^

    I wipe mine off when I put them up...just to get the body oil/sweat off.

    Every person likes things a bit different...the world would be a boring place were we all the same:whistling:.
     
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    As Sly told us, “Different strokes for different folks…”
     
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    The biggest sore point for me about this subject? I have a strong bias in that I think it should be earned not purchased.
    Meaning you gigged for years with that axe and every scratch has a story. Trying to buy that is to me the same as stolen valor, someone who never served dressing up as a soldier.
     
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    “We got to live together!”
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    Aye aye Frank!
     
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    People like the way they look, that’s the answer. People have been doing it with jeans for a long time too.

    Artificial relics are not for me, guitars or jeans, but I understand people have different tastes.

    For instance, I don’t care if my guitar has marks on it made by me, but you like your instrument to look brand new forever.

    To someone like me, that may seem a bit obsessive, but I get it. It’s what you like and that’s cool with me.
     
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    Stevn Senior Stratmaster

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    My ma always had expensive maple furniture. I guess my strat reminds me of fine musical furniture and I care for the finishes the way I was taught at a young age.
    Sheesh, that’s pretty anal isn’t it?
     
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