Here goes Nothin’! I just built a faux relic…..yikes!

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  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    So to you faux relic’ing lovers who think I’m a pompous a**hole for my fauxrelicsareforposers comments…. here’s proof I’m really not! I put the same skill and craft into this project as in any custom guitar I would build.

    This came in for me to assemble and set up and it has everything exactly backwards from anything I like. A fake relic with bright shiny new gold hardware(go figure?) and when I jokingly told him we had a “Gold Tooth” rule he showed me his gold molar! Haha! This plays and sounds great! The customer’s dad did the relic’ing on the body and neck. One thing to notice is that I added a hard ground between the pots which always improves the performance and reliability rather than rely on the metal foil to complete the ground circuit.

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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Nice work Scott! What's the rundown on it?

    The one I am working on for my wife's office fundraiser has an aluminum control plate but I will still put the hard ground on it too. I'm getting close to the wiring stage too. It originally had active p'ups but I changed it to passive so I had to add the bridge ground. It will allow ne to use the battery for something else. Hope you don't mind.
    Not a relic though.
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    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Scott, to be a faux relic, wouldn't it have to be pristine?
     
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    I love it! Nice work.
     
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    Stratafied Dr. Stratster

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    Beautiful color, is that sonic blue. And don’t use the leather it’s for soldering.
     
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  6. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    It was before it was faux relic’d.
     
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    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    We gots to standardize the nomenclature...
    From my current understanding of the common usage:

    Natural = normal wear and tear = what ya see is what it is
    Relic'd = distressed = cosmetically manipulated
    Relic = old = me

    So from my understanding of common usage, to be faux relic'd, it would have to be relic'd and then made pristine, sorta like a vintage instrument being refinished...without the vintage part.
     
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    my post didn't make sense - deleted
     
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    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Neither do mine, never stopped me:thumb:
     
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    I guess if you're going to do it, do it right applies.

    I like the idea of a soldering leather. I have a nice soft piece of a hide I bought years ago to have the seats in P1800ES recovered that would do nicely.

    I presume it's use to protect the finish?
     
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    Justin226 Senior Stratmaster

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    Very nice! I dig the relic’d look, but always think that if I were to own one, I’d want it to be from the wear I put on it myself.
     
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    Lol!

    You want one now, come on admit it. :D
     
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    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    Nice work , it’s art. Never mind the jabber mon-keys. Thanks . I wonder if you remember how many you have built.lol
     
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    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    I've posted here before, having said, and still believing that relicing was NOT my thing, although, I could care less what another guy/gal spends their money on. Most of them look like they survived an under ground nuclear bomb test. However, yours looks to be a truly "modestly" relic, and some class. Enjoy it.:D:D
     
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    I’m currently doing a couple too. One a mild nitro relic and the other a mega-shiny gold flake. Probably the last two I will ever build.
     
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    Finally, I knew you had a secret passion for relics :) It does look really good, awesome colour combo, nice classy gold accents and the tuners are actually pretty nice too. Good job.