MIM Relic (Should you regret it?)

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by fudailrosli, Jun 10, 2021.

Is this awfully done?

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  2. No

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  1. fudailrosli

    fudailrosli New Member!

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    Hi guys,

    During this pandemic with the lockdown and all, im quite bored and end up doing relic on my Mexican Strat

    Despite the thick paintjob, i just really wanted a relic strat so so bad and ended up doing it myself

    Should i be regret for what i've done? I have mix feelings on this.

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  2. Lonn

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    Your guitar, don't pay any attention to what we think. Play it and enjoy it.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Looks like you've done a couple of dozen World Tours.

    If that's the look you wanted, then you have succeeded.
     
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    sonny wolf Most Honored Senior Member

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    It looks awful.I would just strip off the rest of the finish and either leave it natural or repaint it.
     
  5. Intune

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    It’s your guitar and if you like it then who cares what we think. It’s all personal preference and really that’s all that matters.
     
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    Fenderbaum Strat-O-Master

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    What makes this relic look not so nice is that it looks worn where its looks worn, and looks pristine wherever else there is colour ..
     
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    I want to address your mixed feelings on it. Overall as a piece of art it is an interesting look. I believe the reason your feelings may be mixed is that it doesn't look like it happened naturally as a result of 50 years of play wear. It looks as if it was in a fire that burned the finish as opposed to being worn down. There is something about the symmetry that is appealing to me though.
     
  8. soulman969

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    IMHO and IMHO only there is no way to realistically make a new guitar look like an old beat up road worn one. Every one I've ever seen looks like a phony man made relic job.

    In most cases the body is made to look worn but all the rest looks new. Shiny metal parts, non-aged plastic, no fretboard wear or phony fretboard wear. It's just not worth the effort IMHO.
     
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    As long as YOU like it then that's all that matters.
     
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    Looks like your guitar got into a bar brawl with a belt sander.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Not my cuppa, but I'll agree with ant
     
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    If you had never done it – you would always wonder 'what if', so... all is not lost! If you decide that you do regret it – use this as both a lesson and (crucially) an opportunity! What I would do (if 'I' ended up regretting it) would be to strip the body back to wood, and respray the guitar with nitro... – in WHATEVER colour you like, play the sh*t out of it – and let time work its magic!

    Every cloud has a silver, nitrocellulose lining :thumb: !
     
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    Yup, despite what I posted Antstrat is right. It's your guitar.
     
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    Your circus, your monkey.

    Regret is for suckers. Learn from it. If it was a pleasant experience, repeat it. If it was an unpleasant experience, try to avoid repeating it.

    Regret is just throwing good energy after bad.
     
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    Did you look at many pictures of Strats that were naturally reliced by time and use? Your relic job dosen't look that natural, some of the area's you reliced wouldn't have been so worn down.
    Did you sand the back of the neck? That works great for playability, your hand moves so freely.
    I do tip my hat to you for giving it shot though, remember, tenacity is a great thing, just try again and check out more pictures of previously mentioned guitars.
     
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    Count me in the "looks awful to me, but its your guitar and if it makes you happy" camp.
     
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    First off, it doesn't matter what anyone but you thinks about your stuff....... until you want to sell it. Then it matters a lot.

    IMO 99.99% of Relic'd guitars look like junk it's not a good idea to just relic one with whatever tools and no plan.

    I've never got on board with faking Mojo that was supposed to be earned. The idea of buying a new Relic'd guitar is IMO silly and I laugh whenever someone sells a Relic'd guitar "In mint condition".

    All that being said........I have one that I really like. Sssshhhhhh, don't tell anyone.

    Here's my Relic
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  19. Intune

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    So basically you just said the fake mojo guitar you have looks like junk, makes sense. I do agree that a lot look way over done but 99.99% is not really accurate.

    Then the faking of mojo, it’s supposed to be earned. So what if I bought a vintage guitar that’s worn? It’s not my mojo, it’s not my battle war stories, what’s the difference then if I bought a new fake mojo or a old not my mojo. I didn’t earn the wear, I earned the money to buy the mojo.

    See where this whole fake or real mojo doesn’t really make sense.
     
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    The only reply I can come up with is Yes.

    It a long story but technically I have two half relic'd guitars lol.

    In my head I don't like relic's because it seems silly to take something that's perfectly good and wreck it. Then on the other hand sometimes it looks freak'n cool.

    I'm a complicated man and I go back to it doesn't matter what I think. I both "get it" & "don't get it" at the same time. Plus there's a small amount of sarcasm in that first post. Where's the sarcasm emoji?

    Obviously since I have a relic I like I can't truly hate relics.
     
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