Should I relic this Strat to sell?

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  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    I got a pretty dinged up 2006 American Deluxe HSS Fat Strat for $700. It plays great and is fully intact and functional. I was thinking of either touching up the chipped finish with nail polish or model paint or making it extremely relicked. Which do you think would be best for reselling it? A40F738A-1796-4DD4-8262-BC9487AEBF5D.jpeg 638EB35E-5005-4B6F-A5E2-80BB0C9B7EA1.jpeg BC858969-8400-461C-9CAC-AD0F2DF7CA9D.jpeg 3049996C-6DE1-4097-B8C7-48C3EF515021.jpeg
     
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  2. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    no.
    As is usually works best
     
  3. Colnago1

    Colnago1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Leave it as is so the new owner can decide?
    If I was going to buy it I could touch that up so that it would be perfectly invisible.
    I don’t know what your skill set is with that and I don’t like buying touched up guitars that have been done poorly.
     
  4. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

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    For small chips, I wouldn't feel bad about some sort of decent repair. More damage, even if "tastefully done" won't likely improve the situation.
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    IMO, "relic'ing" or further damaging the guitar, further lowers it's value. And unless you can do a professional, invisible touchup/repair, your better off leaving it as is.

    I don't think you would have much problem making your money back, or even making a bit of profit selling it as is.
     
  6. Rudedawg

    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    I vote not to do it, sell as is and let the new owner decide if they want to ruin it.
     
  7. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    Thanks. I’ve never fixed one up, but I’m pretty artistic and clever with that kind of stuff. I wish I had a coach other than that Dan Erlewine video.
     
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  8. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    That guitar was the fore runner the Elites and now Ultras. It is a nice playing guitar. My #1 is an 07 Am Delux. You have the S1 switch, and the LSR nut, and are those SCN pickups?

    Artificially aging is a crap shoot. Leave it.
     
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  9. Old Guy

    Old Guy Strat-Talker

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    Relic, relick, (this i before e except after cee weighs on my mind) NO NO NO. If it is a good instrument then sell it to someone who knows a good instrument when he plays one.
     
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  10. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Hi, @dscottyg
    I think if try to relic , since poly -The chance it will look weird is high?
    in my opinion
    A few play dings on poly is different to potential buyer.
     
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    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    leave it as it is!
     
  12. Danny D

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    Please no.
     
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    Sixstringer107 Strat-O-Master

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    I'd leave it as is.
     
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  14. WelhavenT

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    As is. People like mojo, home-made relic not as much.
     
  15. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    It's fine like it is.
     
  16. Handsome McClane

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    It's already relic'd. I'd leave it be.
     
  17. Bladesg

    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    If you plan on selling it then I'd leave it alone. If its a keeper then do as you please.....
     
  18. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Guitartist Silver Member

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    Nail polish. It's easily removed with acetone if the new owner doesn't like it, presuming that is a poly finish.
    Whatever you do, don't screw it up with an amateur relic job.
     
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    No, leave it alone.
     
  20. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 to every single "leave it be" response
     
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