Should I relic this Strat to sell?

Guithartic

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 10, 2021
1,816
Jacksonville, FL
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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Ebidis

Providing the world with flat bends since 1985
Nov 14, 2013
29,535
Alabama
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.
 

Guithartic

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 10, 2021
1,816
Jacksonville, FL
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.
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.
 

Bowmap

100 seconds to midnight
Platinum Supporting Member
Dec 23, 2017
11,912
Third Door Down
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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