Should I relic this Strat to sell?

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  1. RoyC

    RoyC Senior Stratmaster

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    I hate relics, even though I am one my self.:)
     
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    Unless you know what you're doing, leave it alone. A great relic job looks great, unfortunately, most of them look awful.
     
  3. G Whisperer

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    It’s your guitar do with it as you please. I wonder if Tom Murphy had faced the same dilemma one day a long long time ago… Hmm.
     
  4. chas3rd

    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Leave it alone and be more careful with your next one bud.
     
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    Just sell it as it is, let the next person make that decision. You shouldn't make changes like that anticipating that the next person might want them, you're better off assuming it's best as is. The new player might see that as honest wear and like it.
     
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    you work at the fender or Nash custom shop?
     
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  7. gregwitt

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    No - absolutely not. In fact, don't even touch up the dings.
     
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    mazzolar59 Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I think it's beautiful just the way it is.
     
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    NNNNnnnnnoooooooo!!!!!!! A. Relicing is corny on a guitar that has no story to tell. The whole concept is cheesy. B. This guitar has already begun telling a real story - those chips are perfect like they are. The thing is beautiful. gouging it up would be an act of heresy.
     
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    In the words of John, Paul....... Let it be, Let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it BE.
     
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  12. Wayne Adams

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    I'd leave it just as it is.
     
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  13. kilroy

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    So happy to see everybody saying "Don't do it!". Don't do it.
     
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  14. Kingmarc1982

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    Honest wear is cool and tells its story. Artificial wear is just artificial and tells no story. In my opinion of course. Like a firefighter who holds his helmet in the heat so it will look the part. It’s fake and gets no respect from me
     
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    What why! If the paint like bubbled and peeled I'd say maybe. Battle scars dude, I accept that it can happen to any of my instruments. Shows use and is a cool little story. Dude, with the color of that strat, you could probably get those wood scratch marker's and fill these. Or you could seal them with very light clear nail polish, so they don't spread. I have a little nick on the neck heel on my 02 Jagstang, I just put a very thin coat of clear nail polish on it so it doesn't chip more. It never has since, years later.
     
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  16. DaMasta

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    You do you. It's your money not mine so my opinion shouldn't matter. You can toss it off a building if you want brah you paid for it!
     
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    User relicing devalues guitars.
     
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  18. Brooklyn Zeke

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    I had sent a '68 Gibson SG Standard to Gibson Repair and Restoration in Nashville, TN, for a neck reset back in 2006. When they called me to inform me it was ready to ship back to me, I asked them if I should have it refinished by them, since they already had it. It had gouges, scratches, dents, blemishes, and dings from decades of gigging. They strongly cautioned me not to have that done, stating that it would decrease the resale value of the instrument were I to ever sell it. It was worth more with the defects it had accumulated over time.
    Personally, I don't understand this whole relic-ing mania, especially considering that they charge a substantial amount for it. Would you buy a new, pre-damaged car? Relic-ing is just a euphemism for damaging. Sell it as is.
     
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  19. bluesguy62

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    +1
     
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  20. Stratofonic

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    NO NO don't destroy it. Unless, unless you are an ARTISTE IN THE FIELD OF COSMETIC AGING. Most home jobs look pretty fake. If you are selling just leave the naturally occuring dings and chips already there intact. Let the next owner (especially if he or she is young enough) to live and grow with it. Let it naturally age.
     
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