Should I relic this Strat to sell?

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  1. SatinNeck81

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    It already has chips in it which I assume happened naturally from a drop or 2, why bother? You got it for a good price, call it a "light relic" if you want, but you'll make money selling as is. If you are keeping it do whatever you want.
     
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  2. pblanton

    pblanton Strat-Talk Member

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    Leave it alone and I'll give you $700 for it.
     
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    Another for leaving it alone.

    I'm a part time guitar tech, and banjo builder. I've never seen a "relic" job that didn't look like a child decided to make something look old. The best "reic-ing" is done by antique dealers who want to convert modern furniture into "antiques" for gullible buyers. But they know what a real relic looks like. And they are subtle. Like the reicing that already exists on this instrument.

    Be kind to your guitars.
     
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  4. Guy Named Sue

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  5. stratman323

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    5 pages. That's enough.

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  6. holyjaguar

    holyjaguar Strat-Talk Member

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    "relicing" any guitar,in my opinion is Dishonest,whether or not you plan to resell said guitar;but especially if you are going to expect someone else to pay you good money.If you are keeping a guitar,you are expecting people to believe YOU wore the guitar to its present condition youself,Again Dishonest.People put Guitars up for sale all the time,"reliced". I would not touch one with a ten foot pole. I Do Modify My own Guitars,as far as electronic\bridges\hardware,etc.,but the wear on them happens as naturally,and as minimally,as posible,Because,...I love all of them,Tools though they may be.
     
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  7. Exhead

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    Please leave it, play it, love it.
     
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    Leave it. Nothing wrong with genuine battle scars.
     
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  9. Daddypantz

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    I would vote to leave it jus5 like it is. To me it looks great!
     
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    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    Is there a good reason for you to expect that your relic job would look awesome? Have you relic'd many guitars before? Pro relics can look great. Backyard relics not so much.

    And is the number of hours of effort you are going to put in going to justify the extra few hundred bucks you'll make on it?
     
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    If you don’t have CUSTOM SHOP authentication, you will just be tearing the guitar up for nothing. Same goes for ‘fixing’ it
     
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  12. kewlbug

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    Late here. Unless you plan to completely strip it down and refinish in Nitrocellulose, a “relic” will look HORRIBLE.
    I cringe and laugh every time I see a Poly guitar “relic” posted. They usually look like it was dragged behind a truck and jabbed at with a screwdriver.
    Poly guitars will look nice and shiny for 100 years if you take care of them.

    sell as is, or have someone capable do a touch up..
     
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  13. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    My opinion only, but I think artificial relics are stupid. However, if I found out it would bring me more money, I’d be headed down the street to Ace for some sand paper.
     
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    If selling, I wouldn't touch a thing. I have touched up a few nicks that bothered me on guitars I never plan to sell though.
     
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    Leave it as is. Besides, it's got character. ;)
     
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    Relicing....some good more better.

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    Yes. Rub it on the sidewalk and you'll get another thou from buyers like me who love their heavy relics. And no, I'm not offering to buy this very one whether you relic it or not. I'm just being generous with other people's gear. To be serious, the relic-ing process should only be done on a guitar you're hoping sell if you are experienced.
     
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    That’s what I paid for it. it’s on Reverb.
     
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    IMHO.. Relicing is kind of an art. If you are otherwise artistically inclined then your chances of success are above average. But if art in general is lost on you, can't draw, can't paint etc. thinking you'll suddenly develop the eye for creating a good relic is fighting the odds.

    Again jmho
     
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  20. dscottyg

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