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Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by DBONE, Nov 22, 2017.
not over the top but relic it and antique pick guard and knobs?
Just do it yourself. I would imagine someone would charge you at least $50 to relic it. You can buy relic pickguards, knobs, etc but at that point you probably have about as much into it as the guitar is worth if it's a Squire Affinity.
You ought to be arrested for such ill speak. Sending a guitar off to be relic'd should be punishable with licks from a wet noodle.
Is this a Troll post?
Typically, it's somewhere between difficult and impossible to create convincing wear patterns on a polyurethane finish. YMMV, but I've never seen it done well so it looked like natural playing wear. You can chip and nick the finish, but if that's all you do IMO it just looks like intentional damage.
Pick guard and knobs are easy. Age yours with tea or coffee. You can also get new parchment or eggshell colored parts, but pay attention to...
1. Pole spacing on the pickups. Make sure the new covers match your spacing. Measure all three pickups, as they may not all be the same spacing.
2. The knurl on your pots. Alpha and many other Asian pots have a coarse knurl, where CTS and many other US-made pots have a fine knurl. They are not interchangeable.
Probably a good idea to state what kind of Squier and you're talking about having done. Maybe even some pics, we like pics
Send it to me. I'll strap it on a chain and drag it behind a 1/2 ton pickup truck for a couple of miles...
Send it to me, I'll play it for thirty years and send it you back.
It would be cool to relic it by shipping it from Strat Talk member to member to member around the world without putting it in a box.
Naa, dont ship it. Hand off from member to member, everyone keeps it for two weeks and passes it on.
That might work too.
Sorry, I only relic $5K+ guitars.
... and Im sure business is booming ...
Go bury it in the backyard. Although, since you're in Texas, Winter may not have as dramatic effect as you'd like.
Another well known approach would be to bury it 30-38 inches deep in your yard. Then create a firepit over it, leaving 5 to -7 1/2 inches of dirt between the Squier and the base of your pit. Leave it buried until you've been able to alternate between fires and rain storms abiur 5-7 times. That will get you some pretty good results.
**insider tip: use the 5 dollar bundles of wood you find at gas stations for the fires. Yes, you will likely spend more on firewood than you spent on the Squier, but it will look great.
You can do relic wear with any finish you want. The easiest is to scuff up the existing finish with sandpaper, paint over that with 'good' paint and try to do a decent job, and then wear that paint layer back to reveal the original.
The secret to relics, that you don't realize until you own one, is how they feel like a well broken in pair of jeans. You achieve a lot of that by going over the whole body with 800-1000 grit paper and roll the fretboard edges.
I created this 'damage map' by stacking most of the Fender Custom Shop wear locations (I didn't do ones like the Rory Gallagher that has very little paint remaining). If you match the areas here you will be in good company with $3-$6k instruments.
The rest of that thread has some very good Tele relics.
Just tie it behind your car, drive around the block twice done.
That's not a Squier! That's an expensive '54 RI!
I had this body, had finished it natural and just never quite bonded with it. So I stripped it down and did this sunburst light relic a bit ago. But a guy has to know his limitations and not take something on if he isn't 100% on whether he has the skills for it.
Perhaps consider rather than paying someone to relic it for you, just spend the money on a body already done the way you prefer. Depending on cash availability you could hardly do better than an MJT body.
Send it to me
A palm sander and a thousand cigarettes aughta do it