a new "relic" guitar...

Discussion in 'Guitar & Gear Reviews' started by Naldo, May 9, 2019.

  1. Naldo

    Naldo Electromatic

    Feb 16, 2019
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    This may have been brought up before, but I'm really curious about your thoughts.

    Seems like there is a trend in relic guitars. To me this seems like buying a trophy you haven't earned. Sure they can look cool, but it's fake. Am I missing something?
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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Ha... I think you may have missed a few threads...
    Yeah, I don’t get it either. Allthough I did bleach and tear my Levis back in highschool, so maybe I do get part of it. :)
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  3. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Naldo, Naldo Naldo, Naldo.......Naldo, what are we going to do with you....

    The relic trend has been a very hot topic on many guitar forums. Pick your side, arm yourself and prepare to engage the enemy.
  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I don't mind the ageing of hardware and nitro "crazing" but the "roadworn" relic where it looks like someone took a belt-sander to random parts of the guitar leaves me utterly cold.
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    My tele fat neck came to me relic’d. The price was too good. It’s not something I prefer, but it doesn’t bother me that much. Plus, i’ve played the tele I attached it to for about 10 years, so I’ve “earned” it!
  6. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Relicing doesn't do anything for me. I like new and shiney, and I try hard to keep my gear in good shape. That said, yes, I am a hobbyist that also plays in church, so my gear is not subjected to many gigs throughout the year like some others here. I don't expect my gear to relic much, so I'm content with shiney, and if I did go with a relic job, I don't think anyone would buy that I am some kind of journeyman.
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  7. Naldo

    Naldo Electromatic

    Feb 16, 2019
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    Well I came here first and posted this....THEN I googled the topic. Boy did I step in it. Apparently more threads get locked on this topic than any other. So sorry about that and never mind.
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  8. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I love the look of an older well played, worn, but loved guitar.
  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    Don’t worry about it, we are pretty civil here and the most intense battles occur in the solid body guitar forums, like the Telecaster and Strat forums I’m part of.
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I approve of HONEST relics. Otherwise, it's just like those fake flight jackets with the bogus patches on them---pointless, unearned, and no more than lies.

    For what a guitar costs me, I want it pristine. I'll add my own dents and scratches, thank you. They're gonna happen---but I'll be the one to make them.

    Copying a famous persons guitar, especially the damage, is even more pointless. You're NOT that person, so why should you have his guitar? It won't make you sound like said person. A tribute or a signature guitar is one thing, but an abused new guitar is another.
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  11. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    This forum has been pretty civil on it as usual. I don’t recall any locked on this topic even with strong opinions
  12. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Let’s make this simple. It’s just an option. If you like it, buy it. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it. I like it. I don’t mind you not liking it. :)
  13. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I love fake relics....and real ones!
  14. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Agreed. The relic look isn't for me—I like my gear sparkly and shiny—but that's just my taste. If other people like it, great! Guitars are for making people happy. Whatever guitar makes you happy is the right guitar for you. (And hey, Springsteen has his luthier relic his new guitars. If Springsteen is cool with it, then it's cool.)
  15. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Different strokes.
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  16. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I'm gonna really blow your mind............I want a 100 year old guitar that looks BRAND NEW!
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I’m a bicycle rider and 30+ years ago and about as many pounds ago I raced roads and crits. I must admit it cracks me up to see riders out there wearing full team kits that have never even been in a race.
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  18. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Being civil here and just sharing my own viewpoint and reaction to some stated previously here and elsewhere, I don't understand the perspective of "you didn't earn that aesthetic look you like so you suck" that tends to pop up in these kind of threads. The furthest I gravitate towards a relic in a new guitar is a satin finish w/ checking and not shiny hardware but I fail to see how someone else who prefers their new guitar to be worn/beat up when they buy it is any different than buying a player grade used instruments or that every bit of wear on an instrument has to be "earned" to respect the person playing them.

    I also (obviously) have no problem buying, putting together, or playing signature models or tribute guitars of my guitar/bass heroes either (or completely random players who I have next to zero familiarity w/ if the instrument does it for me) despite having no illusions about them making me sound like the guitarist that may have inspired them. If they're cool guitars that do good things for me functionally, why wouldn't I? I guess I'm part fan boy at heart but don't most people get inspired by the things, sounds, and players they love?

    Anywho, I strongly support everyone doing their own thing w/ guitars, and liking or disliking whatever they want, and sharing their opinions. It really doesn't matter what random people on the internet think when you get right down to it but it does kinda bother me when opinions about guitars (any gear really) start traversing over into making value judgments about the people who own them ;)
    Last edited: May 10, 2019
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  19. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    You have to be polite when you have a hollow body, or some pr**k might deflate you.
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  20. Darren1982

    Darren1982 Electromatic

    May 4, 2019
    When you buy an old vintage it’s been used and abused by someone else. Its got war wounds. You didn’t do it, someone else did.

    I love relics when there not overdone. It means it doesn’t matter if you make more dings.
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