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Advice on "relic-ing" a tele?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by australicaster, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Well, the good news is that we FINALLY know now that some people aren't crazy about relics and some are! Glad we got that figured out. :lol:

    And, whatever any one likes, they should have - no point in trying to please anyone else. ;)
     
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  2. jrblue

    jrblue Friend of Leo's

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    For some reason, I've never found skin/finish contact to be as debilitatingly painful as others report it to be, and so have never required the blessed relief of sanding away finish, which is there for a reason. Obviously, do whatever you want and need. Just understand that it will be obvious, many will find it, like most relic-ing, fairly ridiculous (which it is, but we all have some silly stuff we love and do; it's no crime), and just about nobody, including the relic-lovers here, will want a guitar that someone has fiddled with in that way. Please yourself, but don't expect others to necessarily share your views.
     
  3. teletail

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    +1

    Kind of like the little kids table at Thanksgiving dinner so they don't bother the adults. :D
     
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  4. burntfrijoles

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    Make sure Florida Man is near you to hold your beer and render “expert” instructions!
     
  5. wyclif

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    A couple of things that never look right to me with heavy relic jobs, even on nitrocellulose finished guitars:

    • The maple fretboard is reliced uniformly at almost every position. That looks so fake because nobody plays in every position equally across the fretboard, most players have certain "sweet spots" where they camp out and you can see this on genuine relics like Micawber and others.

    • The finish on the body is sanded away to a greater or lesser degree, but the non-sanded surfaces look pristine. Almost all old nitro finished guitars have some checking and crazing on the surface from bringing the guitar in from the cold and sweating it in a hot club while touring. The way a pro relic job achieves this is by using a bottle of compressed air to freeze the surface, then warming it up with a blow dryer until it checks to the desired level.
     
  6. radiocaster

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    Pee on it. The acid will wear the finish away.
     
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  7. skradlee

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    That is pretty much why I love baseball tees.
     
  8. Stucks69

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    Sand off the finish that your arm sticks to. It's not relicing it's performing a mod to make it more comfortable for you to play. Be bold let the critics whine.

    Sorry critics don't mean to criticise. ;-)
     
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