Relic models - neck wear vs body wear?

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  1. joshigh

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    The miss matched ones I’ve seen are typically the opposite. Pristine body. Destroyed neck.
     
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    The back of the neck is really the only part I care about feeling worn. That and most of them being lighter is what I like about relics. I want the body to look like it was cared for fairly well.
     
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    That may not be a Nocaster as I don't know exactly when Fender made them Black.
    Not knocking you but are you sure?
    Also that neck shows no signs of wear.JMHO
     
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    A stab in the dark.... The neck is off another guitar
    but hey it must be CS it has a C.O.A and a massive CS logo sticker on the case
     
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    Fender has done a few years in black. I've seen more than one with a clean neck and heavy relic body, just weird they'd be produced like that...
     
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    I got to have some relic on my neck too .
     

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    My feeling about the black "Nocaster" is that it is a partscaster. Non original case is also a clue, and finally, while it does say "Nocaster" on that certificate, I think the serial number, DG0885 would be for a Danny Gatton Tele...
     
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    That guitar in the Reverb listing looks completely fake to me, so I wouldn't base any opinions off that.
     
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    New relic guitars are like offering a new car for sale that has been dinged, rusted, and paint artificially scraped and sun-damaged so you can feel like a veteran driver with lots of miles under your belt. And everyone knows you bought it that way, because the "relic" treatment is phony-looking.
     
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    I'm pretty much a relic myself, at this age anyway.
    My neck is worn-down, my body is worn down, and my wallet is really worn down.

    I used to go six-foot-two and 240 pounds.

    This is all that left of me now, after all the living and the marriages.
    :(

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    The real garage sale relics I've bought usually have big, uncomfortable, gouges on the back of the neck from being banging into stuff over the years. I've not ever seen this on a new relic. Their necks feel smooth and comfortable. What's up with that?
     
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    Depends on who relics it I suppose.
     
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    I'd presume that there are players who like the look of finish worn off a body but don't like the look of divots all over the fingerboard made with sandpaper.
    Maybe a really thin nitro finish on the neck will get play wear fast enough, assuming the buyer actually plays the guitar a lot.

    The black nocaster on reverb may be a partsnocaster though, so YMMV!
     
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    Here's one for the haters. I don't think of it as a car that's bashed in, more of a broken-in pair of jeans. I made one of those super trashed type 'art' guitars out of beat up $200 Craigslist MIM 50s and some ReRanch rattle cans. I didn't really have the tools to do the neck right, but I went for it anyway.
    IMG_3965.jpg IMG_3987.jpg IMG_4098.JPG I built it to my liking, pickups, wiring, bakelite etc. I got about $350 into mine and it plays great. Plus, you never have to worry about putting it in the case like a 3.5K Custom Shop guitar. ;-)
     
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    I'd noticed quite a few CS relics recently with this "feature" myself. Not just the Journeyman (less beat up) ones either. They seem to be leaving more of the finish on the necks but still taking it off the body. Maybe it's a client demand thing?
     
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    I like relics as a finish choice, and have one I put together with a MJT butterscotch body. My problem with most neck treatments is that a Real relic (a guitar that is old) may have a worn fretboard, but the back will mostly only have occasional dents and dings. They wear uniformly to the wood only if someone sanded it that way. I purchased a used Fender American neck that was a bit dinged and dented, and it looks the part. Most fingerboard neck 'wear' looks like they tried too hard, it me anyway.
     
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