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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by kbold, Jun 29, 2019.
Well, I've never had this conversation. You obviously have.
Sort of regret posting it now.
My teeth are reliced, and I just bought some gel to un-relic them.
I prefer to think of myself as a journeyman relic.
I like relics for this reason. I have drooled over 50's and 60's tele's, strats and les pauls etc since my early days of learning to play. They have always been unaffordable or more recently unjustifiable purchases. You can clone the exact look of them for around $1000 bucks or less worth of partscaster which is great. No need to play a thick poly encased guitar if you don't want to. And you don't need to go overboard with the relic. You can choose whatever level you want.
The automotive equivalent of relics would be replicas. Want a Cobra, but don’t have a hundred grand stashed in the sock drawer? That’s the market that replicas fulfill.
Gibson and Fender are frantically trying to hold on to the vintage guitar branding and marketing -- they use it by making reissues and whatnot. If the market ever truly turns around where guitar players want 'fresh and new' only, then players can get that from any of a thousand guitar companies. Gibson and Fender will have no advantage. So the whole relic fad is being perpetuated by those companies to maintain their marketing position in the buyer's minds. "You need the guitar that made Hendrix/Clapton/Page/etc famous!"
Imagine the problem if buyers reacted to guitars the same as cars "what, no multiple airbags? no ABS? no safety glass in the windows?" "I need a guitar with air conditioning and electric windows and an automatic transmission!". Soon it will include "I need a self-driving car that can take me down to the store to get more smokes and beer without me getting a ticket or smashing something!"
Tell you what, a pristine, shiny butterscotch blonde Tele just doesn’t look ‘right’ to me.
I agree but cars were also a lot cooler looking in the 50's, 60's and 70's.
I prefer my cars with chrome bumpers and no computers etc.
I agree, looks suspicious like there must be some issues with it seeing as it looks unplayed.
I don't like worrying about the finish on my guitars. I don't abuse them but I don't want to be concerned too much about keeping them mint either.
Chrome was pulled off cars for pedestrian safety. The forward rake of 60s car grills tended to pull pedestrians down under the wheels so grills are designed to bounce them on top of the car hood.
Same way sharp edged Teles were modified into more rounded bodied Strats when used for crowd control at a concert.
I think folks buy shiny new guitars because they want people to think that they can’t play at all...
I like them shiny new too, I just don't care for having to baby them to keep them that way.
I end up gravitating to play the light reliced guitars more because they feel more comfortable and i'm at ease playing them not worrying about a new scratch.
I’m reasonably careful with my guitars, but I don’t obsess over little nicks or dings. Stuff happens.
The post wasn't a complaint about reliced guitars. (Although I did voice my opinion wrt to this).
The question was whether the fad of relicing is coming to an end.
Different topic. Only whoanelly15 seems to have actually addressed the question.
It’s not a fad, it’s an extension of desire for the old stuff. The ‘fad’ would end if the real vintage stuff dropped back down to non-collector pricing.
Isn’t a fake relic a well used guitar?
It doesn't look like the relic trend will end any time soon. Young players draw inspiration from the older players so they also end up seeking similar looking guitars. Even the Metal pro players and up with beat up guitars that I imagine fans of theirs like to duplicate.
I wanted a beat up fiesta red early 60's strat in 1980 but it was out of my price range then. I own a replica of that guitar now. It took me over 30 years to get it and i'm thankful I had the option to assemble a relic replica of it but with a preferred neck radius and fret size.
Oh Lord, not this subject again.
I think we should change the subject to the best string gauge.