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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rob L, Jul 4, 2020.

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  1. Rob L

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    Why?
    I'm not being sacrcastic either. Why?
    I'm 57 and many of my generation spend time to keep our investments nice. We didn't want belt rash. He took the rings off our fingers. We cleaned them after every show or two.

    Now is seems the way to go is trash it. I've seen reliced Fenders going for $1500+. A brand new beat up guitar for $1500? Why would anyone spend that for a beat up guitar?

    I just don't understand the thought process behind it. Purposely beat up a guitar. Is it to make it look like you've been playing that guitar for years and years? Is it a prestige thing? Is it to look "cool".

    Another post was about idolizing players. Is that it. Get a SRV relic cause you idolize him? Get a Clapton one? A Beck one? Etc etc etc.

    I really don't understand putting time and money into a beautiful instrument then taking a hammer and files and a blow torch to it.

    People have told me..well it's their guitar they can do what they want. That's not an answer as to why. That's the response of someone who also has no idea. If someone wants to trash their guitar go for it. I just wonder why? What's the logic, reasoning behind it.

    Like why do some buy Fenders while others buy Gibson's or Jackson's, or Kramer's. There's always a reason behind that choice.

    Only guitar I ever beat up was an original Bullet when I was a young kid in a punk band and I didn't know better.

    Maybe I'll never understand it or maybe no one has a really good answer.
     
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    If someone comes into your home and tries to relic your guitar without your permission, it’s worth caring about. Til then? I say live and let live.
     
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    or we could just - i know this is going to sound like a crazy idea but just hear me out -- OR ... we could just not do a "what's the deal with relics?" thread ever again
     
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    To me, relics are fake... kind of like putting a Fender logo on the head of a no-name neck - it's a fake.

    So, why do "fakes"? Trying to be appear to be something that they are not. (And in the case of relics, often paying a LOT of extra money trying to be something they are not.). o_O Good question.
     
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    Some people avoid getting reliced, but there's a price to pay :eek: :lol:.
     
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    I've never seen this question end well.
     
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    It's not a hard realisation....

    Why do some people like antique furniture an not new?

    Why do some people like stone washed / worn / faded jeans and not dark blue new denim?

    Why in hot rods and vintage cars, is "patina" a thing....?

    its due to preferences in Style, Feel, preference of used items to new (or the appearance of new).

    It may not be for you or your taste but that is why.

    People my generation (sub boomer) or less don't have the money, time or capability to naturally wear a poly finish guitar like the old nitro ones did and some of those look cool, really cool. They often play nicely due to the finish beimg lnocked off them...played in....sort of.

    If any of the above are of your preference you need to buy a relic'd version.

    Simple.

    There is one other practical beneift...a relic'd guitar has no need to be precious with. You can lean it up, spill beer on it. knock it over and/or not worry about any of that and just use it.

    Saves having to worry about it, clean it religousley etc. Quite a freeing experience.
     
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    I hate relic guitars. But I own a 50s Road Worn Telecaster.

    Why?

    Because it has one of the best Tele necks that I’ve ever played.

    I think about unrelicing it sometimes. But then I just let the idea go.
     
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    Relic’s are earned , not made.
    I properly relic’d guitar is done with sweat , blood and tears. It’s body is flogged and beaten with the picking hand and neck strangled strangled with the fretting hand.
    A relic’d guitar has inherited part of your musical soul and that is only retrievable by you.
     
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