Tele pick guard aging

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  1. Tele5284

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    Hey, all just tried my first attempt at aging a pick guard. Thoughts? Got a little bit of spittle from the spray gun when I sprayed the antique. Not to worried about it though. B1CC83AC-BE94-4094-9C19-7B94410D0570.jpeg
     
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    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

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    Okay, you asked... My honest opinion. I don't get it, how would a pick guard age like that? I'm not sure what's going on there. Not trying to be a jerk, being honest. I think aging a pick guard to look legit is really difficult. I've tried it a couple times and gave up.
     
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    tbh i think aging a pickguard is kind of pointless (vs. other parts of the guitar). once you play the guitar for like a month or two it gets all scratched up from where you strum or put your hands (especially on the high E side). my current pickguard is about a year and a half old and it's all scratched up and looking "played." i guess on white it can be nice to use coffee or some other tinting to not look so jarringly white. but as far as "damage," or dulling...that happens suprisingly fast. at least with my hands anyway.
     
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    Well take a look at Roy Buchanan’s pick guard. They were lacquered, over time from finger nails and strumming the lacquer would chip out. So I sprayed some lacquer, about 4 coats, wet sanded and buffed it and then hit it with a sand blaster and then sprayed antique on it.
     
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    Tough crowd here. Let's see the rest of the guitar!
     
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    Neat!

    I think the aging is a little heavy for my taste. Here's a link to what I would use as a reference:

    https://www.twangcentral.com.au/products/1954-fender-blackguard-telecaster-4292

    I'm having a hard time finding a great picture of Roy's Nacy but what I've seen so far is on the subtler side too.

    That seems to be the real trick with this stuff. People want heavily relic'd stuff but a lot of the older guitars, even the heavily played ones, just don't look very beat.

    That said I'm personally not against the aggressive relic look. I think those guitars are art in their own respect.

    I'd like to see the whole guitar too :)
     
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    The neck is currently going through the process, but here you go A9F6F563-12D7-4481-848E-31F4DE12FC87.jpeg 2EA1C4D0-93B1-48A2-82BE-8F52F6CC06F9.jpeg A72CC722-31B7-442E-AFD5-47E5A107D7F3.jpeg
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    cool stuff!

    I don't understand what I'm seeing on the fretboard. Do mind explaining it? In the pictures it looks like the finger wear spots are currently raised (maybe that's tape?)

    I like the checking you got. I did a Strat with really find crazing lines, even smaller than that. It ended up very "unrealistic" but I still enjoy it.

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    Yes that is tape, I don’t want to use acetone or peel out the finger wear.
     
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    Did you use like a air duster can upside down?
     
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    After heating it up with a blow-dryer :lol:

    Also the bittering agent from the air duster got all over my hands. It was terrible :lol:
     
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    I once screwed a white tele pick guard to a board and put it in the backyard for some months. It came out pretty nicely aged lookin. Not like "played for 100 years" aged but it took the shine off and made the white a bit not so white.
     
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    Yea, it’s not good stuff. The only thing I hate about that stuff is that it centralizes the checking area and it always looks like a crazy spider web. If the lacquer has less plasticizer in it a deep freeze works the best
     
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    Nice!
     
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    They do age that way, two original black guards.
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    Sorry it’s the same guitar, not two different ones. But there you go.
     
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    Side note that Tele belonged to Ed King, I saw it at Carter’s vintage guitars before it was sold. Soooooo much mojo!
     
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    Hey, fwiw, I’ve seen many pickguards like that and think yours is excellent. I would put it on mine if it were an Esquire.
     
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    I think you're off to a good start on that pickguard. What about also doing what @jays0n did to it as well? BTW - What's with the tape on the neck... are those places where you didn't want to put laquer for relic'ing later?
     
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    That looks like some kind of finishing stripper to me.
     
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