THE UNTOLD STORY OF FENDER’S RELIC GUITARS

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  1. warrent

    warrent Friend of Leo's

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    Very interesting!
     
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    Impressive ingenuity.
     
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    To each his own. I like the look and all, and I understand why people want em but for me, I'd rather have that wear and tear naturally i.e. it shows that history in that I actually played my guitars enough to warrant such wear and tear, and they have a "story" to tell. I do have some guitars that I bought "just because" but the ones I play, I play hard and to me they're tools. If they get a ding, stain, chip, scratch, cracklin', etc. oh well... each of these blemishes are part of its history, and each one has a story behind it... and that story didn't involve a bag of bolts or 60 grit sandpaper ;)
     
  5. Blue Bill

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    Get that relic off my lawn!
     
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    Cool story.
    Reminds me of something i read about Ford designers designing the Mustang on their own front porch after hours.
     
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    That's a great story. The whole thing was born from an idea, a homemade business, and a love of classic Fenders.
     
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    Guys, the OP's intent was to show an article about Fender and their relicing process and the history of the same. Don't let this thread turn into another "I hate relics, I love relics" one. It's a finish option, that's all.
     
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    Great article. Thanks for posting. This is my Wildwood 10 '61 Relic Strat I purchased around 2012 or 2013. fullsizeoutput_74.jpeg
     
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    Interesting article indeed, thanks for posting!
     
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    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
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    I'm not fond of the look of a heavy relic. But I do like the feel of a worn in guitar. Nothing worse than a brand new guitar with a sticky finish. Since I'm 60 this year and no longer gig it would be impossible for me to get honest wear to the point where its comfortable. Many of us who spend lots on guitars are probably of an age where honest wear is highly unlikely. Unless you're talking to a 20 year old "Road Pro" the argument is lame.
     
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    Oddly enough, I'm dealing with that "new sticky" right now! LOL!! Yep, I here you ;)
     
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    I thought it was a really interesting article. I also think it's cool that the guy who got started relicing with Fender in a silent-partner sort of way didn't work for Fender at the time. Plus, he set up the relic/paint shop outside of Springfield, Missouri, in the state where I was born. That might just be the coolest thing that ever happened in Springfield next to Lou Whitney and cashew chicken.
     
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    i applaud their creativity never understood why it bothers some people so much, if you don't like it don't buy it, Like my daddy used to say "some people like their cucumbers pickled". I think we can all learn something from that statement.
     
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    I have a 1st tun, 2008 Fender Road Worn 60's Strat, that was mildly reliced and after 11 years, is nicely broken in,

    Funny, I don't see the worn areas when playing.

    YMMV
     
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    Those cunetto guitars are so expensive!
     
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    Great article!
     
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    Brilliant article thanks for posting it . Would be nice to own one of the early ones in particular.
     
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    Very cool article. Thanks for posting.
     
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