To relic or not to relic

rattus77

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Hi all i slightly damaged my tele body just behind the bridge whilst cleaning and restringing. Anyway the other way i tried to hide the damage with some paint but made the damge worse. The question is do i try and relic the guitar or get it resprayed. The guitar in question is a black 20006 highway one the same guitar on my profile pic.
 

rattus77

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Thats a good point at the end of the day it still sounds great. Sometimes i look at the damage and want to get it repaired professionally
 

Bill Hullett

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Rattus

Hi Rattus....
By your post it sounds like you would be happy with only the opposite ends of the spectrum??!! (if you were talking about beef , that's like saying since its not Raw anymore, should I burn it?) Just accept it as phase .01 of a Tele and it will be reliced before you realize it.....the last thing I would do if it were me is refin....When you add up the cost of a refin and calculate the depreciation that a refin takes, it would add up to more than the guitar is worth...

JMHO
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milocj

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I'm not a huge relic fan, though I do like some of them and I don't mind a naturally worn guitar. I do think that whenever the relic fad has passed that a well taken care of guitar with a few chips and dings will be worth more than a homemade relic job (even if that might not be the case now). I even suspect that a used MIM in excellent condition may eventually be worth more than a used Roadworn at some point in the future.
 

z-clay

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I'd play it like I stole it from now on. It will develop honest wear in time and be so much cooler than any relic.
 

JohnnyRick

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Do nothing.

Play the damn thing until your fingers bleed.

Concentrate on the sound, not the appearance.

The guitar will acquire it's own unique 'look' as time goes by.

I think both extremes are crazy.

Babying the guitar or willfully damaging it.
 

Mur

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Relic'ing works with a nitrocellulose finish. Otherwise, good luck.
 

Brian blaut

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you just need time to bond with your 'damage'. Do nothing, and you'll soon get used to seeing it, like the mole on a supermodel's cheek. You'll see it as the familiar one of a kind markings only on the guitar that you love. And, you'll let go. The next ding won't feel so bad.
 

scoots

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you know, if it bothers you, black might be an easy fix. maybe see what a local wood shop guy might charge you for a spot touchup. personally though, i wouldn't purposely relic a guitar. my am dlx has a few areas that have been unintentionally reliced. if you leave it as is, it is a genuine relic. no posers, the real deal.
 

Mur

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I think Mur meant that it works on fully nitro finishes, not so well on poly base with a nitro skin. I'd leave it, and let nature take it's course.
Not familiar with the Highway One, but a while back I tried to make a 52ri look old and it didn't work. Turned out horrible.
 




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