1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Why Custom Shop Relic Tele's sound better?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Groberts, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    11,162
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Location:
    Marion, VA
    With all due respect, no. Wood matters. A solid body guitar is not bedrock. Energy leaves the strings through the saddles and frets, more so at the resonant frequencies. The vibrational energy remaining in the strings is what generates the signal from the pickup.

    I agree with you about the effect of the finish. Infinitesimal.
     
  2. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    11,162
    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Location:
    Marion, VA
    I wonder if the CS relics move down a different assembly line at the factory, and are assembled by a different group of employees.
     
  3. brightlight

    brightlight Tele-Meister

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    165
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Location:
    Fort Edward, NY
    It's been said, the properties of a given plank of wood have an affect on how the strings vibrate. But to say that a certain species does this and that is pseudo-science. Not that I like to think of guitars and guitar playing as science to begin with.

    As far as HOW the wood matters...See Taylor's pallet wood guitar.
     
  4. Mark Moore

    Mark Moore Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,404
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Location:
    OKUSA
    I think it's all in your melon. :cool:
     
  5. brightlight

    brightlight Tele-Meister

    Age:
    33
    Posts:
    165
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Location:
    Fort Edward, NY
    Basically. Yes :lol:
     
  6. garyd5158

    garyd5158 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,029
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Hey, can one of you creative graphic art types make some bumper stickers like

    "My Squire Classic Vibe sounds better than your Custom Shop Relic"

    and

    "My Custom Shop Relic sounds better than your Squire Classic Vibe"

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,353
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Location:
    Low Lands
    It 's funny. I have also had the same experience as the OP. I used to check out every CS Fender that came and went in a local music shop over here, for quite some time and I definitely noticed the very same thing an two of my guitar buddies too.
     
  8. fancychords

    fancychords Tele-Holic

    Age:
    74
    Posts:
    584
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Location:
    staten island ny
    Because you want them to...
     
  9. Bickert Fan

    Bickert Fan Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,155
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    Location:
    Cape Cod, MA
    LOL!
     
  10. szechuanking

    szechuanking Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    516
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    Location:
    new jersey
    i've noticed that my sunburst sounds much brighter than my solid black.
     
  11. Stuco

    Stuco Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,796
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Location:
    GA
    It's all in your head. The nitro finshes and relics do have a different feel to them which my guess is you subconsciously prefer that feel. A thin and/or worn finish makes a guitar feel more resonant, the wood is closer to your hands and body.
     
  12. Bickert Fan

    Bickert Fan Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,155
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    Location:
    Cape Cod, MA
    Oh my, really?

    I guarentee (I love that one) that the reason Custom Shop guitars sound better than non-CS guitars is because they employ Keebler Eleves and the Lucky Charms leprechaun to sprinkle some magic on each and every custom shop guitar before it leaves the shop.

    "Yellow fifty-twos....Green thinlines...Purple Deluxes...They're magically delicious....err...better!"

    And yes...that's sarcasm. Of course I cannot guarantee the employment of elves and leprechauns at the Fender custom shop. But...who can guarentee me Santa Clause really lives at the North Pole? ...I thought so. :eek:
     
  13. qblue

    qblue Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,978
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2009
    Location:
    Clarks Summit, PA
    Take a sugar pill and you'll feel better.

    Listen to a CS relic and YOU just know it sounds 'better'....than MIA, MIM, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Jackson, Gretsch, Hollings, Epiphone, Washburn....
     
  14. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    16,123
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Location:
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    I won't argue any reasons or tech aspects but when I got my hands on this one at the Arlington Guitar Show I had to break the bank and take it home. From Daves Guitar: 6.8 lbs. 10/56 neck with 9.5 radius. The way it feels in my hands and sounds to my ears can't be described.
     

    Attached Files:

  15. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Posts:
    14,056
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Location:
    Vermont
    Custom Shop instruments simply go through a better construction process with more attention to detail.

    I have to agree with the OP that The Relics do indeed sound the best. I don't know why, nor do I care.

    When I go shopping, I put on blinders and shop with my ears and fingers. I am not a fan of relic instruments in general but, most often the ones that I like tone of best seem to be relics.

    Why? Who cares! Just play the frickin thing and enjoy it! Nothing ruins a good experience faster than people who feel they have to explain and scrutinize every little detail to the point where all the joy is sucked out of it.

    Why does the mist rise off the lake in the morning? I don't know. But I like it!
     
  16. fezz parka

    fezz parka ---------------------------

    Posts:
    13,841
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Location:
    Del Floria's Tailor Shop
    A good guitar is a good guitar. CS, US, MIM, MIJ, MIK, MIC, whatever.:lol:
     
  17. rolling56

    rolling56 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,023
    Joined:
    May 8, 2010
    Location:
    Mangling notes since '81 in SW Misery
    Seems like a good topic for a video fezz ;) :lol:
     
  18. Groberts

    Groberts Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    780
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Location:
    Tucson
    Stunning Tele!! Gotta love those lighter weight Tele's too. They are so seductive.
     
  19. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    773
    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
    That's a sweet Custom Shop Tele you got there Telex76. The Arlington Guitar Show is certainly a great place to buy a cool guitar like that.
     
  20. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    16,123
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Location:
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    I got that one 3 years ago. I was so broke I didn't even go to the last one.
    I agree that each guitar stands on its on no matter where it was built. I've played Nocasters that were just dogs, and Classic 50's that were great. Nearly any model, if you can go thru enough of them you can find a good one.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.