Originally Posted by Zero
By this I'm going to presume you don't, or haven't owned any actual vintage instruments...
Guys who already own vintage axes (like myself), who want to replace broken or uselessly worn parts, and can't afford to buy real originals, can resort to buying these relic parts, to at least keep the general vintage look intact, if not the actual tonal mojo if applicable. Personally, I think the whole relic scene is pretentious bullshit. Save your cash and wait for the good deals on real vintage instruments or parts, it'll come. It's out there if you know where to look and have patience. And yes, there is a huge
difference in the tone and feel between a really good, vintage instrument and a resulting reissue. The reissue '58 Les Paul Jr., '59 ES175 or '62 P.Bass can't hold a candle to the originals I have, flat out true.