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    To me relicing is just another finish option. I've seen some great looking relic'd Teles, but they've been making Teles almost 70 years (and you can't just 'go out and buy one' of those oldies). An old Explorer should be korina though, so this one literally makes no sense at all to me. Making a relic of a guitar that came out in '58 in a finish you couldn't buy in '58? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    There is just something intrinsically ridiculous about the music industry bitching about relicing, guys with full sleeve tattoes of like, photorealistic flames and impeccably detailed scenes from Japanese myth being like, "Yeah, I have a problem with people doing stupid shit to look cool".
    That is funny right there
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim777 View Post
    To me relicing is just another finish option. I've seen some great looking relic'd Teles, but they've been making Teles almost 70 years (and you can't just 'go out and buy one' of those oldies). An old Explorer should be korina though, so this one literally makes no sense at all to me. Making a relic of a guitar that came out in '58 in a finish you couldn't buy in '58? Why?
    Gibsons been doing this forever, making every non LP model into a high end LP model. As a big time Explorer fan I agree the classic is Korina with a Rosewood fretboard with dots. They do the LP featured Vs and Explorers because there is a bigger market for them. There's not a super big market for period correct Explorers or Firebirds compared to their LP market.

    Agree on it essentially being another finish option. Logically I can't defend all these finishes and then call out some Relic'd piece of shit for being inauthentic.







    Unless your guitar is so natural the wood literally still has the bark attached and still has sap contained within, it's kind of difficult to have the moral high ground against relic's.

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    You can always defend the Bolted Steel finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim777 View Post
    An old Explorer should be korina though, so this one literally makes no sense at all to me. Making a relic of a guitar that came out in '58 in a finish you couldn't buy in '58? Why?
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    Not enough relicing on the points to be "realistic" for an Explorer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    I think relic'ing gets an unfair amount of hate.
    It may not be as unfair as you think.



    Okay, I've often nitpicked the relic craze. Do to your guitar what you want.

    But... don't expect me to fork out twice as much for a fiddle because you paid your brother's half-wit kid to drag it behind his tricycle. Yes, 30-year-old Floyd Rose aficionados need gainful employment, but he's not my kid.

    Beating the shit out of a perfectly good guitar doesn't increase its value in my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    I couldn't watch any movies with CGI. The only thing I could watch is Downton Abbey. Which is a shame, because while Downton Abbey is an excellent program that presumably only features light CGI, I've already seen it like, 17 times.
    So *that's* what you've been doing for the last several months.


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    Why is it relic'd guitars are always beat to total shit? Where's the "taken care of" reissues with the one or two dings and the one scratch that someone tried to buff out twice?

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