Originally Posted by noodles
I think relic'ing gets an unfair amount of hate.
On one hand, I think it's contrived, and it looks terrible and unconvincing, but on the other, it doesn't even break the top 10 list of "Stupid things happening in the guitar industry".
It's kind of a double whammy, not only is it a poser idea, but the execution is always really unconvincing. If they had like, the Lord of the Rings weapon crew do it and it looked good, it wouldn't be quite as bad.
I don't personally like it, but it's not exactly a recent trend in the guitar industry to do inauthentic things for aesthetic appeal. The guitar industry had been dying ebony a uniform black for so many years that people think it comes from the tree like that.
Idealogically I think trying to pass it off relic'ing as real is a bit objectionable, but people do stupid things for a specific aesthetic look all the time.
This is America. If some guy wants to airbrush a wizard riding a dragon on the side of his van he's allowed too. When the end of the American Golden Age ended and people forgot the ways of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders and started saying things like, "Maybe we shouldn't be hunting turtles to extinction for our guitar plectrums" the pick industry switched to making fake turtle plectrums. They could have just made plectrums from the ground up that were unrelated to the idea of being harvested from noble centuries old tortoises that may or may not have met Charles Darwin on his historic voyage to the galapagos, but instead the industry was like, "the people want plectrums made out of turtle shells, so we'll give them plectrums made out of fake turtle shells."
Once you start drawing a line that relicing is objectionable because it's fake, it brings up all sorts of uncomfortable questions. Like, I have a pedal that has the reverb sound of a cathedral. Am I a poser for not having the real cathedral on hand? Yeah, I think it's stupid, but if I wanted to start picking apart every facet of the showbusiness industry and scorning everything that's fake 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.