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    Deliberate relic = mo money, mo money, mo money?

    This concept is a bit foreign to me, I guess.

    I was talking to someone about a Strat today and he mentioned, as one of the features, a custom relic job. He seemed vexed... that I didn't find any value in that.

    Now this is just me, but I'm not going to pay extra for some dipshit to sand the corners off a guitar or scrape the paint with a pick, or whatever the hell, any more than I'm going to pay extra for the same douche to drill holes in the fender of a classic Mustang to encourage rust and body rot.

    I get that guitars get dings and scrapes and wear - and folks find that sexy in classic guitars like older Strats. But when companies start making "relic'd" guitars (even just painting them to look that way) it's like buying jeans with factory holes in the knees instead of working the street corners and putting holes in the knees yourself.

    Okay, rant over. Fuck. I don't feel any better.

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    I have no desire to own an intentionally relic'd guitar. I get the idea and nostalgia of it, but I would rather buy a beater or something that's been around the block and earned it's badges. I have zero interest in pre-distressing a guitar.

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    I hate new guitars, I love used ones due to the fact I'm not afraid to get them beat up. However, fuck relicing. If you don't play your instrument enough to actually get it worn the old fashioned way then stop trying to pretend. You can tell the difference between a guitar that's been played and broken in versus one that's had just a pathetic imitation of such work done to it.

    So yeah, I completely agree with you.

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    yeah relic'd guitars are gayer than cum on a mustache.

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    IMO, it's a ridiculous idea. You can't force character.

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    Yup I feel the same about buying faded jeans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxadam View Post
    I have no desire to own an intentionally relic'd guitar. I get the idea and nostalgia of it, but I would rather buy a beater or something that's been around the block and earned it's badges. I have zero interest in pre-distressing a guitar.
    This.

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    I'll take my beat to shit RG550's over those 10k plus warmoth built pieces of shit that they peddle over at TGP.

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