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Old January 29th, 2018, 02:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Relic SG

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I'm considering relicing my SG. Any tips ? TIA

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Old January 29th, 2018, 05:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to this place.

Relicing is always a contentious subject. I have nothing against them, in fact some of them I have owned from Fender and Gibson have been great playing and sounding guitars.

The worst 'relic' jobs I have seen have been done by their owners. It's difficult to compete against the manufacturers, so my tip would be to leave the SG alone and let it age naturally.

And this tip is from a person who took an electric sander to a Guild Slim Jim in the 60s, removing the Cherry colour to reveal the natural wood. Ruined the value, but I was happy at the time. Would never do it now. I just play them.
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Old January 29th, 2018, 06:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with John on this issue. I've never seen a great looking relic. Even factory done ones. I always find them extremely "over-reliced" when compared to my 43 year old Telecaster. The way I see it, my Tele has earned it's mojo, reliced guitars are just "posers". Just my personal opinion.

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Old January 29th, 2018, 10:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try just replacing the hardware with distressed ones. Then it'll look like an old guitar that was well taken care of. If the neck is sticky, hit it with 3M pad and then 400 grit sandpaper if it still needs it. 99% of real distressing is very slight and it is easy to overdo it. If you want a GREAT looking relic, strip it down and send it to MJT for a proper job.
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Old January 29th, 2018, 05:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Play it a lot, it should look great in about 10 years.


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Old January 29th, 2018, 09:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here is my 43 yr old naturally relic'd Tele. It was used exclusively every weekend for the first 22 years, until I started buying more guitars. I abused it in the early years. Left it in a van overnight a few times in the heat of summer and cold of winter. Used to crash the drummers cymbals with the headstock. Just had some mild finish checking on the body and nicks on the headstock.

The most wear is on the body. You can see the wear thru the plating on the ashtray and the control plate around the volume knob. The finish on the body is only slightly discoloured/worn from my arm and on the back edge, you can see where my strap wore thru the finish. I have no idea where that single big chip came from.

What I'm trying to show you here is that factoty relic'd guitars seem to be heavily overdone compared to a naturally aged relic. Like jimilee said, play it a lot for 10 years
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Old January 29th, 2018, 10:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have to ask why?
Just because I've never even considered trashing one of my instruments, and I've had some stinkers in my collection.
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Old February 1st, 2018, 04:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi and Welcome to Gibson-Talk, Gruff1. If that SG were mine I would let it relic itself just by using it but to each there own and the best to you on your project. See where some mfg's are calling it road worn on their new guitars............................
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Old February 1st, 2018, 04:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice Telecaster Infant !
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Old February 1st, 2018, 06:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice Telecaster Infant !
Thanks, I bought it new when I was 18. I played a lot of gigs with it over the years. I only got into palm muting about 15 yrs ago so as you can see, I've worn thru some of the plating on the ashtray as I used it as a hand rest.

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