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    Occasionally Onery Member CantankerousCarl's Avatar
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    What's Your Opinion on Relic-ing Guitars?

    Personally, I just don't get it.

    Admittedly, I am uber careful with my stuff, but things happen.

    But I just don't understand why someone would take something inherently beautiful, and destroy it in that manner. There is no discipline or story behind the destruction that makes it interesting.

    Plus, most of the ones I have seen just look like someone took a screwdriver to them. Which they probably did.
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    not into relicing guitars at all. I don't mind if my guitars get dents or scratches, it's scars from being used, so no problems with those. but paying somebody to look bitten is not my cup of tea

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    I'm with ya, bro. To intentionally deface an instrument to get some kind of fake provenance is a concept that is foreign to me. I understand sanding a neck to make it smooth and fast. I understand removing sharp edges on a nut or relieving a bur or other sharp edge.

    I just don't get defacing an instrument to make it Look old. And you hit the reason on the head - where is the authenticity? Where is the true story?

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    To each his own on one hand. On the other hand... Maybe 10 years ago, I went to see a friend's band and the guitarist had this old strat that belonged to his dad and was a well played vintage model from the 60s. We talked about it and had a great conversation, he was all excited to be playing something like that. Now, if I see a band with a guitar like that, I assume it's a relic. No great conversations, no excitement. They've cheapened the naturally made ones by creating artificial reproductions.

    After 6+ years my black Custom 22 has developed a nice played-in patina, and I am enjoying the process of making a relic of the guitar as it gets used. Fingers crossed relic PRSi don't become too common before mine gets there naturally.
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    I think it's fine if is an after-market job, but when I see manufacturers doing it......Lame.

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    I'm generally against it especially with PRS. Having a nice shiny new guitar is kind of the point. I also don't care for the VOS style finishes either. It's not even really relic-Ed just looks unfinished or like someone wiped if down with some steel wool.
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    It's a gimmick to sell guitars. Nothing more. Anyone who would pay for an intentionally worn guitar, well, bless their heart as my Gma puts it. IMHO.

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    FYI found this, not sure if it's ever been posted before, but honestly I could not finish the video...

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    I hate the whole idea of trying to FAKE the look of a guitar that's had years of play.

    I can understand guitar companies making them to a point as there's clearly a market for it, but I don't understand why people would want a new guitar that has deliberately been messed with to make it look old and beat up - and pay a premium for it!
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    Nope. I like aging when we talk just happens.

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    This did not go well last time around...


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    Warning use another oil if you are allergic to peanuts!!!


    Ingredients
    Apple pie:
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
    2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1 box ready-made pie crusts (recommended: Pillsbury)
    Peanut oil, for frying
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    Vanilla ice cream, for topping


    Directions
    To a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, and the apples and saute until they are tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drizzle in the maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Continue cooking for 5 minutes more until the apples are completely softened. Remove them from the pan and allow them to cool while you prepare the dough.
    Roll out both pieces of pie dough onto a floured surface. Cut out 8 (6-inch) circles and lay them out onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. Put a heaping tablespoon of the apple pie filling into the center of each round Fold the circles in half and seal their edges with the tines of a fork.
    In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough peanut oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F.
    Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and reserve.
    Fry the pies, 3 at a time, in the hot peanut oil until they are golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer the finished pies to a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Once they are cool, toss them in the cinnamon sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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    If that's your thing...go for it. Doesn't bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    If that's your thing...go for it. Doesn't bother me.

    Yep...I dig all flavors of pie! Definitely my thing! Glad you are ok with it!
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    Waaaaaaaiiiiiiiittttt for it...
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    not my thing but if you like them go for it--cant see spending premium money for a beat up guitar--I like mine pristine!!!
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    I hate it...





















    Oh, wait... No I don't...


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    The Aztec Gold Strat is exceptional. It's greened in the wear areas...




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    Jamie with the exception of the lester are they all danocasters?

    Badass!!! btw....you all ignored my pie recipe!!!
    Last edited by Dirty Bob; 04-30-2013 at 10:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    btw....you alll ignored my pie recipe!!!
    Don't worry, Dirty-Bob... we'll be needing it soon.
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