Here is a Poly Korean Telecaster that many shops said was
CAN RELIC A POLY FINISH ON A GUITAR. IF ANYONE SAYS THEY
I KNOW FENDER PAINT AS WELL AS ANYONE, I'VE WRITTEN MANY
ARTICLES ABOUT IT, INCLUDING A
USED FOR REFERENCE BY MANY PUBLICATIONS
finishes are different, all metals are different. The same
applies with electronics. Antiquing an instrument requires
the knowledge of period specific building techniques and
environmental effects such as humidity and smoke, and
talk, Fifty years ago they used crappy paint, and old
machines to make guitars. They got older looking by the acid
and grime on people hands and the typical way the
instruments were handled and the way they stay in cases.
all that, Les Paul's typically wear a certain way, as do
Strats, and Acoustics. A true collector would spot wear
spots in odd places, and detect a relic instantly
You can't just
make a guitar look old by tossing it down the stairs!
I'm sure not going to tell anyone how I do it. It's a lot
more than just rubbing some steel wool on an instrument.
I've studied the chemical and natural processes that happens
to metal, wood, and paint over a period of years, and the
environments that these instruments existed in.
When you send us your guitar, we photograph it, then create
a digital photo rendering of how we will attempt to relic
your guitar. We go thorough revisions, till you are happy
with what you can expect from us. Then we sign an agreement,
and start work on your guitar.
Here is a example of a mockup that we did recently, before
we started working on a guitar for a client. In this case,
he had sent us a guitar that was previously reliced by an
amateur, and we showed how we would repair the damage
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