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Highway 1 Strat
50th Aniv
SRV Style

Black Strat Johnny Greenwood Tele

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Frequently Asked Questions about relic work

Here is a Poly Korean Telecaster that many shops said was impossible.
WE CAN RELIC A POLY FINISH ON A GUITAR. IF ANYONE SAYS THEY CAN'T, BEWARE!
I KNOW FENDER PAINT AS WELL AS ANYONE, I'VE WRITTEN MANY ARTICLES ABOUT IT, INCLUDING A RESPECTED ARTICLE.
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All 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 temperatures..

In plain 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.

Fender 50's Relic NeckKnowing 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

Photo ideas are shared between us, then before we begin, you’re given a 360 digital image of how your instrument will look when completed.

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.

The Process
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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