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How come relic jobs never include....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by iamthebassman, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    ...a cigarette burn on the headstock? They were pretty much standard on any used bass back in the day.
    Maybe they do, I've just never seen a reliced bass with a cigarette burn.
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I've seen it done. I'm sure someone will pop up with a photo here soon.
  3. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    A lot of the Road Worn series from Fender has the burn on the head stock, right behind the nut.
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are.

    Feb 11, 2008
    So. Cal.
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  6. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    Seems like a pretty easy thing to DIY.
  7. Yeah,
    Quite easy to DIY if one wants it,
    and a nice excuse for a ciggy...(for all the "special occasion only" smokers out there)

    I have no clue to the reasons some reliced models do not have a burn, maybe they expect the player to do the honours
  8. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    Mine never have a burn. I smoke 'till it's gone and wouldn't waste it burning away out there on the headstock.

    If you can't play with smoke in your eyes, maybe you ought to quit! :spit:
  9. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum) Supporting Member

    Yeah, I had forgotten about that but I used to stick my lit butts under the string above the nut. You get a great burn with a Lucky Strike.
  10. The MIM Fender Precision road worns do in fact include cigarette burns, as shown on the attached photo.

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  11. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Hmmm... that looks pretty crap, more like the bass was picked up by someone with a really hot thumb than a cigarrette burn.
  12. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    To get the period-correct nicotine content in the burn, one would need to find an unsmoked pack of Pall Malls from 1962.

    A five-string relic is just wrong.
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    lol nice
  14. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    The relic jobs I see pics of aren't that good. I know a guy with a '75 Jazz that has been played since '75. There is wear from arm contact (through paint down to where it's white,) normal dings, some rust on the bridge, and divots in the neck from his thumb. It doesn't look like he dropped it off a skyscraper and drug it behind his pickup.

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