Fender Custom Fret Relic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PBassin, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. PBassin

    PBassin Bass Initiate

    Jan 13, 2016
    First and foremost, I love Fender Custom Shop instruments. I've owned a number of 'em in the past and currently own one.

    Initially I didn't have much of a problem with the relic finishes on some of their instruments (although now it seems to be extremely difficult to find anything without it), but one thing strikes me as weird: the specific frets with relic wear. It seems to be on frets that don't typically get a lot of play, and of course, to wear the fingerboard those frets would need frequent play.

    Does anyone have any logical reasoning as to why these particular frets are chosen for the relic finish, or is it really just not-so-good placement?
  2. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    Your observations are accuraate and astute. The reason it looks fake is because it is fake.

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