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Fender Custom Shop - Fake Relic??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BigDrew, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. BigDrew


    Jun 1, 2016
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's used. That must be damage accumulated after it was bought.
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  3. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If it's actually a relic job, it's a terrible one. This will bring out the usual cast of whiners.
  4. BigDrew


    Jun 1, 2016
    I know that it is used, but those look like intentional marks on the front. Just curious if anyone knows if this was actually done by Fender.
    sgtpepper and pacojas like this.
  5. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    I don't believe that it left Fender CS like this.
    Probably scars after the purchase, as @Gorn said.
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  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't know what their intentions are and I don't understand the rest of your question.
  7. BigDrew


    Jun 1, 2016
    Ha! Yes, I guess that is the case! Very astute reasoning!
  8. "Intentional marks", isn't that the very definition of a "relic job"?
    javi_bassist, esa372, FenderB and 3 others like this.
  9. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Looks like somebody went after it with a butter knife.
  10. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Looks like a two year old hacked at it with a Screwdriver
  11. BigDrew


    Jun 1, 2016
    Ha! Yup. I guess value depends on who/how the marks were made. Wow, this has really become a deep thread.
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  12. Ask for a serial #, and contact Fender CS. they should be able to verify this question very fast...
  13. Really? I'm usually pretty good at wry humor, so please tell me yoos guys are joking? Otherwise, you've uncovered a sinister attempt at "relic fraud"!

    The "fraudsters" seem to have gone to great lengths to pull off their scam....


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  14. Just a wild guess, but I suspect the seller is going to answer that question with the same serial # he's showing in the listing. The one on the bass itself, the same one that's on the matching COA?
    Bodeanly, JACink and basscapes like this.
  15. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Orange Park, Florida
    I've seen some really bad relic jobs come out of the CS. This looks like one of them.
  16. Right? This one was built in 2002 according to the COA. Wasn't 2002 right around the time when Relic Mania was hitting stride? If so, I can picture Fender's CS cranking out relic jobs at breakneck pace to cash in on the fad. "Authentic, auschmentic....get 'em out there now!" lol
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  17. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Doesn’t look natural! It’s has a tooled look! Looks as if someone took a flat blade screwdriver and went to town on it. Just the forensic scientist coming out here!!
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  18. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Banned SUSPENDED

    Jun 2, 2018
    it looks really cool :)
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  19. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    I've never seen a factory Fender relic job look like that.
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  20. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    No, it's not. A relic job is when a bass is artificially aged to mimic REAL WEAR. Taking a belt grinder to an instrument, or randomly jabbing it with a screw driver is NOT a relic job.
    whero, MDBass, gepettus and 2 others like this.

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