Has any one reliced a bass ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mixnulty, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Mixnulty


    Jan 15, 2013
    I was wondering if people have ever relic'ed a bass at home or dinged one up on purpose. I know this isn't for every one but it would be fun to see pictures none the less.:D
  2. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I've seen some threads around on the subject. I've never done it on purpose, but it seems to be getting done on my Jaguar regardless.
  3. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Always groove.... Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I did one. It got a pretty big ding at the repair shop when they were routing for the battery box. So, it took it as an opportunity to beat it up a little more.
  4. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yeah I was stringing up my old Squier on the back patio on a hot day. I left it laying over a chair for a second to run inside the next thing you know...Crash.
    She skidded across the cement and reliced the bottom edges of the body real nice like :smug:
  5. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I relic'd my 69 jazz bass. I started in 1976 when I bought it, and I'm still working on it. Mostly wearing down the finish, a few paint chips here and there, and some sweet corrosion on the metal parts. The bridge cover is new, but that is the only new part.

  6. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    My first bass is all screwd up. Anyway, I HATE reliced basses, I die everytime inside when I see one u_u

    I do kind of dig the ESP ones though, but they'd be much better unreliced
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Such a big topic with so little insight available. Send me PM.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I think it would be fun to do. I love a relic'd bass. I know the Fender Road Worns all look the same but still like to look at them!
    I am curious if anyone has any stories....

  9. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    Bought a hardshell case off of Craigslist, and the kid I bought it from said I could have the bass that was inside the case for an extra $10 sight unseen. Figured how bad could it be for $10?!? Turns out it was a pretty beat up Mexi Fender Jazz. I had wanted to make my own fretless, so I took this opportunity to make it happen on the fast track.

    Pulled the frets, filled them. Stained the new fretless neck. Poly over top. Then wet sanded all the poly until I was down to the bare blue paint. Agave blue I believe?

    Then went a little further in some spots and came out pretty nice! Still need to work on the nut, as the action is still pretty high for a fretless. But for $10, and about $20 in supplies, and a month of my spare time, I have a decent fretless to tinker around on.

    Not too shabby! ImageUploadedByTalkBass1359093176.112226.
  10. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    I keep on relic'ing my Cirrus... one tiny scratch at a time.
  11. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    Bump to see the relics!
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    This one here got genuine wear and tear ... The front was clean but the back got some wear.


    This bass here is one of my SG Frankenstein parts basses. I got the body from ebay. It was really pretty and had a nice gloss finish, but also a few deep scratches. So I thought a mild relic job was in order.



  13. fuzzychaos


    Mar 17, 2008
    Here we go again with a bunch of "I relic'd mine over the blah, blah, blah years that I have had it..." and "I hate relic's, why would anyone do this on purpose..."

    I don't feel the need to go to threads on say, green basses, and say how much I hate them or "my sweat from the last blah, blah, blah years turned my bass green..."

    To the OP, yes people do, some more successfully than others. I personally like a good relic on a Jazz or Precision especially.
  14. I did it once....about 10 years ago to my Mexican Fender P-Bass....I regretted it almost immediately. Funny thing is I put it on ebay and it sold for about what I paid for it ($300).
  15. bassmanbiff


    Apr 3, 2008
    No, no one has ever "relic'd" a bass intentionally.
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I have never done it and don't plan to.

    (My basses never had "lice" so I could I "relice" them)
  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I'm sort of relicing my 60th Ann P.

    What I mean is that while I'm not being aggressive with it like sanding or dipping metal parts in acid or whatever, I'm doing other things to speed the aging process along.

    Like for instance, leaving it on a stand where it'll get sunlight while not playing it (which isn't that often, really), or "accidentally" leaving it in the cold garage overnight and bringing it inside to the warm in the morning. A few finish checks happened from this, but they wiped right off with light finger pressure (seriously, I've got video).

    The body gets dinged up because its never in the case, and is yellowing slightly from its tanning sessions. So I'm relicing it, since its all wear and tear that happened without leaving the house, but it's happening naturally as well, just faster and more controlled.
  18. Lorbass


    Oct 16, 2011
    Cologne, Germany
    I did this last year:

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  19. Mixnulty


    Jan 15, 2013
    That looks sweet! ^^
  20. kevmc28


    Feb 28, 2008
    Somerset, NJ, USA
    I'm embarrassed for anyone I see playing an artificially relicked instrument.