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How do you relic a Bass Body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RATZAX, Jan 2, 2006.


  1. RATZAX

    RATZAX

    Oct 23, 2002
    Gales Creek,Or
    Ok I have heard all the jokes ---but does anyone have any good tips or experience in relicing a bass body?
     
  2. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    A good heavy gauge chain, a standard screwdriver and steel wool. Have at it.
     
  3. I believe some finishes also tend to relic better. Polyurethane, for example, is generally more durable than nitrocellulose laquer (which was used on older Fender basses).
     
  4. PasdaBeer

    PasdaBeer

    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    1. remove neck
    2. remove electronics
    3.remove hardware
    4.drag body threw gravel pit, kick, hit with a rake, have sex on top of it, spill beer on it, throw it across the room 10-15 times, loan it to your little brother, use it as a coaster for you're double tall Jack and Cokes, leave it outside for a couple weeks in the sun.
    5.re-assemble.

    BAM

    EDIT: all of these, minus beating with the rake happened to my old P bass copy, and it looked great ( i wish i never refinished it : ( )
     
  5. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    I relic'd my first bass dragging it across down my driveway for 30 minutes or so.
     
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Practice on it and gig with it for a number of years. The time you waste "relic-ing" it would be better spent getting better on it.
     
  7. ElBajista

    ElBajista

    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    +1. :scowl:
     
  8. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    the relicing thing. To each his own.

    Best of Luck,
    Wesley R.
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings

    And remember... be clumsy.
     
  10. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    lighter fluid works well too.
     
  11. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    not any how to info from me, but fro a guy that deos some impressive work (if you dig it):
    www.mjtelecaster.com
     
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    My brother has a beautiful Fender CS Relic Nocaster. This guy's work is great, too.

    I love the frequently-played look.
     
  13. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Don't forget when you play it to wear your Abercrombie jeans that come with holes worn through and paint spilled on them for $180.

    I read once that the Romans found it fashionable to dress like poor people, sometime before Rome collapsed.
     
  14. RATZAX

    RATZAX

    Oct 23, 2002
    Gales Creek,Or
    I have given that much consideration but at 54 years old I may not live long enough to acomplish my goal. ;)
     
  15. gyancey

    gyancey

    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Relic is a noun. It also means something cherished from the past. You can beat up your bass, but you can't turn it into a relic.
     
  16. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    How very insightful. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    did you know that they are adding 'google' to the dictionary as a verb? probably not
     
  18. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    +1

    It is annoying how people seem to be verbing every noun these days. ;)
    Sure you can Greg, since the current meaning seems to be "an instrument that looks filthy, worn and damaged, apparently due to years of use, abuse and neglect, but actually due to deceptive, clever attempts to make it look like crap."
     
  19. +1

    Pretty much what i was gonna say
     
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  20. Personally, I'm not crazy about dented and scratched guitars, but I do love an aged finish. I'd assume the best way to go about that is to leave it in the sun for some time. A yellowed white finish and aged maple neck are just nice.