I just don't get "Relics"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by racket, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. racket


    Jul 26, 2005
    Riverside, Ca
    FMIC Employee
    Ah this ought to piss a few people off...:hyper::bawl::bassist::D so heres where I'm coming from. I've been playing since the mid 80's... not that long. When I started playing us new guys got up and play'd what we knew on our new guitars and bass's, and watched all the old guys ripping it up on their lived in looking instruments. Back then if a guy got up on stage with a road worn guitar or bass you knew, you were probably going to hear some great playing. As a new player, you'd go talk to them on the break and they'd tell you things like "try to get your own thing going, your own sound". You ask them about their gear and they'd tell you, they'd been playing the same "box" for years but if they could they'd get one of the new, shiny, guitars or bass's cause they sound good and chicks dig nice looking guitars. Now a days it seems like all the real deal players want nice, new shiny guitars and bass's and the wanna-be's show up with "relic'd" guitars. I don't git it.
  2. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Actually, it usually does **** more than a few people off... and usually ends in a locked thread.

    I wonder if this one will turn into a seven-page slugfest like many of the previous incarnations of this exact same thread have (this question must get asked almost every week).
  3. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    I'm in! I don't 'get' them either, but have seen so many lately that they no longer piss me off. Played a couple Road Worns at a local GC and was minorly impressed. Too bad about the price. Also, Fender really should vary the wear on these things. Kind of silly that they are all identical.
  4. I think various looks and feels go in and out of popularity over the years. A Relic is just a look and feel. Some people like it and others don't. I don't know why some get so worked up over it.

    I happen to think they can look good. The jury is still out on whether relicing is good value for the money...
  5. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    I know this guitarist...he asked me to unsolder the pickup covers off his humbuckers so he could soak them in piss to "age" them..I told him that he'd have to get someone else to resolder them back together. I mean you pay for a nitrocellulose finish because it takes man hours to do it right, then it get's sanded or rubbed off in certain places and you have to pay more ???!!! (here's where I'm scratching my head)
  6. Wait... what!?

    Wouldn't coffee work just as well?
  7. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Meh, its just another type of finish, get over it.

  8. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars

  9. blockinlay


    Feb 21, 2009
    Phila Pa
    Which one are you?
    Seriously, nobody gives a hoot what you play until you're famous, and then most could care less then too.
    Reliced instruments are just a marketing strategy, and it must be working. If it's not your thang, wonder why like most everyone else and move on.
    Personally, I wouldn't pay extra for one, but I wouldn't pass on a deal for one either, depending on what it was and if I liked it.
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I think the OP has made an interesting discovery, of historical significance. It did kinda go like that. And that's kinda how it is now. What, with all the shiny new vs beat up then, juxtaposed with the all beat-up vs shiny new now, and which group of goobers were playing one vs. the other. Yeah, it all makes sense.
  11. Happynoj


    Dec 5, 2006
    I like turtles.
  12. Great Thread!! :rollno:
  13. Woodwolf


    Aug 18, 2008
    Relic's are supposed to be reproduction instruments that were played so frequently the finish and even some wood was worn away, and like the Energizer rabbit...keep on ticking while maintaining value via the Tone and Playability, that's the mystery and why "getting it" is difficult as they don't necessarily possess these high user orientated qualities. Some do...most don't. It would seem to me that this point is missed by Fender, or they only care about targeting the Look or attracting those who think the Look is the point. The Relic series has sort of a misrepresented soul, and the price point is Paranormal.
  14. I don't get it either, but to each his (or her) own.
  15. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    Yes your right it's just another finish good or bad..I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I apologize if that is your bass...but it looks like somebody used a putty knife when doing the finish..I don't even want to tell you what the color reminds me of. :meh: (Why did they cut off part of the frets at the end?)
  16. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass, the final frontier... Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I'm confused. Half of the TBer's is looking for relic'd instruments, the other half is posting threads on the Repair forum asking "how to remove superficial scratches from clearcoat?".

  18. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    I don't know...when he said piss I knew it was a job for someone else. As for the relic question, just send me an alder P or J bass, maple neck and fretboard, with a nitro finish, in as pristine condition you can ship it. I'll do the relicin' or closet whatever by years of my playing with it.
  19. The only time I could see owning a relic is a Stevie Ray fan wanting their own "lenny" or something like that. If I want an old beat up guitar/bass, I'll buy an old beat up one. A new bass should look new. But then again, everyone has their own taste so if you want to buy an instrument that looks old, good for you.
  20. fake relic'ing are like fake boobs - I just dont get it. you are what you are, cant change that by faking it! And I REALLY don't get paying twice as much (in some cases, and some even more) for it - that really baffles the mind.
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