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Show me your relic'd Jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rip Topaz, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Yeah, yeah. I know this is opening a can of worms, but this isn't about whether or not you like relic finishes. I don't care if you approve.

    I'm planning on relicing one of my basses, an SX jazz clone. I know, it's poly and won't relic like nitro. Again, don't care. That's my problem to deal with. I'm not looking for "drag it behind your car" or "play it for 20 years".

    I just want pix, and maybe a description of how you accomplished the look. No opinions, just pix and descriptions.

    Lets see some pix of jazz-style basses with either real or fake wear. I'd like to see a collection of different basses so I can compare the wear, and maybe end up with a relic that doesn't look as fake as if I just have at it.

    No opinions, please. There's a million other threads here that tell me you don't approve, or whatever.

    Let's see em!
  2. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    OK, I'll play:


    85 MIJ Squier, poly finish, straight-up real player wear.

  3. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Nice! That's what I'm talking about. Keep em coming!!
  4. Not a Jazz, but the wear is 100% genuine from three years of hard gigging:



  5. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    the scratches above the pickguard look odd, are they from a watch strap?
  6. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    ^^^^ Curious about the first picture and the marks on the lower side. Are you a pick player?
  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
  8. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Blue Jays! Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona



  9. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Awww yeah! Awesome.
  10. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Not quite a jazz bass, but sorta. My 87 Carvin LB90
  11. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    in on the river with a queen flush.... ooops i mean here is my time machine 64 relic cs jazz on the left in burst. been gigged about fiddy times in the last year and a half.

    Attached Files:

  12. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    97' Lakland 55-94. 17 years worth of gigs!
  13. '87 AVRI 62 Jazz:




    '91 Custom Shop Jazz:





  14. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    No, 1997 can't be 17 years ago. :bawl:
  15. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    That '87 AVRI 62 Jazz is the hotness...

  16. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    This reminds me of an early '60's P bass I saw at a guitar show - I kick myself for not taking a pic of it. The buckle-rash was the most extreme I've ever seen! A huge area of wood (imagine the radius of this wear tripled!) was raggedly ground down - it was real and it's age-stained patina confirmed that. (you could practically use it for a soup-bowl!) I can only imagine a massive western buckle interfacing w/that P for many, many raucous roadhouse gigs.
  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Ok, so I started this thread to see some relics so I could imitate the natural wear without doing something that was obviously fake.

    Who knew? There's some GREAT looking basses. Thanks everyone so far, lets keep it going.

    Since we've already branched out to basses other than jazzes, all basses are fair game! Lets see the wear!!
  18. Good, 'cause my other Fender was feeling left out!

    '07 Custom Shop '59 Precision:




  19. Hi,

    This one is a John Cruz masterbuilt heavy relic'd 1966 Jazz. I play bass and I collect art. This is art to me. You don't have to agree.

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