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What percentage of TB loves / hates relic finishes??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md

    It seems like it's roughly a 50/50 split on relic finishes, so let's see what the actual number is. Let's not turn this into yet another debate on relic finishes, just make your choice and thank you for your participation. Whether you love or hate them, it all comes down to whether you would buy one or not. There are no issues with the instrument, you love how it plays, but it is relic'ed. You have the money. Would you buy it?
    ReasonablyHappy and Rumbledore like this.
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Rumbledore likes this.
  3. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    I had a comment, but since it says “no comments” I will obey and omit mine.

    But now, after this clarification, I think it can be caregorized as a comment, going against the wishes of the thread’s owner.

    I fell again into an unescapable loop again...
  4. maxresdefault.
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I hate to be "that guy" so early on....

    But I have no emotion about it either way. If it plays and sounds great, relic or no, doesn't matter.
    Grumry, MarkJC8, mikecd1 and 31 others like this.
  6. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Good idea for a thread since the last one, about two days ago, went so well. :thumbsup:

    No matter how you slice it, dice it, dress it up, request no comments, there is a certain element on TB that cannot help themselves, regardless of the rules. Good luck.
    JIO, Marihino, dragon2knight and 15 others like this.
  7. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    I voted yes, if the price is right. Otherwise I would change my vote to no.
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    if you play long enough to relic your own instruments, naturally, over time = it's not 50/50.
    Wisebass, spaz21387 and Jim C like this.
  9. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Banned SUSPENDED

    Jun 2, 2018
    when was it changed to “Vote Bass”?! i wanna talk!

    voted: No
    Wisebass, Omega Monkey and +6dB Dan like this.
  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Yes, yes, we know. And then the basses should be buried with you so that nobody gets the natural relic without earning it.
  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    ha! meaning? thanks.
  12. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    There's "good" relic jobs and "bad" relic jobs.
    robmclucky, ICM, Omega Monkey and 7 others like this.
  13. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If you understood finishes (poly vs. nitro), you would understand how ridiculous this statement is. With the new poly finishes, you could play your bass for 50 years and it wouldn't wear through even the first layer. I have an early 90's strat that looks brand new. It's unlikely that it will wear significantly in my life time.
  14. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    There is a real misunderstanding about what a relic job actually is. A good relic job mimics actual wear and tear on a bass. You look at someone like Ben Lindsey's relics and you cannot tell them from the real thing. You look at the Fender Brad Paisley telecaster and it looks brand new except for one spot where they sanded the finish to the wood. That is NOT a relic job.
  15. Signalsdrone


    Feb 6, 2017
    SW Ontario
    Relic finishes are the same to me as buying new jeans with holes in them. Why?
    Eric66, Cheez, Omega Monkey and 11 others like this.
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I find relicking just a bit sad and voted 'No'.
    928cat, dannydabiker, Eric66 and 4 others like this.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    ventilation ?
  18. Signalsdrone


    Feb 6, 2017
    SW Ontario
    Buy shorts!
  19. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    And who's made the most comments so far? ;)
  20. Bottom 4

    Bottom 4 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    New Jersey
    Yeah I know no comments. No one said anything about pics... I break the rules anyway. After all it’s only rock n roll...

    I voted yes because I own one, and have to say I never thought I would.

    I purchased a Fender CS closet classic ‘62 P bass from a well know highly regarded shop. The pics on-line did not show any relicing but when it arrived it had finish checking which was a total turn off for me. I played it for a bit, loved the feel, balance and the tone was to die for. I put it back in the case, called the shop and returned the bass. For the next 3 days I thought of nothing but how that bass played and sounded. I called the shop back and had them return it to me. Therefore the YES vote. Today I look past the relicing and await my own first chip in the finish...
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2018

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