Hey need advise on my first relic job. I've built guitars before but never reliced, so I need tips and what not. I want to relic an old Epi PR acoustic to practice before I do my Takamine. Heres some pictures of how I want it to look.

I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure gaping holes and gashes in the soundboard dont sound good.
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I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure gaping holes and gashes in the soundboard dont sound good.


Relicing an electric is one thing because all you're removing is a small amount of body mass and, most of the time, it won't sound any different. But with an acoustic, you can bet that there's gonna be a difference in the sound. My suggestion: don't do it. If you treat your guitar bad enough, over time it will develop big holes in it, but I would advice against that too.
doing those holes isn't good. my acoustic had a little crack by that area (around 1/4 of that hole in the picture), and i didn't care. after having it repaired, i felt instantly beter. it had more volume, more bass and more clarity. dont do the hole.

whose guitar is that?
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plus doing that hole makes it look over-relicd.

and makes it look fake.
i remember seeing that guy play one time, and i immediately thought, wow what a bad relic job.
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whose guitar is that?

Glen Hansard's. It's actually real. It was the first guitar he got as a kid, and he dropped out of school at the age of 13 to go busking around Dublin for several years. That's actual wear (and damage).

Ah, the miracle of Google.

Also, alternate hole placement in the soundboard is an interesting concept, but should only be attempted by an expert, since the slightest miscalculation can ruin the guitar.

You can refinish the guitar, but I wouldn't recommend it, unless your guitar is caked in cheap black finish (which kills tone; I've refinished two guitars because of this).
Sincerely, Chad.
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