#1
I have a sunburst strat and i want to relic it a little bit. On john frusciante's 62 sunburst strat the wood is showing from constant pick scratching. To emulate that on my guitar, my first thought would be to sand it but it would come out looking to smoothe. Sanding it would look good for where the arm wears throught the paint but i almost think it looks chipped. Here is a picture so you see what i mean. its number 1 that i want.

#2
Get a really coarse grained sand paper, and maybe a dremel with an steel wool attachment.. you could imitate it, though it would take some work.
#3
Wouldn't you have to put some sort of coat over it after you expose the wood?
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#4
Wait 47 years...

In all seriousness, sand paper might work, but I don't know much about Relicing, ask GB&C
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I'd let it age naturally. Just play a lot.

That would work if they still finished all Strats with nitrocellulose, but they don't, and poly finishes are almost bulletproof.
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#8
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That would work if they still finished all Strats with nitrocellulose, but they don't, and poly finishes are almost bulletproof.


Sand the outer polyurethane finish off then go to town?
#9
I guess if you wanna go through about 1/4 of an inch of paint
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#10
Anyone else find it odd that Frusciante's strat has wear above the pickgaurd. Maybe its just me, but i never strum that far out to the body of the guitar were the wears occuring.
#11
I'm sure its from some odd damage. he's stated in a bunch of interviews that he's hard on his instruments.
#12
I was thinking the same thing StratPlayer haha.

If I had a camera I would show you a picture of a giant Metallica ninja star I made with a coping saw a few years back. I wanted to paint it black with a silver edge and I was running out of time so I threw black paint all over it and left. 3 days later it was still tacky to the touch and decided to take a Orbital Sander to remove the paint. After a little bit I just happened to notice it gave it a "relic'd" look with random patches of paint "worn off". Looks a lot like what you're wanting to do
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#13
Quote by StratPlayer15
Anyone else find it odd that Frusciante's strat has wear above the pickgaurd. Maybe its just me, but i never strum that far out to the body of the guitar were the wears occuring.

When I look at my white Strat's body in the right light, I can see some gnarly pick scratches on the body for aggressive picking. I guess it just depends on how wide your strumming hand goes.
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#14
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When I look at my white Strat's body in the right light, I can see some gnarly pick scratches on the body for aggressive picking. I guess it just depends on how wide your strumming hand goes.


Your probably right.
I try to keep my strumming off the body, and on the strings

Number 4, looks like he accidently missed the input jack and hit the body w/ a cable if you ask me.
#15
You could always get a Roadworn Series Strat and go from there, comes with a nice base for making a Frusciante replica, and a nitro finish as well.
#16
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Wait 47 years...

In all seriousness, sand paper might work, but I don't know much about Relicing, ask GB&C



i want to relic my MIM strat. Im buying a 62 reissue this month and im going to let that age naturally. BUt for this strat, id really like to find a way to get those pick scratches in.
#18
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I'd just buy a metal pick and go nuts on it.

this. i had a brass pick for a while and it scratched the **** out of many of my guitars.
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this. i had a brass pick for a while and it scratched the **** out of many of my guitars.


But don't those brass picks just make the most damn sexy tones, ever?
#20
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But don't those brass picks just make the most damn sexy tones, ever?

well it was a thumbpick.. which i tried to wrap around my thumb as normal but hold like a regular pick.. eventually i got fed up and just went back to regular picks. i wish i could find a brass one again though, even though they do get sharp after a while. If i could find a thick rounded edged brass pick i'd definitely use it instead of my stubbies though
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well it was a thumbpick.. which i tried to wrap around my thumb as normal but hold like a regular pick.. eventually i got fed up and just went back to regular picks. i wish i could find a brass one again though, even though they do get sharp after a while. If i could find a thick rounded edged brass pick i'd definitely use it instead of my stubbies though


Oh. I like the metal picks though. give the tone a sharp edge.
#23
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You could always get a Roadworn Series Strat and go from there, comes with a nice base for making a Frusciante replica, and a nitro finish as well.



Those Roadworn guitars are so overpriced. They're MIM Strats with a V-shaped neck and cost almost a grand.
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#24
what type of strat do you have?

if it is a cheaper strat, make sure that it is a real sunburst and not a painted on sunburst like on some guitars, because a friend was taking his paint off a cheap strat copy and the sunburst was just paint...it was like a plywoodish under it
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#25
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Those Roadworn guitars are so overpriced. They're MIM Strats with a V-shaped neck and cost almost a grand.

They were just on sale for $600.
#26
^Still a little much I believe, standard harware and pickups on a standard body and finish. Only thing that makes it different from a MIM Standard is the worn finish and V-neck.

Oh, and i disagree about the sanding comment from earlier. Here's the star I did using 220-grit paper on an Orbital Sander. All the cuts are clean and straight, I promise! The camera was junk and just so happened to work with me this time haha.

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#27
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I'd just buy a metal pick and go nuts on it.

this

get a metal pick and rape the guitar with some aggressive riffing.
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this

get a metal pick and rape the guitar with some aggressive riffing.



yea i think ill do that. just a couple questions tho.

1) If you look at the picture, its almost looks like the wood is scratched horizontally against the way it would look with a pic. If i scratch it with a pick will it just be vertical scratches or will the wood spread out sideways like john's?

2) is there anything else metal i could instead of a pick, like a coin or somthing?

thank you!
#29
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^Still a little much I believe, standard harware and pickups on a standard body and finish. Only thing that makes it different from a MIM Standard is the worn finish and V-neck.

Tex-mex pups, nitro finish, 7.25" radius, 3-saddle bridge on the tele, probably more. Apparently they don't get played between the ninth and twelfth freth, who knew? (must not be designed after one of clapton's)
#30
^Ah, I stand corrected then
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#31
Quote by StratPlayer15
Anyone else find it odd that Frusciante's strat has wear above the pickgaurd. Maybe its just me, but i never strum that far out to the body of the guitar were the wears occuring.


Yeah, and it's clearly not from strumming heavily, why would the scrapes in area 1 be going the opposite way in which he strums? It's clearly done purposely - and you wouldn't get that from one knock.
#32
...Steel pick? I have one, it scratces up the guitar if you use it enough. thats all I got. I ussually try to preserve my guitars finish, but, you know..

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#33
Quote by StratPlayer15
Your probably right.
I try to keep my strumming off the body, and on the strings

Number 4, looks like he accidently missed the input jack and hit the body w/ a cable if you ask me.

The funny thing is you'll never realize just how far your hand goes when you strum. Like on my acoustic, there are marks going all the way to the end of the lower bout

It really does happen naturally though. If you look at enough old guitars (especially Strats with the way the body is flat) that were gigged with for an extended period of time, you'll see that most have the finish worn down pretty badly in that spot.
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