#1
Hey UG,
I was thinking about Fender Road Word and reliced guitars in general. Everytime they are mentioned someone says something along the lines of:

"I would rather wear them down myself instead of buying them pre-worn".

That go me thinking. With the sturdy finishes of modern guitar, is it really something that a typical guitarist can do in a manageable time. I once dropped a pair of pliers with the business first right onto my guitar and it barely did anything.

I would guess that 30 years of heavy gigging with the same guitar would turn a guitar into a Fender Road worn guitar naturally. That is a pretty tall order by anyone's standard and most guitarist will be tempted to use more than one guitar in their lifetime.

What do your calculations say and what is your opnion of reliced guitars - discuss!
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#2
Idk, I personally am not into the whole "road-worn" look. I feel like it's kinda dumb (no offence to anyone) to buy a guitar that looks like it's been treated like shit. If it was played by Eric Clapton or someone and they actually did damage to it, I wouldn't care, It was <insert musician's name here>'s guitar.
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#3
My Epi Les Paul has seen some serious action over the past several years and its starting to look pretty worn, I guess the amount of wear on a guitar all comes down to the quality of the finish and how much you abuse it. Personally, I'm pretty neutral about the reliced look. I think it looks appropriate on a Tele, but I think it would look terrible on an Ibanez S series or any other sort of sleek looking instrument.
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My Ibanez S670 has a couple of dings and scratches here and there.
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#5
ya I think they look pretty cool, especially a tele or a vintage sunburt acoustic. Not sure I'd pay for it to get that way though. Maybe if I won the lottery or if the band hits it big, but in that case i'd just buy a genuinely old guitar instead. Although if I was really rich I might get a new Gibson J-200 relic'd just to check out the process and the outcome.
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#7
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the gibson faded series can and will get pretty road worn

my flying V has taken a fair bit of wear in the 3-4 years ive had it, and it hasnt even been gigged a ton

my faded les paul is pretty 'road worn' after just a year of heavy use.

but i don't really like the "abused" look of guitars. even my 38 year old gibson SG is in fairly good condition. it's a bit worn looking and has a few dings but for the most part you can see it's been played and looked after, rather than bashed around and mis-treated. and i intend to keep it that way.
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the gibson faded series can and will get pretty road worn

my flying V has taken a fair bit of wear in the 3-4 years ive had it, and it hasnt even been gigged a ton



Exact same thing here! I dont know what to think about the road worn guitars though. I'd be interested to see what a RR1 looks like worn, but I like mine pristine.
#9
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#10
my squire has seen some abuse. i used to travel around with it in soft shell in the back of a pick up. didn't have a stand for about a year and kept it on my bed. it slipped of alot the only really big marks are two from when i threw it and one from when it fell on some OJ. its still looks fairly decent however. not really a classic relic more just like stupid marks on it. i don't mind reliced guitars but would personally never own one unless it was destroyed by me and my OJ
#11
If your guitar is actually in the style of the old guitars, i.e. it actually has a thin nitro finish, then it can get worn down pretty quickly. Those Gibson Historics and the Fender Closest Classics look new for about a day after they leave the factory and very quickly age. I've seen a few of the Fenders that looked 30+ years old but were actually only two years old.

If you have a modern-style guitar with a poly finish though then that will last a long time. That is why those Fender Road Worns and the LTD worn finishes look so bad. They've sanded them and dinged them in all the right places but you can still tell the finish material is a thick poly finish so it's obvious that damage was inflicted on purpose. They wear them as if they're nitro when they're clearly poly.
#12
I've had my current guitar for two years... It's already "road worn"! If you treat your guitar like the chunk of wood it is, then you will get it pretty worn!
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#13
My Tele's have some natural dings in them - not much. The DIY one more than the Fender, that's probably more to do with the way I finished it. It looks good still. Not sure I'd go and buy a ready-worn guitar, though. Only if it were old and sounded incredible.

I heard/read somewhere that Rory Gallagher's Strat looked so abused because of a fairly rare mix of chemicals occuring naturally in his sweat.
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#14
My tung oil necks have weird spots/sections/stripes from my sweat...
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^ Maybe you have weird sweat too
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#16
Quote by grohl1987

If you have a modern-style guitar with a poly finish though then that will last a long time. That is why those Fender Road Worns and the LTD worn finishes look so bad. They've sanded them and dinged them in all the right places but you can still tell the finish material is a thick poly finish so it's obvious that damage was inflicted on purpose. They wear them as if they're nitro when they're clearly poly.


Hmmm.... nope. That's wrong, had to think about it for a minute but, I'm 99% sure that the Fender Road Worns have a Nitro Finish (well, in the parts that aren't bare wood, anyways). Plus, IRL they look a lot "real-er". Not sure about the LTDs though.

The old Joe Strummer Telecaster (pre-Road Worn series) had a poly finish and that thing looked all sorts of ugly.
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#17
I think preworn guitars are the pure definition of retarded. If I wanted a guitar to be like that I'd either buy a legit vintage guitar (though preferably in good condition instead) or I'd put the wear on it myself. Paying for something that's been deliberately gimped is stupid.
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#18
What the hell is wrong with you guys? Jesus, judging someone for what their gear looks like? That's just silly.

What do I care what someone does to their own guitar?

Edit: it's one thing to say that you don't like the look of reliced guitars. That's fine. But making a personal judgement on someone just because of their choice of instrument? That's ****ing retarded.
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#19
Real "worn" guitars are awesome, cause the build quality was just so much better. I pick up one of these "road worn" Series strats, and they feel like a piece of junk in my hands, bridge is squeeky, all messed up, frets are rough, bridge is rusty, and it's just not the same at all.

I've tried about 3-4 different "Road Worn" series strats, they were all the same.


Wearing a modern guitar is hard, but poly does wear, especially on the neck if you have a poly finish on your neck, that wears in and it actually feels really good. The body however, will not wear for a very long time. Which then it's just a "oh well it still looks good at least."
#20
Don't get me wrong, I don't judge or care if people own them, the idea of manufacturing them that way is what gets me. I guess it makes sense from a business point of view: you make whatever you can sell. The only faux-worn guitar I've thought was remotely interesting were the James Hetfield sig ones based off his worn LP with the Maltese cross on it.

Quote by Chad48309
What the hell is wrong with you guys? Jesus, judging someone for what their gear looks like? That's just silly.

What do I care what someone does to their own guitar?

Edit: it's one thing to say that you don't like the look of reliced guitars. That's fine. But making a personal judgement on someone just because of their choice of instrument? That's ****ing retarded.
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