#1
What is a Relic Stratocaster? A friend is selling his for $400 with Grovers, Mighty Mite neck, Seymoure duncan pups, and 1 GFS vintage pup.

Is a Fender Relic strat a real Fender guitar? and would this be a good buy in copmarison to a mexican strat retailing at $500?



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Does it say Fender on the headstock. If so, it sounds like a good buy!
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Quote by beckyjc
Its probably just an MIM hes hand reliced himself



This kinda thing..

That was pro-reliced, though. There is a massive difference between amateur relic work and pro relic work. The amateur rarely knows precisely which spots deserve which amount of wear and what aging process to use for different areas of the guitar.

You might want to look over this guitar before you buy it.
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Relic just means that it has been beat up. This can either be in factory or natural aging. If it's a Fender relic, it is made by fender in the USA, is finished in nitro and wayyy nicer than any mexican strat. The fact that it has a mighty mite neck, grovers, and aftermarket pickups means that it is not a Fender relic and is just a partsocaster that someone put together. That doesn't mean it isn't a nice guitar though! Play it! See how you like it! It's a better value than a mexican strat if you like it better than a mexican strat.
edit: decal on the headstock means nothing. you said it has a mighty mite neck, which means that the person put on the decal themself.
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Quote by beckyjc
Its probably just an MIM hes hand reliced himself



This kinda thing..


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Quote by RHCPfan01
Relic just means that it has been beat up. This can either be in factory or natural aging. If it's a Fender relic, it is made by fender in the USA, is finished in nitro and wayyy nicer than any mexican strat. The fact that it has a mighty mite neck, grovers, and aftermarket pickups means that it is not a Fender relic and is just a partsocaster that someone put together. That doesn't mean it isn't a nice guitar though! Play it! See how you like it! It's a better value than a mexican strat if you like it better than a mexican strat.
edit: decal on the headstock means nothing. you said it has a mighty mite neck, which means that the person put on the decal themself.

Note: a relic is artificially aged. A naturally aged guitar would obviously be vintage.
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So, in turn to "relic" something means to make it look "older?" This is his picture and he has done some of his own "relic" work on it. Looks kinda blunt for my tastes but the hardware and tuners are excellent.

EDIT: this guy used sandpaper to make it look older.
His quote:
"It has some new parts. Made to look like its been played hard for 30 years."

what do u think?
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#12
Quote by Chad48309
Note: a relic is artificially aged. A naturally aged guitar would obviously be vintage.

no, that is simply not true. the technical definition for vintage is 25 years or older, though it is now considered to be just something built in the golden age period of a company (pre cbs for fender, pre norlin for gibson). A relic'ed guitar can be naturally aged or artifically aged. Play a guitar hard enough for 5 or 6 years and it can look like a relic. That certainly doesn't make it vintage.
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So, in turn to "relic" something means to make it look "older?" This is his picture and he has done some of his own "relic" work on it. Looks kinda blunt for my tastes but the hardware and tuners are excellent.

EDIT: this guy used sandpaper to make it look older.
His quote:
"It has some new parts. Made to look like its been played hard for 30 years."

what do u think?


No serial number so I doubt its a MIA or even a MIM. Funny looking logo .. Then again if it plays and sounds good I'd prolly buy it.
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#14
hmm thanks for the advice. Ill think about. the additional parts are awesome and probobaly plays excellent but its not a real fender and that somewhawt degrades it since i've always wanted a real strat. :P
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no, that is simply not true. the technical definition for vintage is 25 years or older, though it is now considered to be just something built in the golden age period of a company (pre cbs for fender, pre norlin for gibson). A relic'ed guitar can be naturally aged or artifically aged. Play a guitar hard enough for 5 or 6 years and it can look like a relic. That certainly doesn't make it vintage.

Then, at the very least, it's used. It's still not a relic unless it is artificially aged, in my opinion.

Really, there's no Webster's definition on the subject. It's all shop-talk.

Thanks for the input, though.
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So, in turn to "relic" something means to make it look "older?" This is his picture and he has done some of his own "relic" work on it. Looks kinda blunt for my tastes but the hardware and tuners are excellent.

EDIT: this guy used sandpaper to make it look older.
His quote:
"It has some new parts. Made to look like its been played hard for 30 years."

what do u think?


That's not a Fender. Fender never made a guitar with that decal-headstock combination.
#17
Quote by mr_hankey
That's not a Fender. Fender never made a guitar with that decal-headstock combination.

We've already established that.
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no, that is simply not true. the technical definition for vintage is 25 years or older, though it is now considered to be just something built in the golden age period of a company (pre cbs for fender, pre norlin for gibson). A relic'ed guitar can be naturally aged or artifically aged. Play a guitar hard enough for 5 or 6 years and it can look like a relic. That certainly doesn't make it vintage.


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We've already established that.


Have we now?

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No serial number so I doubt its a MIA or even a MIM. Funny looking logo .. Then again if it plays and sounds good I'd prolly buy it.


That was the only post on the subject.
#20
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Have we now?


That was the only post on the subject.

I said that it wasn't a Fender, because the thread starter said that without realizing it. A might mite neck is clearly not a Fender neck because it is made by mighty mite. They only part that might be Fender is the body, and that is entirely unknown.
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#21
Quote by RHCPfan01
I said that it wasn't a Fender, because the thread starter said that without realizing it. A might mite neck is clearly not a Fender neck because it is made by mighty mite. They only part that might be Fender is the body, and that is entirely unknown.


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