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lefthandman9876
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#1
lets just say i wanted to relic a tele (not my usa one :P)

if i stripped the paint off then repainted it (white) what could i do to allow it to naturally relic very quickly so it looked like





or jeff becks esquire

im thinking maybe just paint i thinly and not varnish it or protect it, then just play the **** out of it untill it looks like that

maybe sand it down slightly , or spill coffee on it to stain it?

help
Last edited by lefthandman9876 at Jun 26, 2008,
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#4
Leave your guitar in a ditch in the rain overnight.

It happened to Rory Gallagher.
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I remember watching a How it's made show or something and they went to the fender guitar factory, and to make the guitars look worn they lightly hit them with these small pointed balls on chains to put dents and cuts in the paint.
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It is misleading because the title uses no grammar or punctuation, therefore one can read it as signifying a a "how to" rather than a "how do I?"

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sorry im dyspraxic, i r no grammer gud i shall change it

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small pointed balls on chains


unfortunatly i dont have access to instruments of torture :P
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#9
Quote by lefthandman9876
hmm intruiging...

just the body, i dont want to trash my axe


Clearly you do want to trash your axe if that's what you want it to look like
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#11
well you can paint it lightly, put a very light coat of clear (or nitro if you can get it) when it dries sand it like you normally would, then spend a little more time on the sections that will wear naturally. Then buff it with steel wool whenever you're sitting around bored for a few days, the finish will be very thin and will wear naturally as you play it That way you dont feel like you cheated. Also, wear studded belts or a belt with a big buckle. And randomly throw things at it when you're bored (keys, pencils, cinderblocks...the usual)
lefthandman9876
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#12
cool awsome advice dude

yea ive been told also to use steel wool to wear the paint off and finer wool to buff it all out so it looks natural

and yea il "drop" it and "bump" it around alot maybe it could have some accidents with some stairs :P

im also really inquisitive about the rory gallagher idea haha

maybe it would sure discolour it loads

haha

cheers everyone

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#14
An accident with stairs is just going to break it.

Why not some uneven sandblasting after light paint and clear coat?
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#16
Quote by lefthandman9876
just the body

im gonna remove the neck obvs lol


A strat still has a good chance of breaking. Plus, you really have nothing to gain from it falling down the stairs other than hard blunt force. That won't give you what you're looking for, just huge dents.
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#18
if youre going to refinish it, do it thin and in nitro, then sand the whole thing with fine grit sandpaper (evenly, 1200 grit or so). Once thats been accomplished, id attempt putting your guitar in the fridge for a few hours then put it in an environment thats around 100-150 degrees Farenheight. repeat the heating and cooling a couple of times to simulate the natural sinking and checking of the finish.

Some people like to soak the bare wood, unfinished body in tea before refinishing so the wood looks older. To age the other pieces, soak in coffee overnight. Metal parts rust in white vinegar BUT be VERY careful about that. personally I wouldnt rust my metal parts. Finally, sort of chip off paint where youd like, maybe sand off where the typical arm rub would go.
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lefthandman9876
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#19
yea cool good advice, dunno about putting it in the fridge, dont wanna warp or crack it

i like the tea and coffee idea, would really age and discolour the wood

id lightly rust the metal if anything, i dont wanna damage them too much

and im gonna do a beck and put strat contours on it and steel wool areas to make them look worn

thanks for all the input, im getting some pretty great ideas
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#20
lefthandman.. you wont get that beautiful checkered, vintage look without doing something of that sort to the body. I definately wouldnt put the neck in there. And your guitar will probably go through periods in its life where it will be as cold as your fridge and over 100 degrees.. nothing spectacular. Fender relic's by alternating upsidedown airspray fluid and hair dryer-ing.. but apparently it doesnt look "real"
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#21
I can just imagine it now:
LHM9876: Mom, we're out of coffee!
Mom: Already, but I just bought some, and what's your guitar doing in the fridge?

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#23
my friend tied his guitar body to the back of his 4 wheeler on a rope and took it for a spin down the street and through the woods. he did it on smooth concrete, not rough asphalt, it looks pretty sweet. just dont bang it around or you could screw up the neck pocket.
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#25
sand'er down good, paint in light coats, and play hard? that's the quickest way, but may not pay off in the long run.
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#26
cigarette burns?
stick one between the strings on the headstock and just let it burn down. you're gonna have to keep it lit though
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#27
Why would you want to do this? Just let nature take its course
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#28
tape sandpaper from your wrist to your elbow and play for abou half an hour, that way you will see exactly where you rub on your guitar and then it will give it a properly natural look then you sand that bit down properly
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#29
Here is a great site on how to relic a guitar:

http://www.relicdeluxe.com/default.asp

It will ahve everything you need to know on how to do it correctly. To do the finish checking an easy way is to heat the guitar with a hair dryer and then shoot it with compressed air and it will check right up for you. The site has this trick and many more.
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#31
tie it to the bumper of a car and drive away O_o

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#32
i'd never want to destroy my guitar like that... flashy paint job or not! i get a scratch and i go OMG OMG OMG OH NO!!!!!!!!!
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#34
stick your guitar in the fire. I did that to mine..I think I might have to do it again.. Looks pretty cool though.
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#35
Quote by lefthandman9876
how is it misleading?


Because if he was to naturally relic it he would play it for a long period of time. But here he is thinking of sanding it and maybe spilling tea on it.

But if you want a quick easy way just sand it and get some keys and bang them on there.

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#36
you don't want to damage the neck or frets, so remove the strings and cover the neck with cardboard to protect it. Then you can sandpaper the body and lightly hit it with a chain or keys.
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#37
Quote by lefthandman9876

see the sweat on his arm? nitro-cellulose corrodes on contact with lots of sweat which is why you can usually see the guitar being worn away where the arm is.
don't use sand paper, it'll look really really bad and obvious you've been deliberately breaking it.
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#38
Like I said before, let nature take its course. Natural damage is the sign of a well loved guitar.
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#39
you will need:

1 length of rope
1 car or bike
1 empty road

simply attach the rope to the guitar and then to your car or bike then ride along lol

or you could check this website out http://www.relicdeluxe.com/

someone s already posted it
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#40
now, that would honestly work pretty well. Just detach the neck from the body
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