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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Please tell me that the Custom Shop didn't do this '57 Strat.

Stew
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Riverside, CA

Surf's Up!
Sep 24th, 2012 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's amazing how over the top distressing I'm seeing in a world obsessed with SRV style distressing. Aside from the guitar heroes with authentic battle scarred guitars, I have NEVER seen authentic vintage instruments look as beat up as what's being known as "heavy Relic" treatments.

This one is a prime example. I had a coffee table that got chewed up one day when we got a new puppy and forgot to leave up the child's barrier in the kitchen. The rest of the guitar looks great while it looks like someone went to town on the edges. Forearm wear looks like they were a arm swinging strummer. When I play, my forearm is locked and only my wrist moves. Therefore, only leaving a small wear through at the sharpest curve near the edge of the body.

Has the QC process declined at the FCS? What ever happened to subtle? Does the Team Build crew ever visit a guitar show? It's sad when the Custom Shop Relics start looking like ebay DIY Relic jobs.

What Happened?

6L6
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Lago, CA

Sep 24th, 2012 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have to say that while I do like relics, that particular one looks really weird to me. The wear is in funny places and combined with a still-shiny top/back, it just doesn't look realistic to me at all.

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Jim Bob

America

Sep 24th, 2012 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not a fan at all of relics. If the wear and tear was not honestly earned it doesn't belong. This one looks like they tied one end of chain around the neck and the other end around the bumper of a pickup truck then drove down a gravel road at 50 miles and hour with the guitar dragging and bouncing along behind it.


Oops, I think I just let the cat out of the bag on how they do their relic-ing.

(This message was last edited by Jim Bob at 08:54 AM, Sep 26th, 2012)

stratcowboy
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Sep 24th, 2012 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a pretty bad job.

talk_2_joe

England

Oct 6th, 2012 12:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is it definitely real CS?!

Pinetree
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Life gets shorter...

every minute of the day.
Oct 6th, 2012 02:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, this one's only $6,500.


Lookie here.

Alderandash
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QLD Australia

Oct 6th, 2012 02:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess someone buys this junk.

Maybe one of jimmie's he torched on stage?



Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Oct 8th, 2012 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If things like the Pontiac Aztek and PT Cruiser can be marketed to the public--anything is possible. No biggie. Just don't buy it--somebody else will.

SoK66
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USA

We had the hit but Van got the money
Oct 18th, 2012 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Buying a relic guitar is something like buying a '60s muscle car replica with pre-rusted Fenders and rotten seat covers. I've had good experiences with Fenders Strat relics in terms of their playability and tone, but there is indeed something dishonest about the whole affair that's always bothered me. Same with these artist guitar replicas. Aside from making money for Fender, would you really walk on stage with a Stevie #1 replica? To me that would be really...well.

amphead4

Cincinnati, USA

Oct 18th, 2012 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Buying a relic guitar is something like buying a '60s muscle car replica with pre-rusted Fenders and rotten seat covers."

New quote of the day right here!

Rudeboy

Colorado, USA

Master of the Rudecaster
Jan 20th, 2013 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have NEVER seen authentic vintage instruments look as beat up as what's being known as "heavy Relic" treatments."

I have.

Stew
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Riverside, CA

Surf's Up!
Jan 25th, 2013 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rudeboy: Really? Seriously? Maybe some bad refins but actually seen vintage beat to hell Strats and Teles? SRV and Jeff Beck don't count.

johnny1111
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Maplewood, MN

Alone Again Naturally
Feb 17th, 2013 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the Closet Classic and, of course, the Cunetto relics. But the heavy relics are laughable in how unnatural the look. Very few true vintage guitars, even those heavily played over the years, look like someone beat them with a log chain and threw acid on the guitar. Ha Ha!

wunga

United Kingdom

Feb 18th, 2013 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to hate the whole relic thing, but I do like the idea of not having to worry about the odd ding or scrape.

There's an art to it too, and that's grown more appealing over the years. Danocasters of all varieties are particularly well executed, imo. Rarely does a heavy relic either.

60CycleHum

USA

Feb 19th, 2013 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i think 10 years from now people will be scratching their heads about what people were thinking about the whole 'relic' thing. of course by then there might be something even crazier like the 'haunted' guitars that embody the ghosts of famous players.

zeedawg
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USA

Praise him with the strings
Jun 25th, 2013 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never have liked the relic thing myself. To me it's just a " hey look at me wanting to be a rock star". I don't understand how people can lay down that kind of cash for something that just has no stage appeal. I know this if FDP, but look at Gibson and PRS, they are beautiful guitars. Some even less money than relics. But again, i'm not bashing those who buy and enjoy them. I just prefer the exotic sports car look, and so do the chicks IMHO :-)

Peegoo
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The seaweed sinks

and the sun gets low
Jun 25th, 2013 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're just buying nostalgia...and an expertly-assembled guitar that has a played-in feel.

The really good ones--you can feel it right away, even if you were blindfolded. The necks have rolled edges, the bodies don't feel plasticky, etc. If that's what you like, you spring for it. If you don't like it, then you spend your dough on something else.

walshb
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Manchester, TN

12,423 Mustangs passed and counting
Jul 16th, 2013 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What Happened? Apparently somebody bought it, no longer for sale.

Peegoo
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Ya gotta

get behind the mule
Jul 17th, 2013 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sure. If there weren't a market for these, Fender would be doing something else. See my comment on the Aztek (above) =o)

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