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bluesfisher



USA

Jun 29th, 2004 02:30 PM        

We all love our Custom Shop guitars for any number of different reasons. But my question to all of you is what do you like the best in regards to the TIme Machine series, the Relic, the Closet Classic, or the NOS? And most importantly why?

Personally I love the relics cause they just have so much MOJO!



250swb

Contributing Member

Yorkshire, England

Jun 29th, 2004 03:22 PM        

I went for a Closet Nocaster after looking at Relic and NOS. I like the checking on the body, but would rather contribute to the overall wear myself. The NOS looked slightly sterile compared to the other two. One point about the Closet that also appealed was that a real Nocaster would be about my age, so some ageing is good, but I'm not as worn as a relic yet!



250swb

Contributing Member

Yorkshire, England

Jun 29th, 2004 03:23 PM        

I went for a Closet Nocaster after looking at Relic and NOS. I like the checking on the body, but wanted to contribute to the overall wear myself. The NOS looked slightly sterile compared to the other two. One point about the Closet that also appealed was that a real Nocaster would be about my age, so some ageing is good, but I'm not as worn as a relic yet!



Dewy888



USA

Die Hard Hendrix
Jun 29th, 2004 07:41 PM        

While I don't own any CS guitars (yet). I'd get NOS. I don't see the point in buying a guitar thats dinged up, unless its cheaper. I mean if I were to buy a CS for display I think I might get a Closet or a lighter relic just for looks but I'd rather bang up a playing guitar myself.



Tyrone Shuz

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USA

Murlin'
Jun 29th, 2004 07:41 PM        

From the TM's I've played, as a group, the Relics have sounded the best to me. That's not to say that there's no variance, and that ALL relics are better than CC and NOS, but three TM's have taken my breath away, one of which I own, and all were relics.



Blue Tex

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West Texas

When in doubt, tell the truth...
Jun 30th, 2004 08:30 AM        


Mine's a '56 Closet Classic.



56Relic



USA

Jun 30th, 2004 08:40 AM        

I have my moods, somedays I enjoy the NOS, somedays the CC, and others the relic. I think they're all fine guitars.



JeffFlowerday

Contributing Member

Calgary, AB Canada

Too many amps? Too many amps my ass!!!
Jun 30th, 2004 08:51 AM        

Relic or Closet Classic. The checking seems to open the guitar up and lets it real sing and breath. I find NOS too tight.



ajbergren

Contributing Member

USA/IA

Transcend Time
Jun 30th, 2004 12:14 PM        

NOS. I wouldn't mind a CC, but my reasoning for preferring NOS is that it will wear with MY playing style, amount of use, etc. This way, in 10-20 years, this guitar will truely be mine. In this respect, CC or Relic are somewhat like used guitars (but this doesn't make them bad by any means).

I am not personally shy to play the heck out of my NOS '60 strat, because I do not value this as a prized monetary possession, but as a truely great sounding guitar to enjoy. It easily sounds better than any other strat that I've ever played.

The checking ,etc. are cool on the CC and Relics, but what will happen in 30 years? Will these strats have a "doubly aged" look to them? I guess I just prefer to have a strat that was built as is in 1960 and play it and watch it age.

AJB.



gordie

Contributing Member

USA

Jul 5th, 2004 01:56 AM        

NOS all the way. It's my guitar, I like it brand new and I'll make it mine over the years. Don't need somebody to pretend to beat it up for me.

I wouldn't worry about the difference in tone, my '56 Time Machine NOS has tone for DAYS. It's all in the fingers anyway.

Actually, all the Custom Shop guitars I've played were great, NOS, CC, Relic - so not to insult anybody's guitar!

Just my preference.... NOS!

In the end, the mojo is the joining of you and the guitar no matter whether it looks like it got danced on in 1962 or made yesterday.

I do love the smell of the nitro paint on the Time Machines. I lucked out and found a production line guitar in Candy Apple Red with some birdseye in the neck too.



Orion1

Contributing Member

US

Jul 5th, 2004 11:32 AM        

I've played all three and have to say the Relic sounded best.

I don't know if it's true but I was told that the process they use to relic the pickups gives it a better tone than the others. And this is only done with the Relic strats.



Gretsch



Gibraltar

Jul 6th, 2004 03:08 AM        

To be honest I "was" not a big fan of the Relics at first and wanted a TM CS guitar. I tried out several guitars including NOS, CC and Relics. It came down to 2 Daphne Blue 60 Strats that had the best sounds and overall just felt right. I was with a friend that only likes the NOS guitars and was encouraging me to get that one. However, even though these 2 guitars were right up there, the Relic was just sooooo good and I had to get it. That's just what I did and I love my Relic!!!!!!!!!!

Jason



johng



USA

Jul 7th, 2004 02:37 AM        

"With a Relic you've no problem to play it in any condition; with a NOS you are very careful to handle it and play it, almost shy."

If you like the relic look, then why be overly careful with an NOS? You want it to get its "beauty marks."

I'd choose the guitar that sounded and played the best rather than go by looks.




tuna



Virginia,USA

Southern by birth, Virginian by grace
Jul 13th, 2004 04:47 PM        

I've had an NOS 56 Strat and an NOS Nocaster. I now own a 61 Relic Strat and a Relic Nocaster. To me no other way to go but relics. More mojo, vintage thing going or something. I also think that the relics have their own individual thing going on, all kinda dinged and worn differently. Just cool guitars.



archiestone

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SF Bay Area, CA

Jul 20th, 2004 07:00 PM        

Closet classic - just looks "right" to me.



Thenirv

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Las Vegas, NV

Champion of all things Fender!
Jul 27th, 2004 08:47 PM        

I've got nothing against Relics or the CC's, I've played some that were just plain great guitars, but the faux relicing just isn't my cup of tea. I can certainly understand why people buy them, they are cool in that they replicate the vibe of vintage guitars and not having to worry about that first ding would be nice, but I just don't want to pay several hundred dollars extra for someone to beat up and oxidize a perfectly good guitar. It's kinda sad in some ways, I mean, this beautiful new guitar getting hammered with screwdrivers, keys, etc.



dexcatindahat



USA/Boulder Colorado

and you'll never hear surf music again
Jul 29th, 2004 01:23 AM        

I cant say that I like relics in general, but my favorite guitar is a used black stratocaster relic. The tone is so perfect Im not even going to shield the guitar, or even turn a screw on the guitar it sounds so good.

I live near Wildwood and get to play lots of different time machines. What is amazing is the different personalities of each of the guitars. I think I prefer the NOS, but my ear always seems to pick the relic.



Rudeboy

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Lompoc, CA

"Nice as a Fool Can Be"
Jul 29th, 2004 11:45 AM        

Could care less what ya call em...I buy based on tone. No preference to how they look.



Public Defender



spokane

Jan 24th, 2014 07:48 PM        

store your NOS in the basement and the hardware will age. It will happen quickly. <br /> <br /> This is not legal advice.



Texican



Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Jan 26th, 2014 10:16 PM        

gordie - "NOS all the way. It's my guitar, I like it brand new and I'll make it mine over the years. Don't need somebody to pretend to beat it up for me."<br /> <br /> Thenirv - "... but the faux relicing just isn't my cup of tea. ..."<br /> <br /> Without a doubt NOS. I basically want to have any relicing on my Strat and/or Tele to be of my own accord.



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