Relic Guitars? What’s The Appeal?
OK… this post is bound to bend the E-Strings of a few guitarists, but for the life of me, I don’t understand the attraction to “relic” guitars.
To me, buying a relic guitar is like buying a beat-up car… or an old house with cracked walls and paint peeling from the ceiling… or a pair of blue jeans with holes in the knees. I know, I know… jeans with holes in the knees have been a hot-selling item for years… but I am talking about a guitar!
I’m a lot like Ed Roman. I like SHINY GUITARS! (No flames, please.)
I don’t gig (yet) thus most of my guitars are in the “excellent to mint condition” category. I can’t imagine taking my Les Paul and etching, staining, dinging, bumping and cracking it – all in the name of creating a “Vintage Guitar” look.
There are dozens of books you can buy and videos you can watch that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make your brand new Fender look like it has traveled with the Rolling Stones since 1962. A simple Google search for “Relic Guitars” returned a few hundred web sites — all designed to transform your brand new Gibson into something my parents would toss in the trash if I wasn’t watching.
One of the most popular relic guitar sites starts out with this quote: “In our opinion, nothing is more beautiful than a vintage guitar that has been heavily played and has that “dragged behind a truck and through a fire” appearance.”
To each his own. Some like blues; some like jazz. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I actually take pride in wiping down my guitars after I play them. I rub out the fingerprints. I polish the finish. I buff the humbucker covers when I change the strings. I almost cried when I bumped the headstock of my strat against a music stand (and it didn’t even leave a mark).
Just call me the “anti-relic” GuitarDaddy!
That’s my opinion, what’s yours??