Fender custom shop guitars
IMHO the relicing is to satisfy the ‘need’ for rich Knobbers to pretend that they’ve had that cool <insert fender of desire! say a 68 tele over painted sunburst> since like before they were born and played it soooo much look it’s all worn and stuff.
Wear and tear is what you should add to a guitar, I don’t think you can truly fake it. Plus they charge you more just to **** it up some….
Apparently if you add some wear of your own it reduces the resale value!
If you are after a specific model in specific colour/hardwear then sure, why not. But not being able to play it first would be my worry, I mean, what if it didn’t, you speak to you….? Not quite the same but I ordered a vintage hotrod 52 tele on spec coz the reviews sounded perfect. I’ve never gotten on with it (unlike my bog standard HSS US strat which I chose by you know, playing….).Posted 1 year agochiefgrooveguruMember
In the world of bass guitars, if you want a really awesome Fender style bass, you don’t get a Fender. I’m not sure how much skinny string guitarists have caught onto the idea of going to a smaller luthier or manufacturer to get a better instrument for less cost. My custom bass cost way less than any custom shop Fender and sounds and plays incredible.Posted 1 year agoTom BMember
As above, ‘relicing’ really is the saddest thing ever imo! It’s like getting a bucket of mud and painting it on your bike to make it look ridden! Although I guess that if you like the relic style look and only play in your bedroom then you’re never going to get natural wear!
That said, I do have a second hand custom shop Fender! Mainly cos it was a good price and I’m very specific about wanting a maple neck and texas special pickup’s.
Main guitar is still my 86 MIJ Tele though, just sounds sooooo good! Really need to get it setup and repaired actually, it takes a real battering.Posted 1 year agoctkMember
The best guiarist I know would go into a guitar shop and play every strat they had (us, Mexico, jap) and buy his favourite. This seems to me the coolest way to get a guitar.
My brother has 10 or more US Fenders strats/teles/basses he gets them off ebay, they don’t lose value so he jysts plays them for a while some he keeps some he sells onPosted 1 year agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Relicing is very, very, sad indeed.
But if I wanted, say, a reverse Jag with a modern neck, Strat vintage neck and middle pickups, Tele rear pickup, modern bridge and switching, in Daphne Blue with a rosewood fingerboard then yes, why not?
But I’d probably get an L&G custom instead.
Or learn to play properly first.Posted 1 year ago
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