Best one I've seen is where a guy took an Ibanez RG and hacked the body up in the shape of a strandberg. Looked like he used a handsaw. Nothing square and painted rough sawed. Advertised as "one of a kind". Wanted top dollar.
Except that Levi's typically charges more for those jeans...I think relic'd guitars should all come with a big discount. Like acid-wash or pre-ripped Levi's. I know it's a taste thing, but I kind of have an irrational dislike for false cred. Also I like a quality instrument to look like a quality instrument, and for the wear and tear to be added slowly, by me, over many years of use. But I tend to look after things, so even my 18 year old gigged PRS, which has a few small dings, is still basically in excellent condition, and my '88 Jap Squier Strat, that gigged solid for 20 odd years, still looks great unless you're up real close. But that's just me.
Boutique brands at least sometimes provide other benefits besides the name and meaningless bling. If you mean meaningless upcharge features on boutique orders, yeah, agreed.
Good point! Every nice thing I buy gets a ding in the first few weeks...its the ding that hurts the most but probably also teaches me not to be too precious about "stuff". Relic gear would solve that problem I guess!no one is trying to buy fake cred, they just like the way it looks. you also don't have to worry about them getting banged up, they're already there.
It's always interesting to see everyone else's take on why someone else is purchasing what they do. So far none of the reasons expressed in here in regards to why people purchase relic'd instruments has applied to why I chose a Nash. Or anyone I know who has also happened to purchase an aged guitar for that matter.i feel the best way to relic or distress any guitar is due it through years of playing and banging it out on that ax ...any purchased relic guitars are just somethimg people put on stands or walls to say they own a "relic"...make those wear marks yourself for the love of playing that guitar or bass...each dent, scratch, or chip may have a cool story to go with it