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    Default Can someone please explain to me how to "relic" a guitar?

    I did a 5150 build a few yrs. ago and, while the paint came out fine, the neck just sucks and I messed it up, trying to level a few frets that seemed high. So I want to get a new neck and relic the body to make it look right. How do you get that rubbing effect where the red is worn off such that the white shows? What's the trick there? Since I put a lot of clear coat on this one, I assume that's gonna complicate it. But I want to try to save this body without starting over from scratch.

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    I used a bit of 0000. steel wool and a little nail thing that I've had since I was a kid. I found a bunch of pictures of Ed's guitar and some of the "better" copies and used them as a reference.

    Here is a link to mine which has a picture of the nail thing I used and my build.

    http://halen.com/evh/index.php?name=...topic&t=693954

    I never had any clear on mine so I guess you will have to sand a bit heavier than I did.

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    Very cool. Thanks. Will be researching this more.

 

 

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