We'll do a complete relic of your existing finish for $550 plus all shipping fees to and from our shop. This is a complete tear-down and re-build, and includes a full setup and a fresh set of 10 gauge strings.
What's included in our relic service?
Adding dents, dings, forearm wear, buckle rash, belly rub, and pick marks
Dulling and yellowing the finish
Adding lacquer checking lines
Full neck relic including hand rolling the fretboard and dressing the fret ends
Adding “fretwear” to the wood NOT the wire (maple necks only)
Removing the finish from the back for faster playing and less drag, and darkening it with amber nitro lacquer
Aging the metal hardware and plastics
Choose all or some of the above options including the amount of relic from light to heavy wear.
For an additional $550, we can strip the original body finish and refinish it in nitro lacquer. This is an add on to our relic service - we do not offer straight refinishing. The refinish add-on includes the full body of Fender guitars (necks will not be stripped) or just the top of Les Paul guitars (back and sides remain original lacquer). All are fully aged with our relic service.
Please note, we DO NOT offer binding or routing to personal guitars, or install trademark headstock decals.
For all relic services, our turnaround time is two weeks or less from the time it reaches our shop. We do require that you send along a pre-paid UPS return shipping label.
If possible, you can separate the neck and ship the parts in a smaller box to save on shipping. You will receive it back the same way you send it, even re-using your packaging for return shipping.
Once we establish details on your project, we'll email you a Paypal invoice, which is also payable by any major credit card.
In addition, send along or email “inspiration” photos of guitars that have the look you want. Please understand, that these are for reference only and your guitar will not turn out as an exact replica.
Any questions just ask. We look forward to transforming your guitar for you!