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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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"relic" jem

considering the recent trend of releasing "relic-ed" guitars by fender, gibson, and other companies, what would you think of an exact replica of Monseiur Vai's beloved EVO along the lines of what ESP did with Kirk Hammett's guitar?

Personally, it would be a nice collectors item but i couldn't see ibanez doing anything of the sort relying on a custom shop anymore. i think a limited edition release would be quite interesting but the price would probably be outrageous.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 04:00 PM
 
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just get a vwh..... after all thats the same as evo..... oh tape up the bridge pick and write "konx" and evo in black marker in the appropriate places..
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I will do the terminal 12-inch split in the body for anyone who pays shipping.



But a relic Jem would be wonderful. I'd probably prefer something like Neville though, the relic thing works really well on natural guitars, like the N4 relic that Nuno showed me (not Bettencourt, our Italian Nuno!)
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The relic'd Teles and Strats I've played were all outstranding guitars; far, far better than the regular American Strats or even the Closet Classic guitars. They sound clearly better and feel great. The woods are higher quality and the elecronics are clearly different. You can only get the relic'd pickups in a relic'd guitar, you can't even just buy a set. If you haven't tried one definitely look for one on your next trip to a music store.
As for Evo, I don't think it would sell. I don't know that there's anything you couldn't do yourself with a sharpie, some tissue paper and some tape, but Washburn sells an "aged" N4 with a sticker on it for a $300 upcharge. I think most of Vai's fans are sophisticated enough to know they've got Steve's specs in a plain, new VWH, and artificially aging it without great benefit would be silly. The relic Strats are clearly superior playing and sounding, a new VWH is already modeled after Steve's guitar, where can you go from there?

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feel free to send me your brand new VWH. I will borrow it for 5 years and abuse it. After that period you can get it back and you will have a relicjem...and you don't even have to pay me for that
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You should also put a black edge trem on there...
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I dunno, Evo looks different one year to another. They could make various versions, like the "As new but with EVO written on it" Evo, the "Black headstock, a few dings, minimal neck joint crack" Evo, the "Busted up, chrome volume control, Les Paul-autographed, white headstock, busted-ass neck joint (for deluxe un-requested whammy effects), sweaty KONX tape" Evo...
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Personally I can't for the life of me understand paying that kind of money for an already beat up guitar, I don't get the relic thing at all
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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-10-2003, 12:21 AM
 
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I will do the terminal 12-inch split in the body for anyone who pays shipping.


hey if u get any volunteers i really want to help... :P
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-10-2003, 01:16 AM
 
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Personally I can't for the life of me understand paying that kind of money for an already beat up guitar, I don't get the relic thing at all
I agree... that's like buying already torn clothes... hell, might as well buy some clothes from a homeless man real cheap, already worn, authentic stained and torn clothes.
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Personally I can't for the life of me understand paying that kind of money for an already beat up guitar, I don't get the relic thing at all
I think Fender relics look cool. EVO, on the other hand, is sad looking, beat up and rather ugly. (I hope I don't get flamed )

I would never pay for relic though.
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I agree... that's like buying already torn clothes... hell, might as well buy some clothes from a homeless man real cheap, already worn, authentic stained and torn clothes.
I saw that kind of Diesel jeans on store once. They had holes all over and looked like someone had pissed on them. The price was double the normal of course. The best part was the warning tag that said they may not last as long as normal model
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I would never pay for relic though.
Me neither, I don't get the whole idea why someone would pretend he's been using a guitar for all his life by going out and buying a factory new yet beat up guitar. I'd rather buy a brand-spanking new guitar and add dings and dongs myself by actually playing it (!) and taking it to gigs and whatever. This doesn't mean I don't watch for my guitars and don't care for them. Au contraire. But I say battle scars can be memories too.
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The charm behind the Fender Relics is that they're nearly identical to the "real deal". I've had a few Relic Strats and have had my current one for the past 3 years. I LOVE IT! I actually sold my '64 Strat to get a Relic, because I wasn't comfortable taking the '64 to gigs. The Relic plays and sounds better than the '64 did, and 99% of all people can't tell the difference from a couple of feet away.

The basis of the Relic series is that you can have a "vintage" guitar that has the same vibe & feel of an original, but that can actually be played out, etc.

The same machinery is used to manufacture the hardware, the same nitricellulose finishes are applied, the pickups are wound by the same people who wound the original pickups, etc. They're completely authentic down to the capacitors, pots and wire that are used. The only differences are that they're stamped "RELIC" in the pickup and tremolo cavities, and they have the Custom Shop seal on the back of the headstock

I personally can't see any value in a "relic" JEM, but...to each their own.
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Well, personally, I just don't understand why someone wants a relic that looks like a guitar someone else beat up. To me, a 64 strat in Mint condition would impress me far more than a relic'd 64 that looks ready for the trash, they might play fine, but they are still beat up guitars IMO.

And for what they charge!!!! If I'm paying to much for a guitar as it is, I want that arms deep clear that looks perfect! :P
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