DIY: How to relic metal parts for your Relic Guitar ProjectWritten by Sean Rezel on May 24, 2011 in Fender Relic Relic Guitar - 5 Comments
What does it take to relic different parts for a Relic Guitar project? Let’s break it down. You have the woods; which are the body and the neck, then you have the metals; which are the bridge and its parts, the tuners, screws and strap holder, and the plastics; which are the scratch plate, knobs, pickup covers and pickup selector switch.
Let’s look at the metals in this article. How do we relic metal guitar parts so that the look authentic and not something that looks like it was recovered off the bottom of the ocean!
**Warning: This should be done by an adult or someone who has prior experience using acids. Always wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself!
The trick is to use the muriatic acid fumes to slowly wear down your metal parts. Suspend the metal parts above a pool of muriatic acid for 5 hours a day at a time. Repeat the process until you get the right amount of relic you need.
A big hint is to always have a picture of what you want the end product to look like. From there you can figure out how much time you need the metals to sit under the acidic fumes.
If you are too worried about the acid, you can buy your relic parts here: www.monsterrelic.com which to me make some really super, authentic looking relic parts.
Relic Guitars do have its place in the guitar world and make super fun guitar projects. Just make sure that you take all the precautions necessary to protect yourself. Have fun!