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 they look authentic for your relic guitar project 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!
- Tagged: bridge, muriatic acid, relic guitar, relic metal guitar parts, relic parts, screws, strap holder, tuners
About the author
Sean Rezel is a Rhythm Guitarist, a skill which he picked up from musically inclined family. Sean’s love for music led him to release one original EP each with Mary J. Sex Asylum, Dan, Dinesh and Sean in the early to late 90s. He has been an integral part of well known Singapore bands such as Jade and Confused, The Rogue Traders, The Project Band and Seattle Sound from 2001 till now.
- How to Buy Relic Guitars Online?
- Fender Relic or Vintage?
- DIY: How to relic metal parts for your Relic Guitar Project
- Fender Relic: Only one part of the equation
- Bill Nash – Relic Guitar Hero
- The Fender Stratocaster Serial Numbers Guide
- Match that Fender Pickup with a Genre
- The Vintage Stratocaster Colour Conundrum
- The Relic Guitar – A new vintage?
- Telecaster Relic Accidents: Wearing your guitar down naturally