- Jan 30, 2005
Aging was the answer to the manufacturing question "What do we do with this finish flawed guitar?"
New production guitars with slight finish imperfections are perfect candidates for aging/relicing.
Think of all the guitars saved from the dreaded '2' stamp or worse the bandsaw! :2cool
I should have read closer, as the work I watched was not done to new guitars, either at the factory or right after they were built.
But, artificially aging guitars in general has been going on at least as long as I stated.
I think that could be a mistaken plan. Maybe try playing it a few hours. THs are different from the other ones. Louder acoustically in my experience twice now. Three times including another guy's guitar. Give it a try.
Writing this because when I got mine I thought it looked a little weird too, but now I literally do not notice it as being anything odd or uncomfortable.
I'll admit I only read about 20 posts before I skipped to the end to give my opinion.
I'll tell you why I will only buy an aged guitar ( I have three True Historics and a Fender Heavy Relic)
It is because I can play them all I want and NOT DEVALUE them. Every nick, bump, scratch, rust spot, blemish
etc. etc. etc. that I put on a new $7000 guitar will come back to haunt me down the line when I go to sell it.
The buyer will beat me up for every little tiny imperfection. Every time I bump the guitar into my computer
desk, my sons cymbal etc. etc. it is literally like throwing a couple hundred dollars down the drain. Now people
will say, "well I am never going to sell this guitar" right......Now some of you are saying"That never happens to me
I buy a guitar and then want to sell it down the road to finance another one!".Look in the mirror and say this three times and
see if you really believe that......
Now with an aged guitar every time I bump, scratch, hit, bang drop, sweat on the thing it looks cooler.When I go to sell said guitar
I have my luthier (who happens to be outstanding and can out perform any PLEK machine) level and crown the frets
and I can sell the guitar in "mint" condition! In fact the guitar will go up in value depending on the economy and the
current supply. Right now Gibson isn't shipping any new Custom orders from I have been told....
I can leave my guitars out, not having to worry about humidity or temp messing with the finish. I don't have worry about
forgetting to wipe it down. I don't have to NOT let people with a belt on hold it etc. etc. I can just enjoy having such a nice
Also when you get a Murphy Aged guitar it can actually increase the value of your guitar. The aging is so realistic and
time consuming that there is a reason he has such a great reputation. If you haven't seen a Murphy in person you need
to hold judgement until you do.
Opinions??Come on I can take it......
It's already in the mail, going back home. I tried playing it and loving it but it was like an ugly baby---I knew I SHOULD have loved it, and I really tried, but I just couldn't bring meself to look upon its face....:bh
I just scored a nice Traditional Pro, bright and shiny and all cherry-like, and she sings like a beautiful siren... :hee
lol, no actually I bought ANOTHER True Historic '59 R9 and am awaiting it to arrive, hopefully tomorrow. I mean, who the hell owns only ONE Les Paul??? :salude Not this child....(photos coming....)You returned an aged True Historic 59 and bought a Trad Pro to replace it? Sounds like it wasn't the aging that turned you off, but rather the price tag! :hee
And don't pooh-pooh the Trad-Pro; I am simply blown away by it's tone and voice. ANd it plays like a stick of buttah. It's an incredible guitar even with the gimmicky controls. They don't bnother me as much as I thought they might. When I get my next LP--a Standard, no doubt--I'll get a real shiny one.eace2
Creating natural aging on my guitars is one reason I don't want to own too many.