- May 6, 2002
You won't see such posts coming, at least not from anyone with a bit of common sense.Yup, people love those things and it's been a real popular cosmetic option since Ron Davids 1999 40th Ann model. Now they get real, or simulated, dirt rubbed in on the #4 heavy aged. I'm waiting for the posts explaining how the dirt helps produce an earthy tone you just can't get with a gloss finish.
But to force the argument a little, I do say that I play my relics slightly differently than I do my pristine, non-relic LP.
Perhaps it is me being mildly (more than mildly, according to my loved ones) OCD, but when I play a beautiful, pristine, perfect, glossy guitar, I am conscious of handling it and playing it carefully, trying to avoid that fated first ding etc.
When I play my relics I have none of these concerns, I dig in, don't feel restrained by my own boundaries and I can and focus solely on the music, in short I play better.
And, if it is true that tone is in the fingers, then as a result I sound better. Makes sense?