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Dinks and relics

Postby BJG145 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:46 pm

FFS. (This is just pure annoyed-vent material; please ignore.)

I had a Fender Elite Tele up on eBay for what I thought was a great price. It wasn't mint. It wasn't as new. Someone had clearly taken it out of the case a few times and actually played the thing.

At first I didn't bother cataloguing the dinks at all; I never claimed it was a museum piece. Then I added close-ups of a couple of tiny dinks. But that still wasn't enough to satisfy the case-candy/COA brigade. They demanded even deeper forensics. In the end I just told them to forget it and cancelled the listing.

In the meantime, "heavy relics" go for thousands.

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How come Fender's master builders can smash them about and mark them up with every hammer blow, but no-one else can so much as breathe on the damn thing without decimating the price? Life is so unfair. :protest:
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:18 pm

Dings in poly finishes and dings in nitro finishes are different.

You should have described it as a 'light relic'.
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby BJG145 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:33 pm

Wonks wrote:Dings in poly finishes and dings in nitro finishes are different.

OK...yes, I see that.

(Actually I'm glad I didn't sell it now. It's brought us closer.)
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby resistorman » Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:17 am

Maybe you confused potential buyers by calling them dinks. The proper nomenclature is dings, which better telegraphs (ahem) existential despair over the decay of the universe and whatnot.
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby SecretSam » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:42 am

I'd be worried about catching a virus off that fretboard, though :-)
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby BJG145 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:15 am

Here's my one...

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...it's my go-to instrument at the moment. Working from home (in temporary accommodation without all the usual gadgets and clutter), got it propped up by the desk and grab it for an occasional noodle between emails.

I hadn't realised before that the Tele is a jazz favourite, and I've been taking inspiration from players like Julian Lage.

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Need to get myself a good jazz guitar primer...
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby zenguitar » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:18 am

BJG145 wrote:Need to get myself a good jazz guitar primer...

A can of emulsion should do the job... :crazy:

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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:30 am

zenguitar wrote:
BJG145 wrote:Need to get myself a good jazz guitar primer...

A can of emulsion should do the job... :crazy:

Andy :beamup:


Personally I'd use some good tar to do the job, because then the guitar will always be in the right pitch.



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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:22 pm

Wonks wrote:
zenguitar wrote:
BJG145 wrote:Need to get myself a good jazz guitar primer...

A can of emulsion should do the job... :crazy:

Andy :beamup:


Personally I'd use some good tar to do the job, because then the guitar will always be in the right pitch.



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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby desmond » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:36 pm

I do love a beaten up Tele with stories to tell...

The problem with the relics is that they have the look, but don't have the stories...
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:00 pm

Waaaaay back in 1993 i played a 1979 tele in a shop in Edinburgh. It was sky-blue (not a colour Iike for guitars), battered to cr@p, and totally over budget at £350.
Normally I can't really get on with teles but this was, and remains as far as my memory goes, the nicest guitar I have ever played. I could have got hold of the cash, but I decided that I really couldn't justify 3-month's rent on a guitar.
It remains 'the one that got away'. :(
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby John Egan » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:45 pm

BJG145 wrote:FFS. (This is just pure annoyed-vent material; please ignore.)

I had a Fender Elite Tele up on eBay for what I thought was a great price. It wasn't mint. It wasn't as new. Someone had clearly taken it out of the case a few times and actually played the thing.

At first I didn't bother cataloguing the dinks at all; I never claimed it was a museum piece. Then I added close-ups of a couple of tiny dinks. But that still wasn't enough to satisfy the case-candy/COA brigade. They demanded even deeper forensics. In the end I just told them to forget it and cancelled the listing.

In the meantime, "heavy relics" go for thousands.

Image

How come Fender's master builders can smash them about and mark them up with every hammer blow, but no-one else can so much as breathe on the damn thing without decimating the price? Life is so unfair. :protest:

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I'm currently relicing my Gretsch Double Anniversary. It's coming along nicely but it's a long job. I started in 1962.
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:35 pm

desmond wrote:The problem with the relics is that they have the look, but don't have the stories...

Oh, so beautifully put Desmond! 8-)


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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby CS70 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:38 pm

Well on the other side my main red strat has lots of dings and scratches accumulated over the years but I have no idea exactly where and how.... :D
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Re: Dinks and relics

Postby Watchmaker » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:19 am

I cry when my guitars get dinged, but I like the sheen a well played rosewood neck gets. I did drill through a forest green custom shop tele headstock once when the collar on my drill bit slipped. value went the wrong way with that technique. the new machine heads stay in tune though.
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