Aged to Perfection
Roadworn Ready for Rock'n'Roll
I cut my teeth in electric guitar modification by learning how to age Fender style guitars and age parts for vintage guitar restoration. It's a polarising practice, one that you either dig or don't. I'm OK with that - I get both sides of the argument. However, my aim is to create more than just a 'look'. Each guitar I age has to have a story behind it... the wear and tear has tales to tell, gives an archaeological insight into the type of players whose hands it has passed through and venues it has played. Every detail is mused over to build a consistent history that is as authentic as the imagination allows it to be. I age everything myself - the body, neck, pickguard, metal parts etc. It's a time consuming process but one that I love doing.
You can order any DeluxeTone build to relic spec with a base upcharge of $250 for 'lightly aged' aesthetic. For heavier ageing let's talk about what story you want to shape.
Although I am occasionally able to do relic refinish work on Fender style guitars, these are usually exceptions that I fit in as time allows. Please be aware that the ageing of an existing 'clean' factory built guitar is not something that I will do. The work I do in that area is usually limited to refinishing older guitars and often involves the removal of the existing finish - an expensive process. However, If I am unable to help you out then I can refer you to other luthiers who may be able to assist.