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Ibanez is doing the relic thing. I'm surprised that they are trying it on jazz boxes and 335 style guitars.

Personally, I'm quite surprised that they are trying it at all...as I thought the "enthusiasm" for this from a brand name had virtually ended...especially after the 1000's of the RoadWorn series Teles and Strats that looked identically worn.

I don't imagine that I will have to ask folks here to " Please Discuss " ...LOL






I saw one of these (below) at a local L&M...$1,399.00 plus tax = $1582.00 total
 

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They could just build some guitars with worm-eaten wood to the same affect, especially something that looks like the first photo. Maybe start a whole other trend.
 
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I kinda like #1 (why did they put that piece of foam under the bridge to protect the body).
Pics 2 & 3 look too deliberate. Like some kid's first attempt at doing a relic. Don't like.
 

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I like #3 the most.

Gonna post a pic of my workhorse after practice to compare.
 

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I quite like the look of #1. It has a nice whiskey glow...

I think a piece of cardboard, perhaps a piece of a 1954 Eaton's front cover, instead of that space age plastic thingy under the bridge, would finish the look off nicely.
 

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I don't think we should be surprised that Ibanez is doing this. If they feel there is a market for these, then they want to move as many as possible. Personally, it's not my cup of tea, although the first one is a little bit interesting.
 

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I don't think we should be surprised that Ibanez is doing this. If they feel there is a market for these, then they want to move as many as possible.
They're a few years late to the party but better late than never. Share in the relic'd glory equally.
 

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The black one looks cool. I agree with @greco on the "after the 1000's of the RoadWorn series Teles and Strats that looked identically worn" - some form of "relic fatigue" got to me. I want shiny guitars but it won't stop me buying a relic if it's a great guitar. I had one of the Landau Strat's and it was really nice. My Les Paul is aged and has a very worn neck but the guitar's sound and playability outweighed the (lack of) esthetics.
 

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I've never actually seen a lot of reliced Ibanez guitars. And it doesn't appeal to me as much as a Gibson or a Fender. I think I always associate Ibanez to shiny guitars. :)
 

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When I see solid older well-played bodies, they have chips, belt-buckle rash, and other forms of wear. Whenever I see true vintage jazz boxes, they have none of that. What they are more likely to have is simply "checking" on the finish, a few very minor scratches, and maybe a slightly duller finish. But none of the gashes and scrapes typical of solid-bodies.

Go to any major dealer of vintage guitars, and take a look through their holdings of pre-1965 jazz boxes. Granted, they will generally make it their business to carry pieces that are attractive enough to attract buyers. But it's not like 60+ years hasn't given them enough time to get scratched and worn down. They're just generally used by players who are more careful, so they haven't been "relic'd by reality" quite as severely as solid-bodies.
 

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I like the single cutaway jazz box on the top.
 
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