My Relicing Workshop
A Creative Process
My Inspiration for Relicing Guitars
"Guitar relicing is really an uncoventional art-form.."
I draw a great deal of inspiration from my guitar relicing 'space', my workshop where I have my workbench, tools, chemicals and various applicators. Everything I need to complete any work is literally within arm's reach. Guitar relicing is really a uncoventional art-form whereas artistic distressing and destruction of a guitar's components are the creative process. The word 'creative' and 'destruction' to some may seem like an oxymoron. However, the 'creative' process in this case is creating a realistic and tasteful effect of aging through destroying what is typically considered to be 'new' and thus creating the effect of 'old'.
There are many items which may get a certain task done. Hence, you may not always find the most conventional tools and/or materials on this workbench. In fact some items you find may leave you scratching your head wondering what I am using them for. Much of guitar relicing is an uncharted map and relicers such as myself often explore and experiment with new tools, materials and processes to devise and hone the most effective techniques.
Here is an inspiring photo of my workbench..
Of course, none of my affinity for guitar relicing or guitars would not exist without my love of music and of making music. Throughout the past 30+ years, I have owned many variations of a home music production studio. Over that time, I have gone from humble to extravagant in terms of the amount of gear I have collected at any given time. Recently, I have decided to majorly scale down (pun intended) and keep my studio setup very small and simple. Hence it is now comprised of a computer, a good turntable, with a succinct collection of vinyl records (because nothing sounds better than vinyl!), a CD-player, a nice analog mixing console, a killer synthesizer/keyboard and studio monitors.
Here is a photo of my humble, little studio..