SC Relics Guitar Emporium

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#2
Today, I’m going to show you a recent fix I did. It involved an MJT body that a customer purchased from the States. Unfortunately, it was very wrong and the chap had the choice of either taking it up with MJT and waiting a long time to get it replaced or get it sorted within the UK.

The burst arrived opaque, it was meant to be transparent...

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And yes, it’s a G Bender tele! Not the finest of what MJT can do. Pretty poor burst even if it was the right style.

Anyway, I further agreed with the customer to have the guitar wired and setup here too and that’s what we did.

Enjoy!

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bad alice

Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!
#3
Today, I’m going to show you a recent fix I did. It involved an MJT body that a customer purchased from the States. Unfortunately, it was very wrong and the chap had the choice of either taking it up with MJT and waiting a long time to get it replaced or get it sorted within the UK.

The burst arrived opaque, it was meant to be transparent...

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And yes, it’s a G Bender tele! Not the finest of what MJT can do. Pretty poor burst even if it was the right style.

Anyway, I further agreed with the customer to have the guitar wired and setup here too and that’s what we did.

Enjoy!

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Nice work Scott!
I notice you keep saying “we” when you refer to SC Relics;
Have you reached the point now where you’ve taken on staff/have a team?
If so who are they and do we get an introduction or a profile?
Cuz they clearly have da skillz...
:)
 

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#4
@bad alice laura helps with some of the prep. It’s the messy part of the job which involves stripping existing finishes, grain filling, sanding and filling in previous damage. She’s stopping just now though and I’m bringing in a new set of hands. Tbh, it was a short term plan until a found someone new. She also does the books.

All spraying, finishing and ageing is done by me. The painting is the hardest part of the process.
 

bad alice

Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!
#5
@bad alice laura helps with some of the prep. It’s the messy part of the job which involves stripping existing finishes, grain filling, sanding and filling in previous damage. She’s stopping just now though and I’m bringing in a new set of hands. Tbh, it was a short term plan until a found someone new. She also does the books.

All spraying, finishing and ageing is done by me. The painting is the hardest part of the process.
Gotcha.
And I hope the team continues to grow!
:)
 

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#6
Gotcha.
And I hope the team continues to grow!
:)
That’s part of the dilemma. Growing the business and any staff creates problems that I’ve dealt with in the past. I don’t want to repeat that. We’ve got a lot of thinking to do about how we want to go forward. The margins are still low because of the constant investment so full time staff are certainly (and thankfully) out of the equation.
 

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#9
Here’s one from the summertime. The owner of this rather nice fender got in touch to chat about his idea...

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Which involved doing something like this...

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Off came the inch thick clear polyurethane clear coat and on went the orange complete with natural edge binding with a black back and sides!

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Any “marks” you see on the orange is reflection. That surface was like glass.

And once back home I was sent this rather nice picture... or 2 or 3 ;)

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Chu

Well-Known Member
#10
They look stunning Scott. You're either a wizard with iPhone filters or a wizard with a spray gun dude ;)

I approve of the word 'We' when referring to your work. It sounds professional, shows good manners and isn't screaming 'Look at how great I am!'. As you say, taking on staff is a massive step and brings a whole new role into the mix. Expansion for the sake of it isn't always worth it.



PS. I appreciate just how belittling it is to suggest that it's just spraying......
 

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#11
Thanks @Chu ! No iPhones were harmed during the taking of these photographs. I now use my Nikon SLR for 95% of the shots. Any customer shots are likely smart phones but I now document all my finished work properly so that I have a large folio to choose from when the website needs updating.

I mainly say “we” because it’s very apt. This is a family business. As you say, I’m not into ththe attention seeking thing for myself. I prefer people to think “oh, that’s a nice guitar” rather than “Jesus he’s a knob.... so arrogant the way he describes his work”.

I’ve been through issues with staff in my last job. Usually involved picking up the slack and apologising to customers for said staff members inability to communicate properly with other human beings. Although this is different, the lack of desire to employ someone to help properly is holding me back a little.

The funny thing is, spraying is part of it but the prep is vital and the end result is combination of several stages. The biggest challenge is fixing bodies that have been “aged” or “relic’d” by other people or businesses. And yes, I’ll be showing some of that soon :)
 

Chu

Well-Known Member
#12
Ha ha, I can imagine!

On another forum I loiter on, people are frequently trying to enforce the notion that expansion is always desirable. Sometimes expansion just moves the driven, passionate founder into a role they never wanted and aren't very good at. Anyway, keep up the fine work but I trust you to remember that it is Christmas/New Year and that some Scott/Family time is also vital :)
 
#19
Lovely work Scott! A classic strat is still first on my list when a space opens up. The question is now, which colour!

Personally, I was tempted to do a rising sun style super strat for myself. But, because Rich has used the aforementioned graphics before I think he wants to try something he hasn’t done. That’s where this stuff comes in to play
You gotta do the Union Jack 335 to come full circle though right? ;)
 

Lonestar

SC Relics Guitars
#20
Lovely work Scott! A classic strat is still first on my list when a space opens up. The question is now, which colour!



You gotta do the Union Jack 335 to come full circle though right? ;)
I’m going to be specialising in 50s classics and custom colours just now. I should always have a burst or two in stock as well as fiesta red and sonic blue (for example).

Haha, no union jacks for me I’m afraid. I’m not in the right location for that!
 
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