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Relic Guitars: A Vintage Look for a Modern Player

Relic guitars are electric guitars that have been artificially aged or distressed to give them the appearance of being old and well-played. They are popular among guitarists who want to have the vintage vibe and feel of a classic instrument without paying the high price or dealing with the maintenance issues of a genuine antique. Here is Rat Bait's take on that idea.

1 – Nashville Tele Type Guitar – Relic Body

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This guitar body is made from Paulownia with vintage mahogany repair patch, reconstructed and restored in our rat infested shed in North Devon. The red paintwork on the rear and sides of the body has been partially removed and gives a roadworn, battered, relic look.

This Nashville style guitar sounds very old school. The middle single pole pickup is a vintage one that is at least 20 / 25 years old. The bridge pickup, electrics, machine heads, bridge and Jack socket are new. The black 3 ply scratchplate has been salvaged from a defunct Telecaster.


  • Salvaged body made from Paulownia Approx. Thickness: 41.5mm
  • Chrome Neck Pickup Vintage Tone High Quality Approx. Resistance: 6.39k
  • Middle single coil pickup
  • Black 3 ply scratchplate
  • Black Telecaster bridge pickup Approx. Resistance: 6.37k Vintage Tone
  • 22-fret maple neck, Rosewood type fretboard New 10mm Machine Heads Nut Width: 1.656 In. (42 mm) Scale Length: 25.5″ New waterproof gig bag

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Please remember – Non-UK clients must contact us before purchasing products. Shipping must be added for international shoppers. If you are from a non-UK country your order will not be dispatched unless you contact us before purchase. All UK shipping is free of charge. We carry a small amount of stock which changes constantly – contact us if you are looking for a part.
  • All items are posted using Royal Mail.
  • Orders dispatched within two working days.
  • We accept reasonable return requests.

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The telecaster body is a solid-body electric guitar that was designed by Leo Fender in the late 1940s and early1950s. It was originally called the Esquire, then the Broadcaster, and finally the Telecaster in 1951. It was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar revolutionising the music industry with its simple, rugged, and versatile design.

Relic guitars can be made by either modifying existing guitars or building them from scratch using new or old parts. Relic guitars can have varying levels of ageing, from light to heavy, depending on the preference of the customer.

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