I thought I would give a few how-to’s on how to relic your very own guitar.
Today’s quick lesson is on aging the hardware of the axe.This is probably something you don’t think about when you think about relic-ing your guitar.Ya just want to get straight to peeling and scratching the paint of your guitars body! But having a relic Strat body and shiny new hardware is not very believable. especially when you’re playing with some older fellas!
I had totally forgotten where I learned this method, but It must have been about a year ago.
Note: If you screw up anything on your guitar during this process, it is not my fault!
It’s a pretty simple method. The very first thing you need to do is take the hardware off your guitar that you want aged. Bridge, tuners, screws and all that. Now we can get to the good stuff. Muratic acid is the main ingredient for aging your hardware. So grab a bottle at your local home depot or other home store.
- Get a thick plastic container that is about 12 inches wide and 12 inches long (12 x 12) with a lid that fits on it.
- Cut/drill some small holes into the lid. Space them out from each other by an inch or two.
- Now pour about 2 inches of the muratic acid into the container. Put the lid on top.
- Set the hardware on top of the lid.
- Now cover the container with the hardware on top with a black plastic trash bag
- That’s it. Let that sit over night.
Also, do not forget to wear some sort of mask when fooling with the acid, because it is kind of strong and smelly.
When you check on it the next day to see what it’s done to the hardware, you can either leave it longer if you want it aged more, or you can go ahead and take the hardware and rinse it all off with some soap and water. also, you should oil up parts that move, like the tremelo where the whammy bar goes.
There ya go!