Whether you love the idea of relic'd guitars or despise them, given that in recent months Fender added relic'd finishes to its ultra-popular Vintera line, and Gibson established an entire Custom Shop division devoted entirely to aged finishes, it's a trend that ain't going away anytime soon.
To that end, London-based Monty's Guitars has taken the fad to its next logical step with Montypresso, an all-natural wax that allows DIY-minded guitarists to relic their own beloved instruments themselves.
When applied to open-grained wood, Montypresso is said to make the color richer, darker and, obviously, more aged-looking. Users can apply the wax to unfinished bodies and fretboards, in generous amounts and over several coats to “allow the stain to soak deep into the wood and work its magic."
Monty's says (opens in new tab) that this results in instruments that are comfortably worn-in in both look and feel.
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If interested though, guitarists should proceed with caution, as the wax's effects are irreversible once applied. Additionally, Monty's advises buyers to take care when handling the wax around furniture or clothing.
Monty's Guitars Montypresso is available either in a coffee cup or collectible mug, for £16 (~$21) and £41 (~$55), respectively. Monty's is offering a 20% discount on the wax, however, through the end of 2020.
For more info, stop by montysguitars.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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