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Without shipping back

- Preparation of body and neck for painting

- New nitro varnish refinishing (body and neck)

- Relic Process (Body, Neck and hardware)

Working time : around 5 months (variable depending on my schedule)



Without shipping back

- Preparation (if necessary) of the body or neck for painting

- New nitro varnish refinishing

- Relic Process (hardware included if provided)

Working time : variable depending on my schedule


The colour

- Whatever the color requested (including over finish)

The relic spirit

- Whatever ageing you wish, from soft to hard (examples below)

Examples of ageing styles

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I don't offer makeover without relic finish or VOS or
ageing on colours already applied



"Freestyle" Package


This package is ideal for the more indecisive or rocky among you.

You want an old instrument but you have no ideas?

You like surprises and you prefer to leave me free hands on the best choice for your guitar?

This "Freestyle" package is made for you !

For a more affordable price, I decide everything:

-You let me choose the color myself

-You also let me choose the relic style, soft / medium / heavy, I decide myself

- To keep a maximum of mystery and surprise, you will have no pictures of the progress of the work.

-You would only discover the result once the instrument was back home!

Price of the"Freestyle" package



Without shipping back

- Stripping if necessary of body and neck


- New nitro varnish refinishing (body and neck)

- Relic Process (Body, Neck and hardware)

Working time : around 5 months (variable depending on my schedule)

  ATTENTION: This package is not available for bodies or necks only. 


In order to better understand your request, avoid misunderstandings with my clients and avoid too far-fetched projects that would not be in accordance with my ideas of ageing, I have decided to put together a list of information necessary and essential for the successful completion of your project.


Much of the information below is already on my website


Following receipt of these elements, I will decide whether or not to follow up on your project.


Know that what is most important to me is to achieve a realistic relic, requests that disagree with my convictions cannot be accepted.


The price (which is fixed) for a complete instrument is 700 euros (return shipping costs at your expense).

This price increases to 400 euros for only a body or a neck




Please give me this information with as much detail as possible:


- Last name First Name

- Address

- Phone number

- Model of your guitar: (after many unpleasant surprises when stripping, I no longer accept certain models)

- Year of your instrument

- Desired color

- Desired relic process : SOFT - MEDIUM - HARD

(Example / photos see my website in the « price » or "Guitars" section to give you an idea, knowing that my work is artisanal, so each model will be different and the ageing is not a copy paste, you don't know doubt!)


- Cracks: YES - NO

(Example / photos see on my website in the "guitars" section: the cracks are a random technique, so they will not be exactly as in the photos, I cannot master this natural process exactly, each model cracks differently!)


Know that for the relicage to be in line with my convictions and my perfectionist realism, it seems essential to me that UV traces appear under the hardware (for Gibson as for Fender)


- FADING OF THE COLOR: very faded or softy faded

(Example on the different models already made on my site)




I am a craftsman and my work cannot be a copy of a guitar,

I also consider that if you entrust me with your instrument, you have been sufficiently attentive to my work and convinced of it.


When a request is validated by myself and by the client, for the respect of my work, you will be able to have work news during the months necessary for the realization of your request, but I will no longer send photos to each of these steps (for lack of time!), I will only send you the photos of the finished instrument


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES do I accept last minute changes (with many instruments in my workshop, you will agree that in order to meet everyone's deadline I can't change everything along the way!). I will respect all requests expressed by e-mail


Last thing very important to me: Your instrument is the result of a long work of craftsman.

Each guitar without exception (complete or only body or neck) will be stamped with my signature mark (behind the heads for the necks and in a cavity for the bodies) This is a sine qua non condition including on the oldest models.


Do not hesitate to add comments, requests or additional information to your e-mail.

Of course, I am also available by phone if needed.


If your request is validated, I will send you in return a complete estimate, summarizing all your requests that I will ask you to sign to validate the start of the work. The result will be sent to you between 5 and 6 months after receipt of your instrument.


Thank you for your trust and cooperation.


My workshop is based in the Roanne region (42 - France), so your instrument may need to be shipped.

The shipping costs for the return trip are the responsibility of the owner.


Each instrument can be shipped anywhere in the world.

I send all instruments via private carriers (UPS, Fedex, TNT etc....)

The return shipment is systematically accompanied by an insurance up to 2000€ for a complete instrument and 1000€ for only body or only neck.

BE CAREFUL : to activate the insurance, it is imperative to open the package WITH the carrier upon receipt of your instrument to check for any damage. If this is the case, the insurance is cancelled if this verification is not respected.


I strongly recommend that the owner of the instrument protect it well when sending it because it will be sent back with the same boxes and protections.

I am not responsible for the loss, theft or breakage of your instrument (never happened before so PROTECT YOUR INSTRUMENT).

You can pick up your instrument at my workshop if you speak French, weekdays only, coffee is waiting for you :-)  



I am not a luthier and not guitarist, I don't have the knowledge to be able to propose a setting of the instrument as advanced, fine and precise as a professional can do.

My speciality is only varnishing and relic process, I just propose a basic adjustment for each guitar or bass leaving my workshop but a more advanced adjustment will be necessary anyway with your usual luthier (especially with the risks of transport

The same goes for the rewiring of the pickups, I have no knowledge in this field, so I will leave it to you to have them rewired by a professional.


I only accept bank transfer methods (i don't have a Paypal account)

I no longer accept payments in 2 times , the full payment will be made only at the end of the work.

no advance is required for refin and aging process on your guitar.


Relic'Art Guitares will have to sell the instrument if it is not paid after 2 months from receipt of the invoice.

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