I only want to offer 2 unique rates that are valid:
- whatever the work to be done before varnishing (pickling or not)
- whatever the color requested (including over finish)
- whatever the degree of relic style (from soft to heavy)
550 euros *
Stripping of body and neck (or not if the elements are already raw)
-New nitro varnish refinishing (body and neck)
-Relic Process (Body, Neck and hardware)
Working time : around 5 months
* Without shipping back
ONLY BODY OR ONLY NECK
350 euros *
Stripping of only body or only neck (or not if the elements are already raw)
-New nitro varnish refinishing
Working time : around 3 months
* Without shipping back
After contact, we take the time together to define your needs and desires (new colour, ageing style, parts to be found or replaced if necessary etc...)
An estimate is then proposed on the basis of the information provided by the owner of the instrument.
When the estimate is validated, I start looking for the requested elements and wait for the arrival of the instrument to age.
I regularly send photos by email at each important step of the work (body and neck without varnish, new colour, relic process and finally the finished guitar) so that the owner can follow in real time and intervene on the progress of the transformation.
When the finished instrument is validated by the owner and once payment has been made, it will be packed and shipped within a few days.
The tracking number will be sent as soon as the instrument is sent.
- I work in a traditional way, so I don't have the ability to make a perfect copy from an existing photo or model, I always work "in the spirit" but never "the same thing", so each guitar leaving my workshop is unique in its finish.
I do not propose relic process directly on varnishes already applied, nitro or polyurethane, because this technique does not allow a realistic and credible result.
- It is possible to relicage only a few parts (pickguard, metal parts etc...)
- For refin and relic process on your instrument no deposit is required (your own instrument is used as a guarantee)
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.
You have the possibility to pay with different methods :
Bank transfer or Paypal transfer.
A payment in 2 times is possible; in this case, the instrument will only be shipped after receipt of the 2nd payment.
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.