Relicing a Guitar Headstock – Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project

Ok, so this attempt at relicing a guitar headstock will all but finish off the relicing of the neck.

So far I have finished sanding and staining the back of the neck, made the fingermarks on the fret board and all that’s left is to match the look of the headstock with the work I have done so far on the rest of the neck.

Here’s the video explaining how I went about relicing the headstock on my Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Strat copy. I have to apologize, for the audio in the video, for some reason it’s not matching with the video frames and for the life on me I don’t know how to fix it.

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I am reasonably happy with the results, although I feel I overdid the wear under the logo and I am a little disappointed with that. If I had my time over I would not have made the wear so big, the rest of the headstock came up pretty good I think.

I took off all of the hardware before I started de-glossing the poly coated headstock, and sanded the gloss off with a steel wool pad, I did try using some really fine grit sand paper, but found the steel wool gave a better overall finish.

After I sanded the gloss off and scored the edges with the knife, I rubbed in some more black shoe polish to darken everything up. I have to say the black shoe polish is working an absolute treat.

Here are some pics of my progress…

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project Headstock Front

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project Headstock Bottom Edge

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project Headstock Top Edge

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project Back of Headstock Bottom Edge

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project Back of Headstock Top Edge

All in all the results are not too bad, but I wished I hadn’t taken so much of the poly off from under the Logo area. I am really disappointed about that, oh well, you live and learn.

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