Hosco have started producing a few aged plastic pieces to compliment Gotoh’s relic range. I ordered samples of most to check them out. Depending on your viewing platform you need to click on “view image” to get full sized pictures.
There are 3 aged white pickguards available – 57, 62 and 72. The ageing looks quite good to me – no splits at the screw holes, but lighter sections under the strings and knobs and scratching. Holes and profile seem fine with my comparison guards. Strangely the shielding behind the switch slot hasn’t been cut!
Obviously there are other bits to go along with the pickguards. The knobs and covers can be toned down with wiping.
I am certainly leaning towards stocking one of the pickguards – probably 57 or 62. Not sure about the rest of the plastics.
There are also some less “caster” oriented knobs. The gold ones look pretty cool – the black ones I received look brand new, so I need to confirm whether they are actually the correct aged versions.
So what do you think? Should I stock the Strat plastics package or just the guards, and should I continue to expand into more non-Fender parts?