Except for the lower line PRS's,(which are great guitars), Prs owner seem to be pretty anal about their instruments. A scratch might require an hour with their therapist over the matter. And, they might have to repair that scratch. We see lots of discussion over relic and not. But it really comes down to this, and it is almost like a religion the way you believe. You are either anal about your instrument or not. Me, outside of a bad smell, if the guitar plays and sounds like your God is next to you, that is all that matters. I only care about condition for the purchase price value and how hard it would be to sell from whatever malady you accepted when you purchased the guitar.. I have my belief systems. I am a Realtor. Some folks must have new or they are only interested in a home that is a total refurbish. For the most part, if you value your dollar, that is the easiest way to loose in Real estate, especially new, in the short term. Same goes for auto, buy new pay the pauper and you loose a few thousand the day of purchase. Fact is, some people just can't buy used, it tears them apart. There's the someone elses problem attitude too. When you grow up thinking one way about this, a total bargain scares you, unless it is new. For me, I don't like, used underwear or shoes; ain't going to happen. When cassette decks were in fashion; that I would buy new ,but good working speakers, receiver, I am OK with a good price for those. But man PRS owners, what is with them, If I dig into a guitar, I am going to ware it and eventual bang it up. What a Dichotomy owning a PRS is, great guitar, but don't scratch it or play it hard. Any mint PRS high end guitar is more like a show piece to them, than an instrument that you play. And here is a case in point. Saw someone at anther forum saying they Jones for a holly body PRS. I have one and proposed a possible deal. I bought this PRS Holly body II. IT is in excellent shape cept for one thing. And that one thing would make most PRS owners twist and turn in an anal fricassee. When I bought it, the owner claimed there was a scratch on the back. The price was right. And I mean really right. I get the guitar, it wasn't a scratch more like a gash.I was a little peeved, but again I got it for a great price. I put a Betty Page decal that covers 90% of it. And you know what, it looks pretty cool. Anyway my proposal fell flat. I get the feeling that the person I was taking to would have a hard time keeping it if I gave it to him. I am not blaming him because if you have that philosophy inside you, you will never feel comfortable and it WILL make you twist and turn. I get the same from customers in Real Estate. They only qualify for a certain amount. They look, and unfortunately without a Realtor to institute some stability in their thoughts. And decide, that they can not be happy with the budget they have to buy a USED home or fix up. People come to me and say, I want a fix up, a deal, but they are ingrained with this, NEW type attitude. And they never buy a home or chump themselves into a poorly done renovation that they let the sizzle do their decision. In close, the answer really is people do not always rule with logic, they rule with emotion. Unless you ride with disposable income, you are never going to get there.