I never cared for relic'd guitars in theory. Then I picked one up in the shop. Like @gio19, I noticed the specs but not the relic. It is a Custom Shop. Another thing I was predisposed NOT to like. But it felt like a nice, worn-in guitar without being worn out. Then I noticed the relic'ing. Now I can see the attraction. For me it's not cosmetic but feel. Though I have no objection of someone likes the worn in look. What's it to me?