The thing that turned my head on regular Relic’s a decade+ ago ? They were always the best Fenders in the store. I’d go to Elderly 2 or 3 times a month back then and play all the cool Fenders that interested me from all price ranges and the Relics were the best playing/sounding/feeling by a wide margin. I remember playing a real vintage completely stock 1958 Telecaster after playing a Relic Nocaster for about a half hour. I gave the 58 back to Tim and went back to the Nocaster. I still think about that guitar. Masterbuilt ? No interest . And no way are they $3k to $4k “better” than a reg CS model. Relic’s ? I still can’t really afford one but I’d pay $2k-ish for the right one without feeling ripped off.