Well count me as one of those that just did not get the heavy relic guitar. I didn't lead a crusade against them like some forum posters and tried not to be negative about them other than they weren't for me. So about a month or so ago a friend proposed trading his Masterbuilt heavy relic Nocaster for my Martin D-19 Authentic 1939 (Authentic Series not a vintage guitar). I briefly considered it but quickly decided against it. I was looking for a custom shop Nocaster, either NOS or closet classic. I've owned about 3 custom shop nocasters in the past, the last one I sorely regretted selling it. So after telling my friend I wasn't interested he came by for a visit to play my 2 authentics. He is on a search for one and wanted to play mine. He brought his Nocaster and said I could keep it for a month or so just to play around with it. It does have an amazing neck on it, probably the best I've ever held. Nice and thick and symetrical. Maybe slightly a hair smaller than my other nocasters but absolutely the best thickness for my hands. At first I got playing around comparing it to my Wildwood thin sking 52 which has a slightly smaller (not by much) neck than the nocaster. It is also very comfortable. At first I thought I liked my 52 better as the days went by I thought that I liked them both equally. They are different and both could be useful to me. Yes I was considering ownership with out even realizing it. After a couple weeks It was clear I loved this guitar. It feels so comfortable like its really an old guitar. Then I started to get it. I have read all those internet forum comments about anyone who plays one is nothing but a poser with a fake guitar trying to pass it off as a real vintage guitar as if I put those dings and wear on there. I never typed those words my self and tried not to have an opinion one way or the other but I guess when you read something over and over... But its not about that to me. I don't hardly gig and it really doesn't matter to me at my age what it looks like. Its like putting on an old pair of comfortable slippers. It just feels so worn in and just so right in my hands. The setup on this, which the owner had just got is perfect and the intonation is dead on with the stock non comp saddles. Its got me so enchanted that I have toyed around with the idea that this masterbuilt nocaster is the only tele I need. Although the look is still slowly winning me over and I like the idea of having a "no wear" pristine looking tele as well. They kind of look cool next to each other. And the tones are so different its worth having both. Twisted tele and Nocaster pickups side by side. The tone of this nocaster is so clear and clean on the treble strings its got this acoustic 3d quality to it. The bass strings are very warm sounding and I thought about maybe replacing the E\A saddle with aluminum but I thought if I keep my 52 its got Rutters saddles with that configuration. The neck is bare wood and is such a joy to play. The feel is amazing. So after all that meet the newest member of my small stable of guitars. Not technically mine yet as I'm paying for it the first week of March.