The relic'd guitar has been in fashion for over a decade now ( 2 decades?). Has the fake relic fad run it's race? The only vintage guitar I've ever owned was a real one, not a fake. Personally, if I want to buy a new guitar, I don't want one thats looks like it's been dragged around on a dog leash or been poorly looked after. If a new guitar has a scratch on it it would be considered a second. Most vintage guitars will command a higher price if they are in good condition.