How would you know if a guitar was reliced or not? I put a reliced neck I purchased on a new body that happened to have small damage on it that ended up in me getting it cost free. I've since put a couple small dents in it while playing it. I thought about lightly aging the nickel hardware but i'm too lazy and figure it will age itself soon anyway. The guitar is only a few month old but resembles a light relic. If I was clumsier or wore studded belts like in the 80's it would be even more reliced by now. Not all relics have the standard forearm exposed wood and claw marks. I actually tried to reduce the wear on the fretboard by applying some tru oil on the worn spots which blended ok. I wasn't particularly looking for a reliced neck but the roasted flame one I got was too sweet a deal to pass up. I could have just as easily damaged the body myself and intentionally put those dents in it and the guitar would look identical.