I disagree. I had a Wildwood "10" CS 56 Strat for a few years that was lightly reliced, which was mostly finishes that looked and felt aged, and void of the disk sander embellishments. You really couldn't tell it was reliced unless you looked at it up close. but it felt very comfortable due to that pseudo aging process. My new American Original 50s Strat has a brand new nitro finish which has that new nitro drag as your arm moves on the body and when bending strings. So the relicing process isn't always about aesthetics only.