Yep - totally agreed here. I have a CS Journeyman relic Tele and it was the most reasonable way for me to capture the vibe/feeling of the vintage Fenders I adore. With a family and house obligations I can't justify wading through the actual vintage market so that was the best I could do and I'm happy I did it.
Yeah same here. Plus being called a poser or looked at as trying to impress my friends or the audience has nothing to do with it. It’s just a look.
Here’s a good question. If I bought a real worn vintage strat or a fake relic, would I have to wear a t-shirt that says “it’s real” for all the wondering guitar enthusiasts? What if the wear was real but I bought it that way a week prior? Still a poser? It’s like wearing someone else’s worn jeans that I just bought used.
See how silly the whole argument about fake versus real is. Unless you personally bought something new and put your own labour of love into it, it’s all fake in a sense.