First new guitar was a $30 Teisco Del Rey. It was so horrible I can not even say it was a proper guitar. After a couple months the thing would not even tune and the neck had warped so bad the action had risen to a state that I could not fret the guitar if I could tune. When I finally upgraded I could only afford an old beat up Gibson ES125 T. The thing looked horrible but at least it played nice. But, I still envied my friends who had nice new shinny guitars. Almost all my guitars were old battered bought used guitars. I did not get my first new name brand guitar, an acoustic Guild, until 1986. That was 20 years after buying the Teisco Del Rey. This is the reason I never understood the appeal of relic guitars. This brings me to my reason for starting this thread. I have become interested in buying a Fender Post-Modern NOS Telecaster. I was looking at Fender's price sheet for this guitar (http://support.fender.com/library/2015/2015-Fender-Custom-Shop-BW-Consumer-Price-List.pdf) and see that the relic version costs $350 more than a non-relic one. I have no interest in buying the relic version, but still, $350 more for a version that looks old and beat up? B. T. Barnum would smile.