..... to it and grind it up in all the wrong places? .... or at least that's what it looks like... There are some ridiculous relic jobs out there that are kind of funny to look at and then scratch your head wondering what they were thinking? If some of these relic people would take time to study vintage guitar pictures, and then carefully copy the typical wear patterns, add a few dings here and there with some very careful razor blading, it would help make a more realistic looking relic! Of course even a good relic'd guitar with improper hardware, a fretboard that still looks new, or even the wrong kind of, or new guitar case is useless. Personally, I would rather find a guitar that I like and put my own natural wear and tear on it .... I'm pretty good at doing that.