I don't mean to be a downer here but alot of builders charge that much for allparts stuff. I have a K-line that has allparts stuff that I paid 1500.00 and was no where near as reliced as that. Meaning less labor. So did I get ripped off? Nash also uses all parts from what I hear. Now to be clear, I am not saying I did get ripped off. But the above indicates I did.
I would never pay someone that much for their labor. I could understand if the neck and body were of top notch quality...but those allpart neck and body? Alder? That's not too pricey.
I looked into it
$165 for the neck
$230 for the body
$130 for the vintage noiseless pickups
$50 for the bridge
$30 or $45 for the tuners
and an even $80 for everything else (pickguard, screws, springs, neck and control plate, switch, pots etc)
All of that is $700. My estimation of $500 was off. But that's still $800 for labor on a relic job that's nowhere close to the referenced picture. There are some really nice guitars you can get for $1500, new and used, that are going to have better cuts of Alder, a much better neck, better electronics, etc.
You can pick up one helluva strat for $1500..less even and then have it relic'd. You can pick up a used PRS or the occasional Les Paul standard. O might not understand relicing a guitar, but even just looking at it from a "quality" guitar standpoint...
But, different strokes...