Ive had a chance to gig on several Nash guitars, and while they are very cool, they ain't the be all end all of Fender replicas. I think they sound great, but you put Lollar, Frailin, Duncan or any other great pickup in ANY Strat,Tele, whatever and you can PLAY( that being the operative word here) your gonna have a great sounding guitar. As far as the relic thing, I think you should get out and play some bars. That should do it. I dont understand that big money for a parts guitar anyway, I mean come on, lets get real, if you make great music, nobody gives a crap how beat up your guitar is. I remember when we tried to keep our axes looking new, and it made us sick for the first ding to get on it. My how times have changed. I guess its all about the looks anyway! Just my venting on a ridiculous phase all guitar players go through. Remember Floyd Rose Tremeloes and Sustainers?