Short review- Got this a week ago- Some people like Relic's. The first time I saw a Fender relic I remember thinking that "you must be a real moron to pay for relicing" Well, they have grown on me. Not necessarily the looks. The Feel. I played one of the Rory Strats in June and haven't stopped thinking about it. Now I like relics. There are some things that are good reliced. Guitars = Yes Women = No. Stretchmarks and floppy breasts are a sign of relicing on women and must be refinished or rebuffed ASAP I have a EJ and a 62 Thinskin and thought I had my bases covered? Right? Wrong- The neck really fits like a glove. It feels natural in your hands. It is very worn in. The body and neck are silky smooth and this is the most comfortable guitar I have ever played. It feels like it's supposed to be there, sort of like I just cupped a nice set of breasts. The pickups sound warm and bluesy, and overdriven really shine. Likes ---------------- Pickups - Worn in Feel - Price - I got a good deal from a dealer Weight - This one is light Before I did a setup I noticed that I could drop gain in spades on this guitar without squealing. I took off the pickguard and noticed this The body cavities are stamped with "Relic" I took off the neck and the neck and the neck pocket are stamped the same I noticed that the body was not shielded. I expected that, but I was wondering why this guitar could handle feedback so well I then noticed that the guitar had 2 pickguards. It has an anodized pickguard underneath the normal pickguard. I recently shielded a few of my guitars and what I should have done was tried this method first. It still has 60 cycle hum, but doesn't sound like someone is skinning a cat whenever I crank the juice! Dislikes ---------------- Not really liking the mismatched tuner. Not 100 percent on the looks. Maybe 98%. I haven't owned something this reliced before. Fender did do a very good job making it look realistic in person. The setup was poor... but really I don't know whose fault that is. It probably sat in a warehouse the entire winter. Within an hour I was ready to go. I also had to rewire the tone so that it worked on the bridge pup. Sorry Rory. I can't see anyone wouldn't want it like that. That is about it for a review- Not sure if anyone reads those anyways. You have to try one. It's really great. I will try to post a few video clips in the next day or so. Wanna see what Italy looks like in September (not Italian - US Army stationed in Vicenza Italy) Gibson also make a fine guitar as well!