I think I finally get why this thread is so bizarre to me....I've never bought a guitar based on the way it looks, and I've never let looks get between me and a good guitar. I've never bought an instrument that I haven't played first and really liked....also, i've never pulled one off the wall that didn't first have features that i was interested in (p/u configuration, body/top materials, fingerboard material...etc) and that I didn't first feel the neck of to see if I liked it.I talk about them by stating that I don't get them and if you do that's fine.
'Understand' them? Dude, to me the entire premise is so utterly beyond skullfarked. That hasn't changed in 20 years, it's not going to ever change. I'll never get the attraction of a guitar that is aged like a Hollywood prop. But I also think Geddy Lee is the worst vocalist I've ever heard and he has sold bazillions of records.
Like I keep saying, if it sells guitars for the music industry, it's certainly making a lot of customers happy. But it will not stop you from being angry.
I can however understand that some would buy an instrument off the internet w/o playing it first because it was a make/model/year that they wanted and it had a figured top and gloss finish that they liked....I guess the difference is, I wouldn't go into their thread and hate on it even if I don't 'get it'.
in the end, I have 2 relics, 2 non relics and 1 vintage electric and this thread hasn't influenced me one way or the other. Since they are all different, I just grab the one that is either right for the playing situation or the one I just feel like playing...sometimes it's a relic...sometimes it isn't, but that's just ones man's opinion I guess